Some Filipino eCommerce Sites

Filipinos and Their eCommerce Sites

In the Internet world, we Filipinos are kind of still playing catch-up to the Internet users in the other side of the globe. I mean, we don’t have an Amazon.com here. Neither do we have those other famous sites such as etsy.com or barnesandnobles.com. Sure, we can always buy from these sites but then again, we need to have dollars for those and we need to cover the shipping costs (which are sometimes more expensive than the actual cost of the product). Or we can ask our relatives who are in the U. S. to buy them for us (but then again, there’s still the problem of shipping the product to the country). So we’re just kind of content to just buy what we want from the actual stores here.

But then again, never let it be said that we lack the creativity and the perseverance to get a piece of the pie called the Internet (or more precisely, the eCommerce world). During this decade, Filipino eCommerce sites sprouted up left and right, offering various products and services to its online audience and various payment options as well.

As a tribute to Filipino websites, featured below are just some of these sites that are gaining recognition (or have already gained the recognition) with Filipinos (and even non-Filipinos) around the world.

Filipino Bloggers in an eCommerce seminar

Filipino Bloggers

The FilVeggie Online Store

This is an online store where you can buy native delicacies from the Philippines. Right now, there are only a few products available but the site owner promises to come up with new products pretty soon. Just to give a heads – up on some of the products available there: special piaya (a flat bread with fillings made up of muscovado or raw sugar, very sweet), special cashew hot chocolate, tapang posit or dried squid, dried mangoes and pili brittle. The prices here are in Philippine pesos but the buyer can also pay in dollars using Paypal. Local and international orders are accepted.

MyBarong.com

This one is a very interesting online store. Barong or Barong Tagalog is the local term for the formal men’s wear here in the Philippines (much like a tuxedo). During (Filipino) weddings, the groom and his groomsmen wear the Barong. The Barong Tagalog sold by MyBarong.com is made up of either the Jusi fabric (fine woven silks) or the Pina fabric (made from a special pineapple leaf). Although this is usually a men’s wear, women and children have also adopted the Barong. Although the location of this store is in California and the prices are in dollars, the owners, the contents and the style of the products sold are 100% Filipino.

Divisoria.com

Named after the most famous shopping place in the country (Divisoria), this online store features hundreds of items found in the Philippines. It features music and movie CDs, Pinoy shirts, karaoke DVDs, magazines, books and souvenirs. You can even order and send flowers, real honest-to-goodness (mouthwatering) lechon (roasted pig) and cake through Divisoria.com! Prices are in dollars as this site also targets Filipinos who are working in other countries.

Kabayan Central.com

This is an online Filipino specialty store, which features books, music and video that are proudly made in the Philippines. It also sells personal care and beauty products (Splash, Belo Essentials and RDL products) and KC Gems, fashion accessories and jewelry creations, all made in the Philippines. Kabayan Central.com is one of the first Filipino eCommerce sites and it is already over 10 years old!

Local Auction Sites and Buy and Sell Sites

There are a lot of Filipino auction sites and buy and sell sites available out there and they’re receiving a respectable amount of traffic. We have our local version of eBay – eBay.com.ph. Other sites include auction.com.ph and sulit.com.ph, sulit being a local word meaning ‘worth it’. We also have the buyandsellph.com and pinoybuynsell.com. There are also buy and sell sites specific to some products such as cars (carfinderph.com) and properties (propertyfinderph.com). There’s also the buy and sell sites specific to a local place such as DavaoCity (davaoexchance.com and davaosale.com).

Other Online Stores

These are the Filipino online stores that are found in multiply.com. Although multiply.com is a social networking site, hundreds of Filipino entrepreneurs have set up their simple online stores in it. The Filipino users of multiply.com are so many that when we celebrated a holiday one time (making us all stay away from the computer and the Internet), multiply.com admin reported a sharp drop in the number of users of the site (this is true, believe it or not!). That’s why Filipinos choose to set up their online stores through multiply.com because of the sheer number of Filipinos using this site.


