Is Black Friday Shopping Worth It?

 

Black Friday Shopping online to substitute offline shoppping

 

The season of Black Friday shopping is round the corner again. As usual, many retailers are now busily gearing up their products on sale and more intensively, marketing slogans to attract the most avid shopper who has tons of items in mind. And nowadays, Black Friday Shopping is not just a hit in North America, but in across the world as well.

Let us first analyse the pros and cons of Black Friday Shopping in USA.

In the USA, many shoppers have to queue for long hours just to get to their favourite retail stores. Some even braved winter storms / blizzards during this late November Thanksgiving season to get to there. Isn’t that a hassle?

Wasted time.

Wasted quality that you could have spent with your loved ones.

People queuing while they are freezing! Outdoors in an enclosed space!

And worse, a snowstorm can even lead to accidents, and sometimes even deaths if not properly handled.

That’s why online shopping is a now current choice of buyer experience. Even for the sellers too.

Well, in this digital age, it is very necessary and reasonable that many will make their shopping transactions through this channel of online shopping.

But does online shopping necessarily provide you the user experience you want during Black Friday?

According to PYMNTS.com, according to a survey by Adobe’s 2016 Digital Insights Shopping Predictions,the shoppers in America have had poor experience of mobile browsing. 48% said that slow page load times repeat, 28% complained of malfunctions with their mobile platforms, and 31% grumbled about difficulty in navigation.

People often complaint of slowness in browsing. This was mainly due to heavy traffic of browsing – all retail buying at the same time. This often delays online shopping and creates higher site downtime frequency.

A primary finding from this site suggests that retailers without a solid mobile experience may pass up a major opportunity for huge income on Black Friday and other occasion occasions contrasted with their associated partners.

And if that’s not major enough, consider this effect – vulnerability to online.

This is a breach in online security. In this Mashable article, about 10% of mobile apps found in the search results of ‘Black Friday’ is blacklisted as having malicious intent. Many fraudsters have even taken to emulating legit apps to dupe online shoppers. Almost 2000 URLs were blacklisted because they copied the top 5 retail brands branded terms associated along with Black Friday.

We have just covered some of the pros and cons of the online shopping experience during the Thanksgiving season, where the shopping trends tend to peak during this holiday season worldwide. It’s certainly understandable that many shoppers like you are in the frenzy state of buying so as to prepare for the holidays, the new year and even to satisfy own basic needs and wants. Perhaps, it is time for you to get awareness of online shopping and to know where you can sense is not right and make judgments and decisions for your buying plans.

SmartOnlineConsumers wish you a Happy Thanksgiving ahead.

Do contact us here if you have any feedback or suggestions to share and we will be very happy to address your concerns and work together in future.

Your Halloween Party Best – What Do You (Not) Know About Halloween Costumes?

 

Some Halloween Costumes Can’t Be Bought This Year

With Halloween around the corner, we are sure that you might be super excited to go trick and treating. Who has ever said, “I do not want to dress up for Halloween”? Halloween costume shopping without a shred of doubt is the most exclusive part of the day.

Popular Halloween costumes over the years have been so creative and breathtaking that it always puts an additional pressure on dressing up. Sure, you have decided what you want to be. But there are few who leave it up until the last minute.

Multiple websites would give you the tips such as “trending Halloween costumes this year”, “we have got your back this Halloween” et al. But how many of them tell you about the cons of the costumes that have been tried on before by seasoned dressers? Probably not too many. Therefore, before you hit that store for your Halloween costume shopping, you might want an exquisite insight into what not to buy this Halloween season.

We have curated multiple websites for you bringing you the most down rated costumes of all times. Done and dusted by the customers across the country, you might want to think twice before placing that order.

1) ABING Halloween Pyjamas Home wear One-piece Onesie Cosplay Costumes Kigurumi Animal Outfit Loungewear

The product description as lucrative as might sound, it is an incredible animal wear costume that is customised for the Halloween. A unisex product listed for Halloween costume shopping is most likely to be chosen by adults and kids alike, it comes in sizes S-XL. Flannels are great but only when it comes to blankets. Choose this one only if you want your kids warm in a fun way.

But do note of the negative comments by users below:

 

2) DREAMOWL Inflatable Giant Poop Emoji Costume for Adult Kids Halloween Party Game

Ok, we get it that you love humour and have decided to show up as poop Emoji in that Halloween party! You went Halloween costume shopping and bought this poop costume which comes with a fan to inflate it into a shaped suit. However, batteries are at your expenses. Soft and light, it restricts you from being the ultimate fun person because it gives you no space to bounce around.

One user, Sarah, however, wasn’t too happy with the product. She reviews as per below, “Fan did not work so it did not stay blown up. Wore it to and event and had to hold it out to give the effect.” We guess she has a tough time going trick or treat with her friends!

Another buyer says, “The zipper broke within minutes. It had potential, but now it’s garbage unless I spend money to fix it. Total Crap.” The poop just probably did its job. But it still has eyes and a smiling face on it. You might just want to consider it, just in case!

