By : JUANCHO ANTONOV
How loud SULIT.COM.PH does speak for its name? Does this site was honestly made for shopper’s convenience or is it just the name that sounds good, but the real thing is “It is just too good to be true”? Let’s review this shopping website and find out if we can catch a fish in a desert.
Photo taken from :Sulit.com.ph
Whenever we hear this tagline, one thing would surely enter our mind, SULIT.COM.PH. This classified ads website was made on September 11, 2006 by Netrepreneurs Connection Enterprises. It is a website that caters primarily to Philippine market. It is an online marketplace where people buy and sell a wide variety of goods, products, and services under different categories such as real estate, auto motives, careers, business products and services, and many more among Filipino individuals and business groups all over the world. ( Wikipedia 2013)
Since We Filipinos are living in a society where Internet connection had been a must for everybody, creators of this site saw this as an opportunity to reach the broader perspective of online selling. Though this site doesn’t directly produce and sell a certain product, this site serves as the “Online Divisoria” for sellers and shoppers where thousands of items like Shirts, gadgets, foods or even pets can be found for sale, may it be brand new or 2nd hand. For sure, Online sellers would thank this site, making their marketing strategies and techniques even more accessible for everyone, especially for the “Netizens”. This proves that even shopping that requires physical effort through going malls was now under this digital era and can be transformed into a less effort and hassle-free shopping online.
Photo taken from : stechienotes.com
Admit it, walking in the mall just to buy a single piece of shirt can really be exhausting and time consuming. Aside from the effort exerted through going to mall alone, the whole exploration inside the mall and tiangge is quite off already, especially nowadays where in technology transformed people into its lazier version, SULIT and other online shopping website grabbed the perfect time to get the outmost attention and interest of the prospect shoppers. Another thing in SULIT is that, you can choose from hundreds of items being sold in the site. For example, simply type “IPhone 4s” in the search engine, then hundreds of Iphone4s would appear instantly in your screen. From those items, you can choose the one that you want, the one that fits your personality, and since most of the items in this site were second-hand, SULIT wouldn’t be SULIT if it’ll leave your pocket empty, so it’s already given that items here are mostly below par . Last thing, SULIT is open for everybody, regardless of the status, sex, nationality, and age of both shoppers and sellers.
Albert, 19 a business minded student has been one of the thousands sellers in SULIT. He’s been selling statement shirts for a couple of years, and from those years of experience of being a businessman in the cyber world, he can proudly say that he has been making money through his self in a less hassle way.
“Sa SULIT kase, magpopost ka lang ng item na binibenta mo, the only process that requires more effort would be the promotion, syempre you need to market your product, kailangan Makita ng tao kung ano yung binebenta mo for you to have your buyers, yung exposure ba. Hindi mo na kailangan pa magka pwesto sa mga malls and tiangge’s kase nga Online has been the market ehh, wala pang bayad once you decided to be a seller,So Hassle-free talaga, nakatipid ka pa.”
If there are words that fit SULIT.COM.PH for Albert, it would be “THANK YOU”. Albert has been supporting his studies all alone. This Business Administration student said that he grew up not knowing his parents. He has been raised by her grandmother, and since he discovered that his creativity together with his ideas can make money out of his hand, he used it through printing statement shirts and have it posted in SULIT.COM.PH.
“ Wala naman akong puhunan at oras para magkapwesto sa mall, so ayun gumawa akong account sa SULIT at yun, nagbunga naman yung risks and sacrifices ko. Thank you talaga sa SULIT kase nakatulong sya sa improvement ng buhay ko” Albert happily said.
We have seen how SULIT transformed Albert’s life. From a “person-in-need” to a “person highly needed” because the demands for his product has been unstoppable. Now, let me share how SULIT affected my life too. This experience is for me to share, and for you to be more cautious about engaging business online.