And that’s it. Like any other online entrepreneurs out there, Filipinos are striving to make their mark in the online world. And with the millions of Filipinos, here and abroad, it is no wonder that these sites are thriving. With Filipino ingenuity and creativity, I’m pretty sure we’ll see more such sites in the future.

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Carol the Writer 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

I hadn't thought about the shipping problem. Nice information!


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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks Carol.


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Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

Fame and fortune for you at HubPages. Congratulations for another hub well-done.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

I love reading hubs that reveals information about different cultures. You are right that the high cost of shipping does hinder international trade for all of us. Great hub, thanks for sharing a look at the Filipino e-commerce! Simply loved being able to look at the different online shops. :)


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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks Ms. Lita. Happy New Year!

@Money Glitch, you're welcome. Watch out for more as I may be adding more sites to this hub :).


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

hey emie, thanks for the information, hope we can catch up with the world too, it is not a dream, Filipinoes are great. I hope you're coping with missing the cute girl there, Maita


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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines Author

You're welcome Maita. We're catching up and catching up fast. Thanks for the visit. I miss her but I'm getting used to not having her around.


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jsantos8000 6 years ago from Davao City Philippines

I made a similar hub about online stores. maybe they're worth checking out also. great hub by the way... http://hubpages.com/business/top-appliances-stores


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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks jsantos.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you very much for yur good advice


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febriedethan 6 years ago from Indonesia

Thank you for sharing this, I know what you mean by the shipping cost, sigh I experienced myself, I bought a caller ID online from Taiwan for $110, and the shipping cost is $20 plus tax $30 so, finally I paid $160 sigh...


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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Febriedethan, you're welcome. Yup, the shipping costs and the taxes can be daunting, that's why I guess, Amazon has not much of an Internet presence here in my country. Hopefully, this will change in the future but I'm not holding my breath. Thanks for your comment.

Hello, thanks for your comment.


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charliestork 6 years ago from USA

Nice post!


Ava 6 years ago

I would like to inform my fellow filipinos who are interested to work in Singapore. We are looking for candidates who can work for 2 years more on retails and service sector. For inqueries pls drop me an email at avamarieskyler@yahoo.com. or you may directly send your resume with 2x2 photo attached.

Pls share this to other filipinos who may want to work abroad.

thanks:Ava


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jesus72knight 6 years ago from Albany, New York

It's so amazing how different cultures view the internet world. And as far as I know, the Philippines is one of the best place to outsource.

Goodluck and mabuhay!


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toneyahuja 6 years ago from India

wao goods sites Save your money kitchen, bath, garage tools, fast shipping, actual stock http://www.itemsave.com/


LagunaClassified 6 years ago

You should also check out LagunaClassified, a local classified ads / buy and sell site in the Philippines


RosaryB 6 years ago

You have gathered some very useful information here, and some interesting insights about E-commerce that impact the Filipino internet experience. From reading what you've said, I've become a member of one of the sites you mentioned. Thanks to the info you provided here.

I'm also from the Philippines and I am glad you created this hub which will serve as a kind of guide for others. We need more information like this as there is a lack of such info about this topic.

I would like to mention my Facebook fan page devoted to helping give the Philippines a better image on the web. I don't place any advertisements on it. And I update it quite regularly.

Everyone is welcome and become a fan. You are welcome to post your Philippines holiday photos, and locals can post photos that raise awareness and understanding about the PHilippines. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Philippine-bound/756...


scribbled 6 years ago

yes I also use LagunaClassified, check it out at LagunaClassified.com


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Romano Arnesto 5 years ago from Philippines

Filipino enterpreneurs are shifting on eCommerce these days. We'll get used to it. Up-to-date shipment/ deliveries should be the main goal so that the business will truly prosper. Thanks for the tips, kabayan.


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dusy7969 5 years ago from San Diego, California

really good work.


Joe 5 years ago

Amazon-like eCommerce Site is now available in the Philippines.