3) 2017 New Women’s Halloween Butterfly Wings Shawl Cape Scarf Fairy Poncho Shawl Wrap Costume Accessory

A butterfly gives you butterflies! Dressing up as a butterfly for that party is definitely going to turn a few heads. You have got the Halloween costume shopping sorted. And now it’s time for the wings. You come across a wonderful pair which is a cape too. What more could you ask for?

Think again, we say. The product description says, “An elastic band wrapped in fabric that seals with Velcro. It’s tight like a chocker.” The chocker on this one might end up choking you up, metaphorically.

4) Ivysan Halloween Cosplay Lace Eye Mask for Masquerade Party

Halloween and a masquerade party are the best combination ever! The mysterious look and feel with an adorable dress you bought from the Halloween costume shopping just sets you up for the evening.

All excited for the mask to compliment her dress, Roxanna waited for her package like a little kid. But there was something else in store for her. “I received an empty envelope…no product and I needed it for tomorrow. Absolutely frustrated!” That is definitely what you do not want to end up with. Unless you want to wear a bag on your head! This type of companies shouldn’t be allowed to sale things online who don’t have proper customer care support.

The above complaint would be a classic example of an administrative error gone wrong!

And even as this is a highly recommended product as almost 5 star reviews have been given, I think as online marketers, we cannot afford to be making such mistakes (unless buyers are wrong).


So that’s it about knowing some of the unknown comments on what you should do when going for your Halloween party and ensure for your consumer satisfaction, we have to be very certain on what quality we want to get.

Yes, every Halloween item has its own pros and cons, but we wanna find out and see what best experience will you get once you are at the party.

Perhaps, you should do the traditional way – go out to the departmental store and try them out there to see if they fit.

Sometimes, it’s not the fault of the vendor / manufacturer as if you do the online shopping, you are only assuming if you can fit into them well even if the size chosen is what you think!

Anyways, we hope we are not spoiling your Halloween mood but we just wanna spread the awareness of what users will find in their Halloween shopping experience and we hope all of us will be prudent about it now (as it’s the Halloween season now) and even in future Halloween parties you gonna do.

Enjoy your Halloween parties out there!

 

 

 

 

Wireless Streams Hot or Not? – Are you looking for the best bluetooth speaker less than S$100?

Are wireless streams really value for the pumped up vibes to pump out your stress?

Look at the pic above. Ain’t it cute and dashing?

And not only that, this device is easier for ya to bring it around without a plug-in into your phone or your iPod isn’t it?

Or perhaps this comes in timely with the advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI) as seen below

Yes, that’s right!

Better thing – it doesn’t cost less than S$100. Which is pretty lower than most bluetooth speakers with outstanding qualities!

And you can even receive news on the weather and the sports updates too!

Knowing whether Manchester City has scored a new goal or if the Red Sox has won, or if another hurricane is moving upwards the East Coast.

But just how up-to-date is it overall?

Let’s look at some of the negative reviews:

Above 1 comment has denoted about the security flaws in the bluetooth speaker. Apparently, the user’s neighbours are able to receive music at the speaker from his phone. Click here to find out the range of bluetooth connectivity and the distance isn’t mentioned in the products specs. This allows unauthorised use by anybody nearby who’s not close to you, as long it is audible enough for that person to use it. And at home, doors can be closed to cut off sound to the unauthorised user. But how about in public? For example, in an office environment or a gym class where if it is left powered on, any user nearby can just connect his device to this speaker and blast the music loud on!

Well, this Amazon Echo Dot seems to have some problems with the security issues.

But that’s only provided if the user leaves it switched on and unsupervised.

What if your neighbour who connects to the device doesn’t want to play the music for his or her own sake, and only wanting to play it to let you hear not so pleasant things, such as an unauthorised recording of the main user’s privacy attacked?

 

If users can just pretend that the security flaws do not affect them, they can just brush it off. But I’m sure a majority of users feel a lot about this very much!

And how about other complaints the users have received about this product?

Yes, there are. Synchronising the Echo Dot with the smartphone or tablet seems to be problematic at times.

It’s online shopping anyway and there’s no way anyone can test demo before buying. Unless you are buying from sites like Carousell, where you get to meet the seller before taking the product.

That’s why it is always imperative to always check the product from friends or seek other people opinions before risking to get your product right away.

For the case of Amazon Echo Dot in this article, we now know, after some investigation into the negative comments, what are the limitations of it if you ever purchase it online.

You don’t just check on the price and technical capabilities.

You really have to weigh the risks of the limitations you may receive, based on the 360 look at both positive and negative reviews.

Surely, the picture looks tempting as the display is beautiful.

Well, don’t be fooled by good looks of the display pictures.

We shall look at what 2 recommended wireless speakers you can get for less than S$100, as most bluetooth speakers cost more than S$100 actually.

