Ok let me just put it out there…. I LOVE SHOPPING!
But what do you do when you can’t just walk into a store and get the things you want cause, they’re just never going to be brought in. The answer: Online Shopping!
Shopping might be stereotyped as the favourite past-time for the gals, but hey, boys love their toys. Even as i’m typing this I can’t help but think of that new gaming keyboard I wanna get – and maybe accessorise it with a matching mouse plus a badass gaming mat. And then we think about brands – do I want to go with Razer or Armaggeddon? That’s a conundrum right there…. and that’s how it all begins.
Surfing from site to site, review after review and possibly a whole weekend spent hopping from store to store. Second guessing and asking yourself the critical questions over and over again – response time vs sensitivity. Do I need that high a “DPI”? Am I gonna be using it for FPS or MMOs?? It’s taking shopping to whole other level – its a science! *This is usually where I get a mental breakdown and security has to haul me off.*
Over time I’ve started to realize that I spend more time shopping online than I do offline….. how’s that? Well, with online shopping, the WORLD is MY store! I can get stuff in from US, UK, Japan an wherever else cool stuff is born. Limited edition swag that turns heads more than two elephants ‘doin’ the dirty’. *Mariska Hargitay*
Now recently I was invited by OMY.sg to attend the Sold.sg re-launch party at Hummerstons @ Robertson Walk for canapés and drinks. Nice food and drinks withstanding, I always approach such events with sceptically. Another online shopping site? Really? Ok…. go ahead…. impress me.
Practically, all my casual Friday tees were found online from pop-culture and gamer sites, while almost anything else I purchase is extensively researched on-line before purchase. While I’m usually pretty satisfied with the purchase, the whole process leaves me drained. So I’m no stranger to the online shopping multiverse. However, I have to say, the new Sold.sg site impresses.
Before the launch party, I was privy to a little site visit of the Soldger HQ. Seems like I have more in common with these guys than I thought….
“One of the things that sets Sold.sg apart from all the other online shops is the idea of Soldger curation, meaning every product you see on the site was hand-chosen because of its craftsmanship, unique provenance, amazing aesthetics and unfailing qualities” said Sold.sg co-Founder and products team lead, Angeline Tham.
Normally I’d think that these were pretty lofty claims… but after a look around the HQ I realized that these dudes (and dudettes) were pretty col and knew how to have fun…. my kinda fun.
Off to the launch
Back at Hummerstons there was a pretty decent turnout and co-Founder Tan Qiuyan took centre stage.
“The Sold.sg Shop and Sale sites will offer our customers immediate gratification. If they see something they like, they can make an instant purchase and have their purchase delivered right to their doorstep
On the other hand, not forgetting the shoppers who thrive on the strategic side of Sold.sg Auctions, they can shop via this channel where more exciting features will be added in the near future
The new Sold.sg will bring more choice to our users and allow them to experience entertainment shopping at its best”
Shopping entertainment at its best? Well this just might be it. I registered for an account and went to take a look at the region’s first multi-platform e-commerce model myself.
Adding to its pay-to-bid auction model, the Sold.sg team added two other e-commerce options: Sold.sg Shop – for the busy shopaholics, or Sold.sg Sale – for bargain hunters.
Perfect for the busy shopper…Curated just for you!
Just by looking at the products on sale, you can tell there’s something for everyone. From an Ionizer and ice trays to T-shirts, iPad cases and stuff for the audiophile in you.
At Sold.sg Shop they’ve got the site very nicely laid out with a section dedicated to gist ideas for Him and for Her and for Kids as well. There really is something for everyone.
Bargain hunters look no further
At Sold.sg Sale you’ve got great stuff going for knockdown prices with the same extensive range as the Shop site.
All you have to do is log in and you can see the steal you’re getting. Think about it… a JBL Creature sound system for less tha $169 or a Polaroid camera for below $139… log in and check it out.
For the Camper/Sniper/Tactician for some trigger finger fun!
In order to participate in the Sold.sg Auctions, it’s pretty simple. Actually that’s what I really like about the whole site. It’s pretty intuitive and almost anyone should be able to navigate easily.
The Auction mechanics require you to buy tokens to bid/play. Each token is then used to up your bid by the fixed amount determined by Sold.sg.
The great thing is that there are auctions set up just for ‘newbies’. You can only qualify to bid if you’ve won less than 3 auctions which is pretty cool.
Time to give it a shot.
Seeing the great deals on the site… I decided to try out the auction fun myself…. didn’t win though *sigh*
Gimme a break a PS3 AND FIFA 13 for only about $30+?? Gimme a break… now i’m depressed.
Well I might not have won at the auction, but the guys at Sold.sg have put together a primer to help ytou get started: The Beginner’s Guide.
Keeping in touch..
The Sold.sg team has also set up great avenues to hear YOUR views:
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/solddotsg or @Solddotsg
That’s all for now folks… time for me to go stalk out the new auctions. Here’s a couple more pics from the day’s events: