What to give to a man who has everything?

This is a sponsored post by Groupon but all opinions and views are mine.

My husband, Jeff’s birthday is on Monday. We will be spending his birthday out of town with some friends so I’m looking forward for the weekend. We both don’t like surprises when it comes to giving each other gifts whether it’s a birthday, Christmas, or any special occasion. Sometimes, we just go to the mall, choose whatever we like, and pay for the item.

I feel that Jeff deserves a gift this time because he’s extra hardworking and he’s a good provider to us. A little something for my man to make him extra special is nice, right? But how can I buy a surprise gift when we’re always together and I can’t sneak in to go to the mall???

Well, thanks to online shopping. I can look for Groupon goods for gifts without him knowing. But what can you give to a man who has everything? He is a very simple man and he just wants a few necessary items, he is not into extravagant and luxurious items, and lastly he prefers practical and functional items.

OnTek Water-Resistant Bluetooth Shower Speaker with Mic and Controls – This is cool because Jeff loves adventure and a music-lover too.

groupon speaker

1-, 3-, or 4-Outlet and Dual-USB Wall Charging Station – We love to travel and this will eliminate bringing a lot of adapters.

groupon outlet

Sonic Edge Extended Charge Toothbrush with 4 Heads – An electric toothbrush is something you don’t think you need but can’t leave without once you have it.

groupon toothbrush

POM Gear Pro2Go B100 Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Earbuds with Inline Mic – Jeff can use this while running.

groupon earbuds

Now, that I narrowed it down to 4, can you help me choose what to finally order in Groupon?

Shopback: A Cashback Website for Online Stores

Shopping is a great therapy but can be daunting to our wallets. Now that online shopping is becoming a trend, it is now more fun and hassle-free. The items will arrive right at your doorstep, and you’ll only need a few clicks just to get your hands on that dainty dress or that mobile phone you’ve been lusting for months.

But guess what? Online shopping just got even better with ShopBack! ShopBack gives you cashback when you spend online. That means additional savings for you, and more shopping money!

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Pink Fortune accessories as gifts!

Can you feel the Christmas rush already? Christmas bazaars are everywhere and malls are teeming with people, and situations like this makes me more lazy to go to malls. The answer, online shopping in Multiply! Please don’t forget to visit Pink Fortune if you’d like to give accessories as gifts, we now have fashionable clothes too!

Here’s a preview of what’s in store:

The all-time bestseller in the shop especially during Christmas is the kidada charm bracelets, perfect to give for barkadas…

kidada charm bracelets, Php 150 each

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Level up my business

Online shopping in the Philippines has come a long way, from Multiply, online shops have conquered Facebook. But as I’ve said before, I don’t want to make my personal account in Facebook an online circus of some sort. But what I’ve been considering for months now is to buy a domain name for my site and set it up as a stand-alone e-commerce/shop site complete with shopping cart features. I think Philippine market is mature enough for this kind of shopping experience and I know a lot of Philippine-based online sites that are already successful with this kind of set-up.

I already have an existing web hosting for my blogs but I’m afraid that the space/bandwidth won’t be enough to accommodate the existing traffic my Multiply store has. One suggestion is for me to have my own server, but I’m too novice for those technical stuff. Having my own dedicated server might be an advantage for me in the future should I acquire more blogs and online shops but I’m lost with all technical jargons. But I found a great deal in Superb.net with their managed hosting, aside from their managed dedicated servers that I can acquire, it also comes with a 5-in-1 deal which includes managed backup, managed firewalls, OS hardening, patches and updates and proactive monitoring. Looks like a promising plan, right? And if all things became successful, I can even avail of their colocation plans to take care of my server.

Just sharing you some of my hopes on becoming a successful entrepreneur, but in the meantime, do check out the latest collection from Pink Fortune, multi-way bags that are definitely bang for the buck!

Chic Woven Round Bags

Promoting my online shop

Here I am again, creating an online buzz about my online shop that sells fashion accessories. Sales these past few months are kind of slow. Maybe because competition is stiff nowadays with a lot of online shops sprouting not only in Multiply but also in Facebook. I still refuse to migrate selling in Facebook because Facebook for me, is more of a personal account and I reckon this is also the case for others. So I’m happy with my current online shop in Multiply and swore to myself that I will not tag my friends in Facebook about my wares. I’ll just find other ways in increasing my sales without being too pushy and with a code of ethics in mind.

