Last weekend some of my shipping loot from Shopee arrived. It was an instant pick-me-up, because I was feeling weak. I think I had the keto flu. I’ve been trying to be on the ketogenic diet for approximately one month now, and that’s a feat for me (Remind me to blog about my keto journey if you’re interested).
Anyway, when our helper told me I had a package, I sprung out of bed. Keto flu cured! Hehe.
A few days back I ordered quite a few (OK, medyo marami) clothes from different online sellers on Shopee. I was so excited because these clothes were really lovely and relatively cheap.
I quickly and excitedly opened my package from one seller. Here they are:
Yet my mouth fell–I was disappointed beyond words.
Bakit kamo? Kahit ata mesa o bintana tatanggihan ang telang ginamit! Even our helpers said that the fabric we use on our party tables was not that stiff! Que horror talaga, mapapa-#MyGahdIHateDrugs ka!
And to verify my assumptions that the fabric used wasn’t meant to be used for clothes, I immediately saw damages. Imagine, I haven’t even worn them and yet sira na agad.
Before you tell me that my expectations are too high, let me tell you that you shouldn’t. Remember, these cost P350, not just P100. And yes, maraming matinong blouses that cost P350 and below.
Look at this butterfly-sleeve crop top I got from one of the lesser known boutiques in Robinson’s:
That only cost P329. The fabric is soft, and it feels comfortable. That may be from a small hole-in-the-wall boutique, but it’s an air-conditioned boutique in a mall. And if you check my past purchases from H&M, you’ll see that I was able to score trendy blouses that cost way less than this.
Anyway, I messaged the seller right away.
Notice that she didn’t seem surprised. And to be fair, she offered a refund right away.
I’m blogging about this to remind you all to be vigilant when buying online. I still know several people who haven’t tried buying from Shopee. Actually, it took me a long time before trusting Lazada & Althea. Fortunately when I did, Lazada & Althea didn’t disappoint. I thought Shopee was the same, kaya nag-mega online shopping ako.
It’s just good that the seller offered to refund me and did not justify herself. I was afraid she would say, “Kung gusto mong maganda ang tela, eh di sana sa mall ka bumili!” or “Any bang ine-expect mo sa P350?”
Although to be fair to Shopee ha, it’s possible that this is just one seller who thought she could get away with selling nice-looking-yet-cannot-be-worn clothes. I still have orders from other sellers, and I’m hopeful na matino naman ‘yung items nila.
So before you order clothes or even leather goods online, I recommend you do the following:
- Ask what the material used is. This is very important. Like my blouses–maganda nga, hindi ko naman maisusuot. And if the seller evades the question, don’t push through.
- If you’re buying branded items and you don’t know how to verify their authenticity, don’t risk it. Having a serial number or authenticity card is not enough. Yung item nga, kayong pekein, “authenticity card” pa kaya! Take it from my painful experience.
- Don’t transact out of Shopee or Ebay or something. It’s for your own safety because just like Uber, you can rate a seller.