Over the last couple of weeks, I have been checking the local Kenneth Cole shops for a very specific model of a watch that I saw on their website. Unfortunately, this elusive model was either out of stock or was no longer sold here in the country that I decided to give up on it and started scouting for alternatives.
The Kenneth Cole KC1885 as listed in the brand's own website
Saw the same model on sale at Amazon.com
Good thing I came across a blog that talked about online shopping and how convenient it was with Globe's GCASH. I quickly got myself my own GCASH American Express® Virtual Pay and just purchased the darn thing online. Compared to mall prices (when available) that ranged from Php 7500-Php 9500, I was able to get the item for half the local price by conveniently comparing prices from different websites and finding the the best deal (Kenneth Cole website price $115, Amazon sale price $67.87+$6.08 tax) in a matter of minutes. After a few clicks, I received a confirmation of my purchase and it is now en route to my doorsteps.
Gone are the days when one has to worry about costly taxes and shipping cost when having an item delivered from abroad. You don't even have to worry about having a credit card nor stores that deliver only within the US. With GCASH American Express® Virtual Pay, you are given a personalized US address where your purchased item can be delivered. From there, you can easily have the item shipped right to your own home here in the PH.
For anyone that knows how to navigate a social media account, online shopping is easy but GCASH American Express® Virtual Pay made it even easier and made it possible for just about anyone to access more virtual shopping venues. Here's how you sign-up:
Apart from the demo provided above, I found it easier to just do everything on my phone. For iPhone, Android and Blackberry users, there is a dedicated GCASH app that you can download and use.
Once you have downloaded the app, simply register by dialing *143# and follow the prompts. You will be asked for an MPIN or a Mobile Pin, your mother's maiden name, your complete name, address and your phone number. Once registered, you can now access your GCASH App.
For American Express Virtual Pay, you may be asked to go to a Globe center so you can be ID'd before you get your Virtual card. This step is required just as it is required for you to show up in a bank when you are opening an account. You can load up your GCASH at any Globe Wireless Center, any accredited ATM, or by transferring funds online.
Now you are ready to shop. I got my first purchase off Amazon.com and I am sharing with you the steps below:
1. Log in to your Amazon.com account and browse through thousands of products by category or use the search field to look for a specific item.
2. Click on Add to Cart.
3. Proceed to Checkout.
4. Encode your shipping address (Here you may put in the address listed on your GCASH Virtual Wallet. Below this, answer "Is this address also your billing address (the address that appears on your credit card or bank statement)?"
5. Click on Place your order if everything is in order.
6. Wait for email confirmation and check on the provided link for the status of your purchase. At this point you should also get a notification via SMS about the charge deducted from your GCASH Virtual Wallet.
7. Now just wait for an email from your My Shopping Box account notifying you that purchased item has arrived. From there you can authorize shipment and have the item delivered to your Philippine address.
July 30, 2013
Just got this item shipped from the US address c/o my-shoppingbox.com to the PH. Including the shipping cost, here's the breakdown of how much I spent:
Item cost: $67.87
At the current conversion of $1=P42, this is equivalent to P3798.48 which is still P3701.52 cheaper than the local mall price which was at least P7500.
August 8, 2013
Package came exactly 7 business days from the date that it was shipped to the PH as guaranteed by my-shoppingbox.com.
The item that I got looked even better in real life than it did on the internet photos. Check out the photo below. This has been a pretty good shopping experience all-in-all and I would surely be getting more stuff online from now on.
To know more about GCASH American Express® Virtual Pay you may click here or leave a comment if you have any questions.