At some point of restrictions and lockdown, we bought something online especially during the holiday.
Last year, after constantly encouraging my sibling to buy food online and not only cooked meals, she finally gave in.
My sibling and I discovered that buying groceries online on Waltermart was fun . . . and a hassle.
I’ll share my sibling’s experience on this post base on what I’ve been told. Why is it hard to ask for more details even from your family? Am I that annoying and inquisitive?
Well, I had to do what I had to do: write informative post with whatever I have.
Why Did We Buy on Waltermart
I found out about online grocery shopping in the Philippines through a blog post of a personal finance Pinoy blogger.
Scrolling through my inbox was futile; I can’t find the post anymore. Update: I found the blog post of Mercurial Dudette about ordering online groceries. The link was hiding in my phone’s notes.
Anyway, my sibling made an online account and shopped for groceries within my budget.
Our family had a new inverter refrigerator (energy efficient) which was also bought online from Anson’s so I decided to buy some groceries for my family.
After my sister put things in the online cart, I reviewed and asked her to make changes because I saw many snacks and sweets. (Well we’re two peas in a pod.)
The Goods and the Hassle
I can’t remember much of the details but I am sure with that kind of delivery service my sister wasn’t impressed .
The grocery made it to our place amidst the on and off pandemic restrictions. When I saw how the items were packed, I somehow able tor relate with my sibling’s frustration.
And that’s not all. Something is missing.
My sister was excited to cook something yet a frozen meat wasn’t included in the delivery. Thus, we expected a refund immediately.
After sending emails, the refund went to my sister’s account.
My sister’s first experience in buying groceries online on Waltermart wasn’t encouraging to try this route again. And I have to agree with it for now. Who knows maybe it will be better next time.
I am glad that Philippines is catching up with online shopping services.
While I haven’t tried buying groceries online in Canada (eg. Instacart), I will give it a try if the weather and the road is extremely a mess due to a snowstorm.
In the future when I stop sending balikbayan boxes, I’ll opt for online shopping in the Philippines. (I bought an IVO water filter for my family.)
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Hopefully, when things get better, they can shop in stores not requiring passes and protection.
What Philippine online stores you shop at? How was your experience?