Do ever find it frustrating to search for something here, there, everywhere only to discover that what you’re looking for is no where to be found in the Philippines?????
Well, that’s what I felt when I needed something badly.
Luckily, I discovered Galleon while surfing the world wide web.
Galleon is an e-commerce company that’s nothing like any other online stores in the Philippines. What makes them stand out is that they mainly showcase a wide range of products that aren’t currently sold in the country, ranging from electronics to home furniture pieces, and from clothes to edible stuff, such as tea, chocolates, cookies and even sweeteners! I’m yet to find Xylitol or red raspberry leaf tea here, so I’ll probably buy a bag or two from them.
So how does it work?
If you want to buy something, you simply go to their website (duh!) and search for the item you’re looking for. If there’s a price on it, just click the ‘buy’ button and follow the instructions. If there isn’t any price, just click ‘request for pricing.’ If you can’t find the specific product you’re searching for and it’s not being sold in the country, you can contact them and ask. Most of the time, they’ll find a way to help you get the item to you.
For a bit of store background, most of the products they sell are shipped straight from the US. In other words, they don’t have stocks on hand. From what I understand, they buy straight from suppliers, assuring shoppers that their products are original. Come to think of it, they’re pretty much like a mediator or something.
As for the price, well, they’re a bit expensive than Ebay or Amazon, I must say. But there’s a reason for that. You see, their prices already include the shipping and handling, duty taxes, importation and the whole nine yards. Simply put, you buy convenience wit them. Besides, who would want to deal with the lousy postal service and the *#$@)$ Bureau of Customs? Trust me, you don’t want to go through the hell of dealing with them. Oh! By the way, because they’re using social shopping method, you can get a discount if you log on to your Facebook account and share what you’ve bought.
Delivery usually takes 15 days, but since I’m based in Cebu City, I had to wait around two or three more days before I could get my hands on my orders. But, surprise, surprise, they arrived earlier! the estimated date of delivery was February 3rd, but the packaged was delivered six working days earlier! Amazing, right?
They’re customer support service is also fast in responding to queries. I’m not really into online shopping so I had a lot of questions before I placed my order, and they answered all of them. There was even a time when they called me as soon as I sent a text message. They also gave me updates on my order status through email. So, yes, shopping with them was really worth it.
So, if you happen to find something on Pinterest or on Facebook and you can’t find it anywhere in the pinoy land, there’s a high chance you’ll find it at Galleon. And that’s about it! Happy shopping!
*This post is not paid by Galleon or any company for that matter. What you’ve read are purely based on my personal experience, which is good so far.