Best bluetooth speaker less than S$100

  1. JBL Clip 2 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker


Positive:

  • Tiny and very handy
  • Speakerphone function is available too
  • Waterproof – you can use it near pools and beaches too

 

Negative:

  • Short battery life

2. Koss BTS1 Bluetooth Speaker

Positive:

  • Detailed sound blast
  • Lightweight too
  • Easily stored

Negative:

  • No bonus features

We have come to the end of this article for wireless speakers. Hopefully, you’ve learnt something new about bluetooth speakers you don’t know about.

Disclaimer: All the negative reviews from the users are real and have been verified by Amazon itself. We are not here to shed some light on e-commerce products to educate customers on the pitfalls of buying in the online store.

Diapers for your baby?

Disclaimer: This is my own post. Although I do reflect the public opinions of users on the products, I am only giving my own personal opinion in my post.

Diapers! You know if you are parents, you need them for your babies.

They are as necessary as soap and toothpaste.

I come across a certain diapers from Qoo10 and this captures my attention as I have many friends around me who are now first time parents.

I wonder what shopping is like. But here are some comments that show the loopholes of the product:

But with these diapers, you can’t help it sometimes that your smelly liquid would still appear.

Well, it’s not your fault certainly!

As parents, what can we do?

Don’t buy diapers?

Every night if you have to wake up in the middle of the night to clean the mattresses, bedsheets and blankets, ain’t life a tiring journey for ya?

But do you want to leave your baby this way:

I feel that the leakage must be addressed very promptly for parents as this caused sleepless nights for parents.

This is one of the worst nightmares for inexperienced first-timer parents.

Unless the parent is lucky enough to work at home like a fortunate few, a huge overwhelming majority of parents have to report to work early at a fixed time the next day.

Therefore, the leakage of urine and faeces overnight caused by porous diapers have to be of utmost concern when parents choose and buy in the online store.

Well, it’s all part of parenthood, isn’t it?

Choose your diapers properly.

You can still buy diapers from online stores, but don’t just buy just because they are popular and cheap. You’ve gotta weigh the consequences of the purchase and compare with other brands of diapers.

Good luck to ya all!

 

Are Sexual Wellness Products a Worth Buy?

Are Products To Boost Sexuality A Worth Buy –

Tongkat Ali?

Breast Enhancer?

Other Sex Toys?

Well, come on! They are just another gimmick for pleasures in sexuality.

Let’s take a look at one of the products currently selling like hotcakes at Qoo10 here

About 20 to 30 per cent of men experienced premature ejaculation problems. And a larger problem is that they feel a personal insult that they wouldn’t even want to confide such personal problems to their doctors – thus the crave for such delay sprays.

Delay creams and showers are a simple and quick answer for untimely discharge that interest numerous men.

They can be particularly helpful if your concern is caused by physical problems instead of elements like nervousness or an absence of stimulation control.

Well, the original price of this product is said to be nearly S$50. The sale price is almost S$15.

Yes, this is cheap product. For cheap pleasures to men certainly! To lengthen…

Lengthen what? LOL.

Well, put it this way – many men around the world are having ejaculation problems when having sex. They have problems penetrating … haha.

But after using this item, many buyers are complaining about this product.

OK. To be fair, let’s not put delivery and logistical complaints of this product.

Let’s just review about the complaints of the product itself.

Many people who bought this product complaint that it did very little to them, just like an example above.

 

It didn’t help them lengthen, erect and ejaculate as much as they want.

No numbness on the penis.

Perhaps many have as much as they had, received it by the time the product nears its expiration date or even surpassed it!

The striking fact of this product is that one user even had a side effect!!!

Let’s examine upon research the side effects of the use:

  • Loss of pleasure
  • Loss of erection capability
  • Spread to your partner

Loss of pleasure

Well, according to some users, they enjoy the sensation less even while they are able to last longer in bed.

And this means you are clearly not feeling the pleasure on bed anymore and that won’t make your partner happy as well!

So beware of the long term use of this product at all costs!

Loss of erection capability

One normal symptom is this use is excessive numbing effect. If the cream is too strong, it leads to decreased sensation.

This can once in a while likewise result in troublesome getting or keeping up an erection. You at that point need to wash off what you can, and sit tight for the sedative to wear off before attempting once more. Not a perfect circumstance in the tosses of enthusiasm. In fact, in many circumstances, the erection becomes much weaker!

Spread to your partner

What this means is the cream being applied on the penis and spread during penetration!

And oral sex too can also result in the cream being applied transferred too and your partner will feel the sensation unfairly!

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And even worst of all – SERIOUS BURNING SENSATION RESULTS!

For products to have side effects is serious. It cannot bypass regulation by health authorities (This product is selling in Singapore, and so the Health Science Authority is supposed to inspect this product).

A regulation would help to check and inspect on the ingredients used in making the product work as it’s still a spray on the exterior skin. People with more sensitive skin allergy might develop rashes and other side effects that can be inconvenient or even deadly in worst cases!

And most important of all, the seller went unresponsive when contacted for explanation on the expiry date as promised.

And so much for the price of $50!

Why would the pictorial ad mislead the consumer into getting one?

So guys, we suggest before you wanna purchase one, no matter what price, think before you get one.

Always seek feedback from others on the experience of using 1 before considering.