One time I saw this latest gadget and I can’t help but to crave and die to have it. I opened the page and I knew that the seller was a woman in the name of “Joyce”. Her full name was posted in her site, so the 1st thing I did was to check her facebook account, for me to analyze if her face was worth the trust of the money that I’m supposed to give, and assumed that her face doesn’t seem like a scammer. She named the price of the gadget for almost below par that it would really grab your attention, “Kung baga sa pagkain, TAKAW MATA” that’s why I quickly grabbed the opportunity, I’ve gotten her cellphone number and asked her if the item was still for sale, and she replied Yes, it was still available. We have talked regarding the gadgets, I’ve acted as if I’m really meticulous for me to analyze if she was telling the truth, asked how long she had the gadget, checked if it is really in a mint condition since it was only 2nd hand, and asked her how the transaction will be. Since she said that she stays in La Union, Pangasinan, the only choice was the Shipment transaction. That time, it’s like my mind was hypnotized by her affordable item, that I didn’t thought that there were still many choices that would required only meet-up transaction, that’s why as easy as the blink of an eye, we have this deal that I’ll buy the item, and I’ll be needing to pay the price, before she send the item. Because I was too blinded by her sweet words and promises and mesmerized me by her fake perfumes, since I’ve anticipated that if ever this was just a scam, I can report her, since I know her number, her facebook account, and the” full of effort -personality” she had portrayed, I was convinced to buy and pay for it, so I did. She said that I’ll receive the item within 24 hours through Air21, and that’s how we have the deal closed. I’ve waited, patiently waited, stressed waited until 24 hours have passed and I received nothing but fear, and worries. I’ve texted her that the item wasn’t on my hands yet, but didn’t received any reply at all. I’ve tried calling her for hundred times but the phone was always left unanswered. Until I realized “Oh Yes, I was scammed.” I, myself claimed before that I won’t be foolish in terms of this kind of transaction, Ironically, I was. Of course I have this silly fault that I’ve trusted so much the scammer,
but don’t you think SULIT is teaching the scammers, to cope up with this new era of technology and be a “cyber-scammer”? Does SULIT and other online shopping website have been the breeding ground for the higher cyber criminals? A much and improved that can be called as “Masasamang loob version 2.0 ”?
photo taken from : www.rctech.net
Yes, there could be many things that SULIT have offered to the public, the convenience, the item’s affordability, the effortless shopping galore. But it’s quite alarming that a free site like SULIT is being invaded by the money-clouded people. And since it was free, there’s no filtration that is happening, everyone can post an item without the site’s knowledge if it was true or not. The only thing a buyer can hold is the trust and the hope that the transaction will be fine and true.
SULIT doesn’t have these gatekeepers to check the seller’s credibility and ability to sell an item.
Choosing an item and trusting a seller in SULIT is like searching for a true friend, many will pretend but only few are willing. SULIT, if it is really shoppers-friendly, could have been produced gatekeepers to filter whom among these sellers aren’t wearing a mask. Yes it might be hard, as hard as a stone perhaps, but if this site is really concern with their visitors, not only for the site’s personal gain and popularity, they could have been done that even before thousands of crimes regarding this Site have been engaged to. They should have been included “Ingat” in their tagline, HANAP.USAP.INGAT.DEAL. that would sound more cautious and believable.
SULIT doesn’t have the record of the names of their sellers.
In every class, names of the students are highly recommended for record keeping, not just because for them to know each other, but for the teacher to know who among her/his class did something good and bad. Unluckily, SULIT doesn’t have this, thus giving the whole decision to the buyers, to assume whom to trust to. It’s like shoppers were shopping with a blindfold in his eye. Most likely in a dilemma of “mini mini miny moo”, there’s no assurance. SULIT has been teaching scammer to evolve into something trendy and techie scammers. The site had unconsciously taught the people how to scam people in a more easy, uncomplicated and latest way. Honestly, everyone can scam in SULIT whenever they want, and this is because SULIT has no credible and trustworthy list of names of their sellers.
If you were scammed, all we can say is SORRY.
Just because SULIT lacks of everything I have cited, do you think they’ll be responsible if you were scammed? Expectation hurts, we all know that. Once you were scammed, you have wasted money, you didn’t get the chance to have the item that you thought you’ll have, you’ll think that you are fool, it’ll make you realize how silly you are, and do you think they’ll be responsible for your lost? It is you to know and again, it is you to find out. SULIT had been too good to be true for the shoppers, making them believe that the primary aim of it was for their convenience. It’s silly if in the initial planning of the making the site, they didn’t anticipated that SULIT could have been used for crimes since it involves money, so I am sure they did. But they seems to be blind-folded, not seeing that SULIT was being used as the instrument for cyber crimes and doing nothing at all? Even their actual website doesn’t give sympathy if in case you were scammed, there’s no section there saying “What if I was scammed in SULIT?” So shoppers should really be cautious.
I’m not generalizing that all SULIT sellers are all scammers, because in the first place that’s not what I have written. I’m not saying that SULIT had been a home of scammers and crimes, they have just lacked in precautionary measures and guidelines on how a shopper should buy an item. SULIT has been made to catch fish in a sea, not in the desert. That’s why if SULIT is really made for everybody’s convenience, the name itself should prove that HANAP.USAP.DEAL can really be done in formal, civilized, safe and credible way, and the shopping itself in SULIT can really be considered as SULIT.
- sidlacanedmar.sulit.com.ph (spyhunterblog.wordpress.com)
- The World of Buy and Sell (mikeesmike.wordpress.com)