In the world of online shopping here in the Philippines, it’s hard to find good deals, especially when it comes to gadgets. It can get quite confusing since there are tons of potentially sketchy sellers out there with stuff at a low price, and it’s hard to know whether they’re legit or a complete scam.
Some are way too expensive, even to consider buying, which can be weird. So in this guide, we’re not just going to be giving you tips to find good gadget deals, but the BEST gadget deals that you can find over at Lazada and Shopee.
Download the Lazada and Shopee Mobile App
Simple as that. We know it sounds straightforward, but some vouchers can only be used in the apps that won’t work on the website.
Keep an Eye Out for Flash Sales
Most of the best deals are there. You’ll be able to see in advance what items will be selling in a given time, and you can then set a reminder before the day of the sale itself. Be reminded, though, that only a limited amount of units are up for flash sale, and the first checkout is first served and first sold.
Notify Yourself for Big Sale Dates
You know — 11.11, 12.12, payday sale, and others since discounts are often larger and many vouchers are up for grabs during this time.
Look For Vouchers
Look out for vouchers such as free shipping, PHP20 off, 8% off, 10% off, etc. These vouchers could significantly reduce the costs, especially when you order high-value items, and even if it ends up being a small discount, that’s still money saved at the end of the day.
Bonus tip: The online shopping applications welcome you with a voucher reducing your first purchase by 100 pesos, so it does help if you have a new account.
Apart from that, following the merchant’s page may also grant you discounts and vouchers, so watch out for that. Different modes of payment like Paymaya, GCash, Google Pay, and Lazada Wallet may also allow you to use voucher codes that are limited to these kinds of payments.
Offer Your Referral Codes
Refer your friends, workmates, or family to gain coins that you can use to reduce the cost of your purchase. These codes would help them get the less 100 first purchase voucher.
Download Cashback Apps
Now, if you’re an e-shopaholic, having a cashback app would be helpful since you can also earn money while buying goods. The Shopback app is one of the best cashback apps that you can download for free. You can check out our video on how to utilize it below.
Check Out Discount Groups on Facebook
You may check out and join groups on Facebook that talk about discounts in Shopee and Lazada. These can give you information for upcoming discounts as well as voucher codes to help you with your purchase.
But of course, before purchasing a product, make sure to check the reviews about the seller and to look into the comments and ratings of the product. It’s essential to visit the seller’s page first and see if there’s anything fishy about it!
However, sometimes best deal-products are often overlooked due to lack of ratings of the product. If you are a risk-taker, you can purchase products with a low number of ratings or none at all. The risk is reduced by the fact that Shopee and Lazada both offer refunds for defective products, wrong product variation, fake products, etc., which is, of course, an acceptable policy.
Please take note that when you refund a product, though, it takes time since the matter needs to be thoroughly investigated for the welfare of both you, the buyer, and them — the seller. Sadly, there are online shops that don’t refund the shipping fee and don’t give the original price of the product when a voucher is used. Besides, some shops will ask the buyer to return the defective item to their shop thru couriers, but some don’t require you to return the item and will give you a full refund.
To be safe, once the product is received, test it intensively and verify your serial number online if you can. This way, you will know right away if it needs to be returned. Such cases of faulty products are resolved by Shopee and Lazada’s offer of a week refund or replacement warranty. Over one week warranty is at the discretion of the specific seller.
And there you have it. We hope these tips help you out in finding the best gadget deals online. Do you any suggestions that you would like to share as well? Let us know in the comments below!
Article and Photo originally posted by Manila Bulletin last October 1, 2020 10:04am and written by Emmie V. Abadilla.