To many shoppers, going to the mall meant having to wear the most comfortable shoes to make up for all those hours and endless hours of walking around. The only time they could probably take a good rest is when they sit out to dine. That, and when they’d have to wait for the common area benches to be empty (which hardly happens). Shopping meant a good workout of the calves and doling some cash for a hardcore foot massage.
But not to SM Prestige members.
SM Prestige members get to rest, relax and do about their thing comfortably in the posh, clean, spacious, beautiful and uber-exclusive Prestige lounge. This new addition to many of the country’s SM malls has set the bar higher for comfort shopping.
SM Store in Bacolod City has opened its Prestige Lounge. Photo courtesy of Sigrid Lo.
SM Prestige Lounges are not called ‘prestige’ for nothing. Where else in the Philippines could you find a luxurious reception area, comfortable resting area with huge, downy couches, wall-to-wall carpeting, and numerous useful shelves? On top of that, no one but Prestige members get to enjoy unlimited WiFi connection, access the charging stations at the lounge, and avail of free drinks like cafe latte, cappuccino, black coffee, iced tea, and iced purified water. The lounge is also serviced by exclusive staff members who would be more than happy to serve your needs while inside the lounge. There’s nothing quite like it anywhere in the country today.
I was really glad when I received these three (3) separate packages from Romwe. Yeey! What’s inside are the accessories I ordered from them a few weeks ago. Honestly, I did not spent a single centavo on each item since I used several coupons which I got from an online buddy. Though I only paid for the customs fee P50 for each package at the post office. Not bad, right? Hihi. Oh boy, I’m so excited to wear these!
Every girl has her go-to place for every shopping need.
It’s that shop that you go to for those last minute night outs, important dates or meetings; the one shop that you could easily navigate even in the dark, and admittedly, that which you can call every staff member by their first name.
But because the internet has made it possible to do everything right in the comfort of our own homes, internet shopping is going at par in popularity with traditional store-front shopping. So where do you begin looking for your virtual shopping go to?
Online shops are all over the internet. A simple search on Google will give you a thousand results in seconds. The bigger shops almost always have their own websites and even their own mobile apps that shoppers can visit on the go.
Looking for a good online shop is difficult. Because you are limited to photos and seller descriptions, you can never be too certain about how the items are actually going to look like, or feel like. You wouldn’t exactly know if the seller is honest enough to tell you about flaws in the items.
Looking for a trusted online shop is very difficult. You can only hope your items get shipped as agreed after paying, or that your credit card information remains safe. After all, anonymity and fake identities are a dime a dozen on the worldwide web.
Looking for a good, trusted online shop that sells only the best quality items can be very challenging – but not impossible. There’s always one as great as KERSTIN’S CLOSET ONLINE SHOP.
Let me start this by saying ‘you are not alone in this world’. There is a fella right across the street, another one two blocks away, and maybe, you are actually sharing a house with another online shopaholic. We all share the same passion for browsing through the wonderful collections of online shops, of mixing and matching, of filling out the order form, the thrills of online banking, and the joys and excitement of getting that visit from the courier.
It’s a Christmas treat at every delivery and only a true blue online shopaholic could know how it exactly feels.
Whether you are new to this hobby or have been there since the dawn of online shopping history, it is wise to know some of these things that keep our shopping experience happy – for us and for our beloved sellers.
1. Choose your sellers wisely. Online shopping is like boxing, we have to remember to ‘protect ourselves at all times’. Read customer feedback; buy from stores referred by friends; check for other proofs of legitimacy.
2. Read the Terms and Conditions. Life is never too short to read these things. They are very important things you have to know about the store and their policies – especially on delivery and payments. Oh, and it should have policies on returns and exchanges.
3. Check for proofs of security. One of the most popular modes of payment in online shopping is through credit card. This also happens to be the most risky. So look for those telltale signs of CC security like Verisign. Or better yet, pay via Paypal or money transfer.
4. Choose your items wisely. Make sure it is what you are looking for, correspond with the seller regarding the item, and ask about everything you need to know.
5. Pay. On time. Pay when you say you would. You surely don’t want to be on the bogus buyers list? And, you surely don’t want the big K-A-R-M-A to not be in your favor?
Online shopping can be as wonderful as we want it to be. Be a wise and nice shopper – every time. Happy shopping!
Your Fellow Online Shopaholic