One way to promote my online shop, Pink Fortune, is through classifieds. Just like including our blogs in link directories, listing our online shops in different classifieds and directories will make it more visible to prospective customers and buyers. It’s also free so there’s nothing to lose, just hardwork and patience because creating and posting classifieds can be quite tedious especially when manually entering the details. But I promise, you’ll gain a sale/s from these listings. I once read that in sales, one must not stop marketing his/her products.

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Pink Fortune’s new look and new uploads

It’s been a more than a year since I changed my online shop’s layout, Pink Fortune. Maybe one of the reasons of my online selling hiatus for a few months is because I got tired of the new layout. I asked Ann of Design.Create.Art to revamp my site last April, but she got busy until now. Finally, my Multiply online shop has a fab new look and I love it to bits!

Pink Fortune

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I will never miss a sale again

Aside from being a blogger, I’m also an online seller at Multiply, in fact, I’m enjoying this sideline for 2 years now. I get to do things I love which is to shop and do crafts like beading. Earning from it is just an added bonus as well as gaining friends along the way. Maintaining an online shop is quite a task, I have to check everyday for inquiries, post blogs and ads about new products, update my clients for the status of their orders, checking if they have received the items in good condition, etc… Aside from the online inquiries, I also get inquiries and orders thru text messages even in the wee hours of the morning. That’s the beauty of online shopping, you can shop 24/7 at the convenience of your own home and with only just a few clicks.

So how can the buyers inform me with their orders? Well, it’s with the use of Online Order Forms that makes things easier. There are free HTML generators out there such as Wufoo.com or Freedback.com which I currently use that automatically sends an order form to my email address whenever a buyer submits one. The Order Forms I receive looks like the photo below:

order forms sent to my email
order forms sent to my email

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Protect your personal information

In this day and age, almost every activity can be done online. From getting in touch with your friends thru chatting and email, promoting your business through social networks, gaining information from Internet forum, shopping online from e-commerce websites, paying bills, online banking and so much more. Most of the time, websites you go to requires you to register before you can use the services or before you can interact with other members like in an Internet forum. For some sites, you can get away with just your nickname and some fictional address like “paradise”, “heaven”, etc…, but websites like an ecommerce site and online banking requires you to put in your real name, complete address, credit card information, email address, phone number and other sensitive personal information. You may think that giving your personal information to your trusted company’s website is secure enough, but think twice, no matter how advance the technology is, Identity Theft is a Problem .

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Shopping in the US has never been this easy with Johnny Air Cargo

Shopping online from favorite stores in the US and receiving it here in the Philippines is now possible. Thanks to forwarding companies like Johnny Air Cargo. We used JAC to forward our Casio Protrek watches bought in Amazon.com. We’ve been wanting to buy stuffs from US sites but we’re always hindered because of exorbitant shipping charges aside from the customs duties and taxes we have to pay at the post office. But not anymore with JAC, everybody can shop in the US, have a US address and receive packages here in the Philippines.

Johnny Air Cargo Megamall

Johnny Air Cargo Megamall

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On online shopping and unknown callers

Ever since I started my online shop, Pink Fortune, I get to receive text messages from unknown numbers of prospective buyers. Naturally, I gladly entertained all their inquiries for me to have a successful transaction with them. Online shopping in the Philippines is still at an early stage because a lot of people are still hesitant to use their credit cards online and are still not comfortable of having to wait for their items to be delivered via courier. Albeit the comfort online shopping brings, a lot of consumers prefer to shop in the malls or have them delivered via COD. Some marketing strategies can be sometimes annoying too like calling you and offering you to buy their items. A friend tried to report telemarketers once to PLDT but to no avail. Another reason that hinders online shopping in the Philippines to soar is due to scammers. I need not elaborate on those sellers in Multiply who turned out to be scammers because it’s been happening for years now. As a seller, I have my fair share of scammers online. Yes, even online sellers can be scammed and harrassed.

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