Thursday, October 28, 2010

Avoid The Crowds - Shop Online

We were at SM San Lazaro when they had that 3-day sale in the beginning of the month, during the time when they were offering the 10% additional discount for the first 2 hours for SM Advantage card holders. Oh, what a crowd! It was the first time in ages that we've seen this mall packed, as in sardines-in-a-can type of crowded! We were there to get a gift and ended up empty-handed. We were trying to do our shopping before the time we had to pick up Benjo and the line we were in didn't seem to be moving. So we just left what we wanted to buy and decided to go back the next morning. Then two weeks later came another sale at SM Megamall. I had thought that since this mall was bigger, it wouldn't be as packed. But how wrong I was! Jojo could already see by the way that some cars parked along the street that we would have a hard time getting a place to park. So strike 2, we made a u-turn and headed for Greenhills, less crowded and surprisingly, also had sales where I ended up buying a few gifts from my Christmas list (check-check, it feels good to see the list getting shorter).

Since the bazaar list that I have on this blog is the most read, I thought of offering another list, this time for those who don't want to worry about traffic, crowds and other time-consuming hassles. Yes, there is such an option and it's called online shopping, browsing and buying right in your own home (or office for those not-so-busy employees). I bought from ebay several times, both when I was still in the US and also here in the Philippines. I also got to sell several items on ebay.ph, which was a lot of fun and profitable.

I will continue to add to this list as I find more sites online.  (Most of these sites are based in the Philippines with Philippine-made products.  Buying locally helps the environment, less travelling time for your product means less use of fuel.  Plus you will be helping a talented and deserving entrepreneur/kababayan and our local economy.)

cebuisland.com  - Buy gifts and accessories made from native products online
ebay.ph - Bid on an item at this local version of the popular online shopping site, ebay.com
etsy.com - Similar to ebay but most sellers have hand-made products for sale
Human Nature - Organic health and beauty products, from a group of socially-conscious entrepreneurs helping local farmers (founded by the children of Tony Meloto of Gawad Kalinga)
National Bookstore
Shepherd's Voice - Bo Sanchez's Kerygma products, such as Didache and Companion.  You can also donate to their ministry online.
Suelas Shoes - Flatten it, Fold it, Roll it - fashionable, comfortable shoes

Remember:
  • Check your seller's profile and selling records (for ebay and etsy) before buying. 
  • There are several options for paying for your items - paypal and gcash are a couple of options.

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