If you’re reading this post, I am 90% sure that for the past month or even the past week you have tried looking up something you wanted to buy online, right?
Oh, and I could be right that most of you tried to see if it’s available on the biggest online marketplace in the Philippines today, which is…. (drum rolls)… LAZADA!
Well for others, you may have searched through your favorite Facebook and Instagram sellers right?
So I guess it would be nice to introduce Shopee to all you online shoppers out there and probably provide insights about the platform.
Shopee is much like Lazada in a way that it caters to the Southeast Asian market as a marketplace platform. This must be a coincidence, but I have noticed that they also carry the same color for the brand. There must be something about the color orange, right? In their site they put emphasis on being a mobile-first marketplace. This fits very well to today’s trend of everything becoming mobile.
Speaking of mobile, you can get their mobile app below,
Note: PutekPH is in no means affiliated with Shopee 🙂
Now Shopee has increased their social presence in the previous months trying to get a share of the massive audience that online shopping has here in the Philippines ( yeah, the malls still ain’t enough!) and it looks like they are doing a great job in doing so.
The way I see it, they are trying to target first those selling their products online through Facebook, Instagram, Blogs etc. and eventually convert them to Shopee sellers together with the benefit of easier transactions and product logistics. And again, I can see that its working! Shopee is gaining traction in their online presence.
With that said let’s go and explore Shopee.ph!
The Main Page
Looking at the main page, we get the typical promotions for some of the products in their catalog.
LOOK Free Shipping! Somehow the free shipping promotion is intended to sellers and buyers. Looks like Shopee is really working actively to increase the number of sellers for their site. And look , at the upper left there is a specific link name “SELLERS” which I think is part of Shopee’s goal of attracting more items to their catalogs.
Incentive for Sellers
Let’s take a look at the Free Shipping promotion for sellers, clicking on the banner gets us to a page that promotes what advantages you can get as a seller. You can view the whole page here while its active: Free Shipping Promo for Sellers
Looking at the third item on the navigation bar on the top there’s a link named “Instagram Import”. This must be (obviously) for Instagram sellers who wants to be a part of Shopee. Another active strategy set up by Shopee which is kinda nice, let’s take a peek into it.
The link takes us to this page right here which is pretty eye catching, definitely something that helps out Instagram sellers become part of Shopee. Pretty cool strategy!
If you have friends that sell on Instagram you can try suggesting selling on Shoppe because it looks like they are really willing to take them on board.
Okay, so let’s get back to the main page.
Searching for a product
Let’s try looking up some products. Me personally, I would shop for consumer electronics, so lets try searching for headphones.
So here we have our search results. I like how they have these “Preferred” labels on some items. Maybe it’s because the item is a top seller or the actual seller is a trusted one. Either way, this would help you in making a decision on which items to choose.
Online Buyer Advice:
These results could end up to be 50 pages long so I don’t really recommend searching using a generic keyword like “headphones” (Unless you are just window shopping). I just did for demonstration purposes.
What I would recommend is try searching Google first for the specific item that you are looking for and once you went through the reviews and finally got a choice, that’s when you search for that specific item. Really prevents you from impulse buying and losing yourself to the massive variety of items like the one’s you see in our results.
The Product Page
Let’s try clicking on a product, I tried searching for a recent wireless headphone I found interesting which is the Jabra Move Wireless, but unfortunately there were no results. Too bad, but anyways it could be there in the future so let’s just look at another product,
The Xiaomi Hybrid Pro HD‘s, a very decent pair of earphones, the product page contains what a product page should contain. The product price is easily noticeable, the ratings are visible.
It is nice that there’s a Chat Now feature, if you want to communicate with the seller. And a “Shopee Guarantee” appears at the bottom indicating that you can get your money back if you don’t get your items. Pretty nice. A brief summary of the seller’s profile is also available.
The Product Details, Ratings and Comment sections are contained in a single window with each having its own tab.
In my opinion, I think the Rating should be the default tab shown because when I’m looking at a product I always go straight to the reviews first before I check the product details. I don’t know, it could just be me, it might be different for others though.
Tell us how you choose your products in the comments below.
But looking at the product page as it is, it looks fine. very concise and informative. I imagine this being very effective when viewed from a smartphone (which I think is the preferred device for the platform), I’m at my laptop here as you can see.
Let’s take a peek at the payment options that Shopee has. Most of the products that you will find at Shopee at the moment are fashion products. So let’s click on one.
At the checkout page, as you can see, (depending on the seller), Shopee allows Cash on Delivery, Payment Centers, Over the counter payments and also Bank Transfer
Here’s the list of Payment Centers available:
Over the counter payments is basically just depositing the money personally to the specified account, here are the supported banks:
So going back to the main page, let us have one more final look.
Scrolling down we see a section where you can discover products in the catalog.
Like I said, majority of the products at the moment are fashion products as you can see.
I also like how the site switches to a minimal layout when you reach this page.
So for the final verdict,
Should you Shopee?
Shopee is a good platform for those wanting to improve their stores knowing that its easy to become a seller and the advantages of being one. But for the buyers, still shop with care because although Shopee and any other marketplace platform try their best to assure everyone of quality products, the actual item itself would still be coming from the seller and they would only act as a bridge.
Looking at the type of products they have now, majority are fashion items. Hopefully they’ll be able to increase their offering as the time goes.
Looking at it as it is, Shopee looks like a very solid competitor on the online shopping scene here in the Philippines and surely a thing to watch out for as it grows.
Go ahead and check them now at Shopee.PH