Online marketplaces have, without a doubt, taken the Philippines by storm. It’s a whole new arena of retail merchandising as shopaholics and bandwagoners sign up as members of group buying sites.
Here’s our list of 5 successful online shops, now big brands, that Pinoys truly love: (in no particular order)
Before its launch in May 2012, news about the arrival of Zalora in the Philippines spread like wildfire. The brand made big waves after young ladies and women united and held an early celebration through social media.
While there are a lot of international designers featured on Zalora, the company’s strategy to include the most relevant local brands has not only earned a significant following but also showcased how much Filipinos love fashion and how many have finally embraced online shopping.
It’s not just the females who are following Zalora. You’d be surprised that males have also been tinkering with the website to find a new addition to their wardrobe.
The reason why we love Zalora so much is because it has a trend report and magazine where you can keep yourself updated with the latest fashion, travel, and lifestyle news.
Our favorite brands on Zalora are Victoria’s Secret, Primadonna, River Island, Mango, Celine, and Ezra by Zalora.
Why is Deal Grocer in this list? Deal Grocer is fairly new (even if it was founded in late 2010) and there are other shops which deserve to take this spot. However, Deal Grocer has been a major source for online discounts from prestigious brands that most Pinoys can only dream of having or experiencing one day.
Unlike other websites, all of the deals that you will find on Deal Grocer somewhat give the impression that each one has been carefully selected for the most discerning customer. There’s this good feeling about shopping through the online website because there is no single deal which feels like a scam. Deal Grocer’s merchant partners include but are not limited to El Nido Resorts, Discovery Shores, Misibis Bay, The Farm at San Benito, The Spa, Fitness First, and Belo Medical Group.
To cut it short, Deal Grocer is our gateway to a lavish lifestyle with deep discounts.
One thing you need to know about ZOO: it’s an online fashion brand that was founded by the Zulueta sisters, Kat, Karla, and Kim. It all began as a childhood dream until they finally began selling limited statement-making footwear. Whenever we think of ZOO, we are reminded of three things: shoes, parties, and more shoes. Most of Manila’s partyphiles and some celebrities buy shoes from the Zulueta’s online store.
It took some time before they finally expanded their offerings, but it’s great that ZOO rolled out their clothing and accessories. And, hey, they offer worldwide delivery.
Cash Cash Pinoy
Because it has Pinoy in its name, Cash Cash Pinoy is one online group buying site that we have easily become fond of. There seems to be something very Filipino about the website. Perhaps, it’s because there’s a great value for money.
Online shoppers love Cash Cash Pinoy because it has a vast array of offerings from fashion, home and décor, electronics, lifestyle, beauty, dining, and travel. It’s like a one-stop-shop or an online mall for all things you want and need.
Did we say that the website is simple and clean with lots of great images? It’s a website that can pick you up from sulking in your chair when you’re bored.
And, who doesn’t know Metrodeal? It’s an online shopping heaven because everything you see on the website is something you would want to buy – even if you weren’t really planning to buy anything.
Metrodeal, perhaps, is the reason why Filipinos have become addicted to “online couponing.” Enough said.
The growing and roaring power of buyers coupled with online commerce has become a big success story in the country that consumers apply for credit cards to make online payment much easier. Plus, they have the option to pay on an installment basis without interest for some deals.
Just a couple of reminders, as a consumer, you have every right to contact the merchant or the selling platform to report any anomaly after purchasing a deal. However, you also need to look at the brighter side of staying in touch. Here’s one great tip: you can always request to bring back a deal that already ended or to get them to talk to a merchant to offer promos on their websites.
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