Monday, April 25, 2011

High-end online shopping in the Philippines with Reebonz

As a catalog shopper, I am more comfortable browsing through duty-free and direct selling magazines rather than shop at an actual store site. Found it less intimidating and without the salesperson pressure that makes me shop much easier.

So when the high-end online shopping site Reebonz project got shared to me by a DigitalFilipino Club member, excitement caught me for I can now shop at ease anywhere and be able to make a decision on which of these nice items do I want to invest in for myself or as a gift. Furthermore, have assurance that the items are genuine and be availed at special discounts ranging from 15% to 20%.

Reebonz is launching in the Philippines with a special promotion offer, 5% discount, to holders of BDO credit cards, AMEX, and BDO virtual cards from April 1 to September 30, 2011.

What I like about Reebonz are the brands that they are carrying. This includes cool items from Prada, Fendi, Gucci, Chanel, Balenciaga, Dior, Tod's, Miu Miu, Burberry, Kenneth Cole, among others. If your preferred brand is not available online, you can suggest it as well.

These high-end items are made affordable as they are mostly comprised of past season inventory.

Products are available on a 2 to 3 day period which site members can avail of. Once ended, it is gone for good. I think the site can also be a business opportunity haven for the savvy ones or a secret gift store for those who already wants to start shopping and keep stock for gifts, holidays, or special occasions.

I hope Filipino high end brands will also make it to the site soon from pearls to high-life destination deals or packages.

Fashionistas are encouraged to join the site and have access to members-only events. You can also invite your friends where you can earn 5% of their first purchase.

When ordering, you can pay through credit card or bank transfer. Delivery takes 15 to 20 days subject to customs clearance. Read their FAQ section for more information about Reebonz.

I tried shopping online through the website and observed the following:

The shopping site page allows you to further customize the order such as size selection, among others. A ring caught my attention and was contemplating of getting it.

If you mouse-over on the item, it gives you a zoom in look and be able to analyze it further if it is to your liking. 

Once decided to proceed with the offer, you will need to fill-up an ordering form and have your credit card ready.

Payment locally is processed through a local payment gateway provider. Unfortunately, had some problems with my credit card that I need to sort out and hopefully make my first purchase soon.

Definitely, Reebonz is a welcome addition to Filipinos who love to shop discreetly and get great deals online for high-end fashion brands.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Gadgets and Status Symbol

I guess it is inevitable that if you are to establish yourself as a public speaker or a visible online personality, the gadgets you use can influence people's perspective on you, whether you are successful or not, whether you are credible or not.

Through the years, this is something that I noticed even more as my efforts in "gearing up" escalated due to competitive or peer pressure, among other things. It is now a situation where how you present yourself can influence whether a prospective client or customer wants to deal with you.

This became more evident to me as I saw how local SEO folks in various parts of the country "flaunt" the assets bought from what they earned in their business. Recalling a speaking engagement in a nearby province where testimonial speakers showed what they were able to purchase (I have shown none) through their earnings.

During the question and answer, one participant asked how much am I earning. Did not reveal any figures and shared my passion in re-investing with new projects. After the event, the person approached me and concluded that I must be doing better since my laptop is a Mac while the others were using netbooks or affordable laptop brands. It is interesting to see how people somehow try to arrive at an impression based on the gadget you use.

Another event had me in a panel with 3 male speakers who were all sporting Macs, iPad, and the likes while I was using my well-loved Toshiba laptop. As our topic was all about social media, its typical audience are either Mac users or those who never got their hands in a Mac before. In short, my fellow speakers already had a wow factor upon seeing their gear while I have to finish my talk piece before I get my own share of wow.

The Mac Switch

For laptops, I have tried brands like NEC, Toshiba, IBM, Fujitsu, and the last one I had was MCS - which were all Windows-based. But when I got a hit by a virus a day before a speaking engagement last year, the time to fix was not in my favor and decided to get a Mac.

On the next few days and weeks in events where I spoke, non-Mac user peers took notice with a "wow". Those who were already Mac user asked when did I switch and started giving suggestions. It is like being part of a whole new community segment. There's this feeling that "you have arrived".

The need for a PC

But then again, the more I use a Mac, the more I realize that I still need a 2nd machine that I can use when the Mac does not seem to cooperate with the projector used in an event. Furthermore, for web development testing, live webinars, and certified ethical hacker exam preparations.

With the pressure of having a cool and presentable gadget to use, a few brands came to mind like Alienware and Sony Vaio. However, another gadget that caught my attention lately was the Samsung Notebook Series 9 (dubbed as Sexy PC for being the thinnest).

It was lend to me when preparing for my notes at iBlog7 where Samsung was a sponsor. My Mac then was tied up for the event livestream.

The Samsung Notebook Series 9 has the following features and is priced at nearly eighty thousand pesos (P79k++):
  • Measures 16.3mm (0.64 inches) in depth
  • Screen size of 13 inches
  • 1.31 kg (2.88lbs.) in weight
  • uses Samsung's LED technology: 'SuperBright Plus' display (400nit) with 16 million color reproduction. 13.3-inch HD LED-backlit
  • Encased in Duralumin metal alloy (known to be used in specialized aircrafts).
  • 2nd Generation Intel Core i5 Processor 2537M (1.40 GHz, 3MB; turbo up to 2.3 GHz)
  • Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) / Windows® 7 Professional (64 bit)
  • 4GB DDR3 (up to 8GB)
  • 128GB Solid State Drive (up to 256)
  • Resolution: 1366×76
  • Intel HD GT2 Integrated Graphics
  • 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, WiMax
  • USB 3.0
  • 3 watt (1.5W x 2) stereo speakers and 1.5 watt sub-woofer
  • 1.3megapixel HD Webcam
  • Li-Po battery (up to 6.5 hours)

Update: April 8, 2013

I end up purchasing the Samsung Notebook Series 9 last 2011. But the lack of a VGA plug for presentations made me use it less than intended.

Nevertheless, it is now being used by my "samurai" and glad its power is being maximized.

Yes I am still contemplating on a 2nd PC unit.

Definitely, that gadget needs to be suitable when I speak at events. Durable and tech-friendly for all the experiments and trials I will do with it.