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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Blog activity No. 2

Blog #2. Review 2 e-commerce shopping website. (like, not like, how can it improve?)

I've used this site before, I have bought some stuff from the main us-based eBay and I think this activated my account in ebay Philippines. I guess one thing I notice in the Philippines site is that the prices start relatively high, and people are not really bidding for the propduct, it's as if we don't expect our product to have any bidders, which is why we give them out at prices which may seem regular prices (not like in the US (many products start at 5 USD and then people bid up the price until it reaches a sort of relatively good price).

I searched for a cellphone which is the same as mine, and saw that most cell phones were brand new and were listed only 100-300 bucks off the normal mall prices. No deal having to go to ebay for this, huh?

In terms of user-friendliness, it has the same feel as the US-based ebay. in terms of user-excitement (in bidding, etc) no go. I hope the sellers get a whiff of how to really sell in auction. Most sellers are not auctioning at all!

I then looked for some real estate (a dream of mine :) this takes a lot of time, imagining what it would loko like, imagining how to pay for it, etc, but quite useless, as there was nothing really that one can BID on, just BUY IT NOW. People are using this as a free ad thing, not really as an ebay auction business.

NOw this site I have not vistited before. Looks very full, busog na busog. I think this site is earning not just from sales but from the record companies also. Wow, I must have taken a very long break from pinoy pop music, as I don't know 80% of the people from the site. I looked at the Artist listing and great, yep, good. ANd the links work, too, or at least some of them do. Quite a heavy site to open, but not bad for those with faster connections. Very well-used forums, means that it was catering to what the poeple find interesting or useful. I dunno why there are no links to fan sites or something.

This site has all it takes to get a good amount of traffic going because it does not just sell stuff, it also has a lot of information and discussion forums and a lot of other things that people can come back for even if they are not buying anything. Cool.

Now I'm looking into the eStore, and will try to buy an album. My vintage wanna have would either be a Joey Ayala or The Dawn (shows how old I am :) OK so they don't have Joey Ayala, but apparently they have ASIN. So I proceed to buy Asin for 10 + USD (geez, does it have to cost that much?) Masdan Mo Ang Kapaligiran

SO I click add to cart and guess what I have...11.99 and I can't ship to the Philippines! Hey!

I am redirected to a ccnow secure site (they're not usin gPayPal) and since I'm not really buying, I leave it at that.


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