Bilipinas.com

Bilipinas.com is an Amazon-like Filipino-centric e-commerce website that allows sellers and customers to conveniently sell and buy products in the Philippines.

Bilipinas.com's Goal

Bilipinas.com's Goal is to become a leading e-commerce platform that allows Filipinos to conveniently sell and buy products wherever they are located in the Philippines and abroad. Bilipinas.com wants to enhance the Filipino shopping experience by allowing them to shop in the comfort of their own home. Many Filipinos especially those that live in the provinces do not have the ability to purchase the great quality products that more often than not are only available in the cities. Bilipinas.com is going to change that by bringing in sellers who are willing to ship their products anywhere in the Philippines.

There are many reasons why online merchants should sell at Bilipinas.com.

Bilipinas.com offers the following unique features and functionalities.com

No Expiration of Your Listings

Your products that are listed at Bilipinas.com will be available for purchase online for as ling as you want. You do not have to constantly re-list your products. Constantly relisting items requires too much work to sellers.

No Fees Till You Sell / Guaranteed Profit

Bilipinas.com does not charge any monthly fees. You only pay a very minimal selling pay once you have sold your products. That means profit is guaranteed.

No Crazy Paperwork Required

To start selling at Bilipinas.com, all you need is an email address and some business details to register for an account. There are no paperwork required to activate your account and start making money.

Industry Standard Shopping Cart

Your customers do not have to contact you via email or phone to order. They can simply enter their order online using their industry-standard shopping cart, and you can simply monitor your mailbox or your dashboard for new orders. You don't have to incur extra costs for texting and calling customers.

Unlimited Items

At Bilipinas.com, there is no limit to the number of items that you can sell. If you have so many products, Bilipinas.com can even initially list your products in bulk for you systematically, so you do not have to list your products manually. Simply contact their customer service to do this and they'll send you the template in the form of Excel SpreadSheet.

Safe and Secure

Bilipinas.com is verified and secure and supports high-grade 256-bit encryption.

There are many reasons why online shoppers should shop at Bilipinas.com.

Bilipinas.com Tries Its Best To Protect You

Bilipinas.com tries its best to verify the legitimacy of their sellers. If they find that a seller does not adhere to their terms and conditions, they will suspend the seller's account right away. They will do the same if the seller receives a good number of negative feedback from customers.

Safe and Secure

Bilipinas.com is verified and secure and supports high-grade 256-bit encryption.

No Annoying Ads

At Bilipinas.com, they generate most of their revenue through their selling fees and not through ads. So they don't put so many annoying ads everywhere in their website. That makes their website easy to use.

You Can Buy Anytime

As long as the item is available, you can buy the item right away. There is no need to waste your time bidding on the item.

Centralized Shopping

All the products that are listed as available in one place. Unlike other websites that create a store per seller and limit product visibility to the current seller or store, Bilipinas.com displays all products from all sellers in one place. You will never miss any better prices offered by other sellers.

They Provide Recommendations

Bilipinas.com recommends products for you based on your browsing and purchase history. That makes your shopping even more productive.

Industry Standard Shopping Cart

Once you found the product you want, you do not have to contact the seller via email or phone to order. You can simply enter your order online using their industry-standard shopping cart. You don't have to incur extra costs for texting and calling the seller.

Learn More

To learn more about Bilipinas.com today, explore website. Check out the products that are available, read some customer reviews and learn about their programs.


Joe 5 years ago

Here is the Bilipinas.com url: http://www.bilipinas.com/


jefrey  5 years ago

you can check http://chuchayshop.com.ph/ it's also an online store in the philippines


Danielle @ Clickbank Auto Profits 5 years ago

This was a really interesting look into how others in the world use the internet and the evolution of how much the internet becomes a part of each culture and the progression in different parts of the world. Thanks for this interesting piece.


rogie mangampo 5 years ago

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JessicaLeo 4 years ago from US

Very nicely written, will be waiting for you next post..

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