Amazon for stuff you can’t get in the PH, Lazada for accessories, and Zalora for shoes.
In between my day job and blogging, I usually find myself browsing through online shopping sites. I mostly window shop and my usual “haunts” include Amazon, Lazada and Zalora.
Amazon, sadly, is not available in the Philippines and its a shame. The site has tons of interesting stuff and most are reasonably priced or on sale. There are ways to have the items delivered here, but I prefer to have it sent to a relative based in the US who plans to vacation in the Philippines.
On Amazon, I was able to buy a couple of Casio watches, a refurbished Samsung Tab 7.0, a Chromebook, and hopefully, a smartwatch (depends on my comptroller; budget is tight). All bought on sale or at reduced cost. I have no complaints so far, but there are downsides. One, there might not be any returns, exchanges or warranties (unless you are willing to have it sent back with your relative once they return to the US). And two, once you bought it, you have to wait for your relative to arrive in the country. Either way, if you are willing to take the risk, the rewards are worth it.
Also an interesting site, Lazada is the closest thing we have to Amazon. They have a multitude of items to choose from.
I mostly use the site to look for accessories like flash drives and SD cards. I also browse the site for phones and gadgets not officially available locally. It could be a hit of miss sometimes as there were some reports of fake items, wrong orders, and delayed deliveries. And while this could be true, it all boils down to choosing a reliable seller.
Here, I got SD cards because of the price and the vouchers (hooray for discounts). My wife, on the other hand, bought several items, including clothes and beauty products. Delivery has been great so far.
Zalora is our country’s premier fashion market place. My wife frequents the site, having bought several dresses. They carry clothes, bags, watches, accessories and shoes.
I come to this site for the bags and the shoes. In fact, I think Zalora offers a great selection of men’s footwear. Hey, I enjoy browsing for shoes as much as most guys.
And while I am very selective of what shoes I buy (mostly because of my meager budget), Zalora’s offerings are within what I am willing to spend. Just make sure you know your size before ordering. But if the shoes don’t fit, it’s comforting to know that you can return or exchange it within 30 days after you receive your goods.
Oh and in case you guys ask, I have also used Kimstore, DBGadgets and Widget City in the past for affordable smartphones, cameras and other gadgets.
And that’s how I window shop online. How about you guys? Where do you go online for your shopping (or window shopping) needs?