7 Tips for Stress-Free Shopping

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Shopping is something that we usually do to relax and get our minds away from stressful situations. But, as Christmas is rapidly approaching, malls and shopping districts are increasingly becoming tight and crowded. As much as you want to avoid the Christmas rush, you need to finish your shopping in time for Christmas eve, so you’re planning to just power-through and endure the crowd and traffic. But, you don’t have to because you can have a hassle-free holiday shopping experience with these tips. Make a List If you plan to hit the malls and just buy whatever you can find, then you may find yourself forgetting someone or something and end up going back to the store numerous times. So, do what Santa does – make a list of everyone you’d like to get a present for—from your co-workers and friends to the most important people in your life. Prepare your Budget Prevent yourself from overspending not only for gifts, but also for Noche Buena by creating a … [Read more...]

The Future of Filipino Shoppers

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Fueled by the continuing advancements in mobile and digital technology, the retail industry is being reshaped into a bustling online global bazaar right before our eyes, and more aptly in the palm of every consumer's hands.   The Rise of Mobile Shopping   The introduction of e-commerce 40 years ago has the paved way to a gradual but very noticeable shift in customer preferences towards online shopping.   Case in point, brands report 73% sales from their websites, a close race with in-store’s 79%, according to the PwC Global Total Retail Survey 2017. Surprisingly, mobile app sales pale in comparison to the two channels at 25%-barely beating catalog sales at 24%.   Heightened Customer Expectations   The PWC Survey gleaned that 37% of shoppers globally use their mobile phones to pay for purchases online, 44% use it to research products, while 38% use it to compare prices. With mobile shopping steadily gaining more traction, so is the … [Read more...]

9 Things Shopping Addicts Could Relate To

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These days, retail therapy or commonly known as “shopping” has become one of the best stress-relievers to people. Before, shopping was exclusively done in malls or physical stores, but in the last few years, it has also solidified its presence online – making it harder to resist the urge to shop. Not to mention, regular bazaars also boosted shopping by bringing these online stores in one venue. It can be considered a blessing because you can finally fit, inspect, and swatch products. But at the same time, it’s a curse because it will be a big challenge to fight the temptation of splurging. Do all of these sound familiar? Then my friend, you might be a shopping addict. Here are some more relatable instances that shopping addicts can relate to: You can't pass up a good deal. When you see that flashing red sign on an advertisement, it’s highly likely that you’re screaming in your head because your favorite brand just announced a deal you can’t pass up. At first, you will try to … [Read more...]

5 Designer Shoes Every Woman Should Have

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You want to send the right message when you wear a piece of fashion. One item can make you look either elegant and smart or tacky and unfashionable. Sometimes, just wearing the right pair of shoes can make your outfit look well put together. And if it’s a pair of designer shoes, you’re going to make heads turn. Here are 5 designer shoes that every fashionable woman should have in her closet: Classic Loafers from Gucci Gucci has proven itself to be a 21st century brand that is relevant, contemporary, and still very much sought-after. Gucci loafers are a classic choice. They can be worn equally well with jeans, shorts, and skirts. No one can argue that Gucci loafers are the quintessential shoes of the confident and fashion savvy working girl. Crafted genuine leather designed to be every day wear and meant to live up to constant wear—that is what you get with the Women’s Gucci Horsebit Suede Loafers.  These work shoes should definitely have a special place in your … [Read more...]

6 Best Laptops for College Students

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Nowadays, it’s hard for students to survive college without having personal laptops. Apart from projects and reports to submit, there are also tasks from student activities that they want to take part in. For college students, it’s not about having just any laptop or the most powerful laptop there is. Considering your major when looking for the best laptop for college can boost your productivity and help you get the most out of your personal computer. If you’re on a strict budget, look at an online pawnshop or a used laptop marketplace to find the most appropriate laptop for your college life. To have an idea of what you should be looking for, check out this list of the best laptops for college. 1. Apple MacBook Air Price Point: ₱50,000 – ₱65,000 (Image source: CNET.com) Apple proponents will tell you that you can never go wrong with a MacBook Air. It’s powerful, portable, and boasts of a 12-hour battery life. You don’t even need to bring a charger when you’re in school … [Read more...]

