With the advent of Western online megamarkets such as Amazon and eBay, Filipinos are catching tide of what would surely be the next big thing in this nation: Online shopping. Clearly our online infrastructure is not as well-built as the aforementioned, but they too have started in the state we're in now. And then there's the existing websites in the niche itself: Currently there are a couple of websites that would likely be the champions of the Philippine online market, but don't close your doors yet because we have another contender in town and it's called the Hallohallo Mall.
The Hallohallo Mall dubs itself the "Philippine National Internet Shopping Mall", akin to Henry Sy's real life SM Malls. It has been around since October 2011. It was established by the owners to contribute to Filipino society, to aid in regaining our nation's economic status, and to create a whole new way of shopping.
What's spectacular is the mall have received more than one thousand store signups in the first 30 days alone. And that was just the beta: Their projections include long-term plans up to 2015 which, in their estimates, predict them growing to 30,000 kick ass stores.
This online store features an intuitive user interface, which of course means a more pleasurable experience for the budding Filipino online shopper. It also boasts a built-in comparison engine, so you know you'll always be getting the product you're looking for at its cheapest price.
The Hallohallo Mall also features a point system in which 1 point is equal to 1 peso. You can rack up these points by shopping, and what's more is you can use all your pent-up points to buy other items in the mall.
If you on the other hand would like to establish your very own online store, you can do so at the Hallohallo Mall for free. Yes—you read that right—for free! Establishing an online store at the Hallohallo Mall has no initial cost, no hidden charges and fees, no monthly costs, and no item registration fees.
But what about security? Surely the flow of money and goods from the buyer to the seller and vice versa is of utmost priority, that's why the Hallohallo Mall staff ensures a safe and secure trading environment for the customers and shop owners and to prevent delayed transactions. You need not worry about unpaid items or undelivered purchases!
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Every time a customer buys something from your online shop, you will receive an auto-generated email receipt notifying you of the purchase. You'll also be automatically notified once your customer pays via cash or credit, prompting the system to prepare for you a delivery slip. All you have to do is send the item to the customer and voila, 10 days after the delivery you'll receive your payment!*
And lastly, to guarantee all sellers and buyers that this online mall would become the next big thing, the people over at Hallohallo have enlisted the help of big names such as Glaiza de Castro, CNN, Star Movies, ESPN, Fox, and the Discovery Channel to assist in the mall's promotion, further bolstering the mall's presence throughout the Philippines.
So what are you sitting there for? If you have some stuff to buy or sell, head on over to the Hallohallo Mall. Not only will you be helping yourself, you'll also be helping the country. I'm sure you'll love the experience.
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'Till my next installment.
*After deduction of mall charges, point association charges, and credit card charges