We grew up in a rural area where mall isn’t very near our place so people would rather buy clothing from Ukay-Ukay or RTWs that they can find nearby. Direct selling was also very common in our place before. I could still remember, many women would knock on our doors and give my mother some catalogs to choose from so she could order stuff and pay for them later (Oh, I can’t stress the importance of “utang” back then, lol!). I really don’t agree with “utang”, even Dane and I want to live a life free of debts as much as possible because the stress is gonna kill you! Also, it destroys your reputation, a friendship and even relationship sometimes (specially if you forget to pay, whether intentionally or not). I don’t know, I think it just was a trend back then (and even now, many are still offering a “get-now-pay-later”). Not that I’m against it but for me, if the price isn’t too high and you can afford to pay for it right off the bat, go ahead and pay already so you won’t need to worry.
Good thing nowadays, we have more shopping options available. And most of them will require for you to pay cash, hehe. That's better for both parties for me (the company and the consumer), the company so they won't go bankrupt, and the consumer to live a stress-free life. lol. I think it was a few years back.
1. Ukay-Ukay/RTWs - "UK" are still very common nowadays, and I'm not ashamed to admit that I have many clothing that I got from "UK", lol. There are so many good items from Ukay-Ukay and many woman are talented when it comes to "treasure hunting" in ukay-ukays. However, recently, I found out I don't have much patience when it comes to hours of finding good clothing from an Ukay-Ukay anymore, first of all, there's no Ukay-ukay nearby, and second, it consumes a lot of time just trying to find a good item for you.
2. Direct-Selling - direct selling is still available nowadays and I still know a few dealers who can hand me those catalogs so I can choose my order and pay for them when they're available. Although, I don't remember the last time I ordered via direct selling anymore. lol.
3. Facebook "stores" - Tell me if you don't have a friend in your newsfeed selling stuff because I think most of us have those already. Some sellers find it great to sell via Social Media because their first prospects are their friends and as a consumer, you have that built trust already because you know you'll not be "scammed". My only advise is to be very careful with it. There are many stories of people being scammed online already (I've been a victim as well). I sometimes buy from my FB friends too to help them with their business, I know it means a lot to them, specially since they're just starting, so why would I not support that, right? :)
4. Reliable websites. Of course, we have these well established websites that we love to shop not only because they give you oozing discounts on their prices but also saves time, energy, effort and money (you name it)! We have to admit that online shopping has become so prevalent nowadays because you can order at the comfort of your home and have them delivered directly at your doorstep, no need to worry about fares going to the malls (or gas if you have a car), no need to worry about the time you'll get stuck in traffic, no need to worry about that salesperson you sometimes find very annoying 'coz she/he's been following you the entire time you're finding products to buy. lol!
I am a customer of online shopping from reliable websites. In fact, I have so many products I bought online. It's just great for mothers like me. I'm currently checking out date-ready dresses from ZALORA that I can keep on my shelf to use when Dane comes home (of course, I wanna be beautiful when he sees me again, lol!).
What's your shopping story? Do you like shopping online or would you rather shop on the malls? I'd like to hear from you :)