Top Preloved Gifts You Can Buy For Your Valentine’s Date

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As materialistic as it sounds, but it's best to say how you feel with a gift! Yes, aside from Christmas and birthdays, another season to shower gifts for your special someone is this love month. Of course, the effort counts and if you are looking for gifts that you want to buy for your Valentine’s date, then try a bit of preloved to give to your loved ones. To guide you, we round up top preloved gifts that would be perfect for a sweet surprise! Check them out below: 1) Preloved jewelry Jewelry is one of the best gifts you can give to someone special. This expensive piece makes it a top choice as it lasts more than a lifetime. So, what’s not to seal your love with a remarkable piece of fine jewelry that makes the moment special. Here are a few of top preloved jewelry that you can find on Marketplace.ph: Ring with Diamond (Price: Php 7,000) White gold diamond rings are such a classic and timeless piece of jewelry that speaks of an eternal promise. If you want to drop your knees … [Read more...]

Last-minute Gift Shopping Tips For The Busy Millennial

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With commitments at work crunching your “me time”  to go shopping presents, the too late clock makes it harder for the busy millennial to escape the Christmas rush! For a fast-paced generation, the holiday traffic is sure to add up to the frustrating roll eyes list as well! Now, to keep the struggle is real feeling at bay, these last-minute gift shopping tips can help you deal with the final hour holiday rush sale! Know your shopping sale hot spots From weeks of window shopping and glancing at sale signs that caught your daily life attention, it’s safe to say you have a mental plot for your go-to shopping sale hot spots already. Sure, the flea markets are the best places to buy great finds on a bargain, but sometimes you can allow yourself to be a little brand conscious! So, give yourself a free pass, after all, it’s the season of giving! Basically, your hunting grounds for shopping sale hot spots are at malls! Here are a few favorite branded boutiques where you can spend … [Read more...]

Pawnina Tips: How To Win Against Online Shopping Scams This Holiday Sale Season

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Hey guys, Pawnina here! As we all know, shopping sale season starts at the remaining months of the year. Now, we’re down to the last month! Both online shops and shopping stores are at their full force with their best offers. Since December has one of the most widely celebrated holidays of the year, we are more vulnerable to spend our holiday budget. Shopping stores are a safer haven to hunt deals, but shopping online does not guarantee the same safety and security you get from physical shops. Because we don’t want our 13th month pay, Christmas bonuses and hard-earned savings to go down the drain, here  are quick tips to avoid being an online shopping scam victim. So check the tips below win against those bad guys. 1) Read reviews of the online shop. The first thing you should do is to assure its reputation as an online shop. The more popular it is, the better. Otherwise, the less reviews, the fishier it gets. So, as it is online, you can check their social media accounts. It … [Read more...]

8 Ways To Think Like A Smart Shopper

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Shopping smart does not only mean bargaining for a discount and regularly going to sales. It is more than that. To admit to you, smart shopping also includes negotiation, exploring the market, understanding the information of a product and having a criteria for quality and quantity to meet. Basically, smart shoppers are the most serious consumers. They don’t just shop and go for nothing. And how smart you ask? Well, they’re the brainiacs of the shopping world because they take chunks of time in exploring, learning and understanding the market. What does it really take to be a smart shopper? We have eight ways to really think like one. Soon enough, with these ways, you’ll start acting like a smart shopper. Fake it until you make it right? Thumbs up. 1) Part-time trend lover, Full-time sales discount conqueror When a trend starts, almost everyone are into the game. But smart consumers don’t necessarily go overboard into the trend train, because they know these trendy items have … [Read more...]

Uncovering The Psychological Secrets Of Shopping Sales

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The season for those much-awaited shopping sales are coming right up your alley. Your piggy banks are ready for their sentence with hammers and your hearts are daydreaming that exciting shopping experience! Yippie! But wait a minute! Have you ever noticed anything fishy during sale periods? If you find out the marketing magic behind the catchy sale offers, would you spare yourself from the sale period spell? Well, before surrendering into the incense of shopping sales, try on pondering what we have to share. Afterall, we always want you to splurge money for something worth it. So, learn some tips from the psychological secrets of these shopping sales. The big 3-day sale announcements “Get these items for a limited time offer” “The big 3-day northern sale” “Christmas sale from December 18-23 only!” Don’t these hard-selling announcements just make you want to plan your calendars ahead? Don’t these also make you feel pumped-up with the great finds you’ll be able to … [Read more...]