Just in time for 9.9.
The first phase of the Movement Control Order (MCO) was the worst for me, a skincare addict who prefers to buy her serum, masks, and ampoules from brick-and-mortar stores.
While it’s true that many of the skincare products I use can be found on e-commerce sites like Lazada, my issue has always been that some of the products are not sold by the brand itself or by known multi-brand vendors like Sephora.
That’s right – I’m the type of shopper who would pay more just to make sure that the product she bought is genuine. It doesn’t matter whether it’s RM5 more, or 50% more expensive than the cheapest item on the list – I’d gladly pay more just for peace of mind.
Some people prefer to shop from official online vendors, either the brand owners or their official retailers
Personally, this is due to the type of products I’m purchasing, which are mainly exfoliators with direct acids, as well as serums and essence with high concentration of active ingredients. Things could go really, really wrong if someone unknowingly uses a fake product – nevermind it being ineffective, we’re talking about worst case scenarios of chemical burns and scarring.
But skincare aside, what about pricer items like gadgets and electronics? If you’re going to spend hundreds or thousands of ringgit online for a new phone or a vacuum cleaner, you would definitely want to be 100% sure that the item you’re receiving is genuine.
This applies to childcare products too, especially ones that concern infants and toddlers. I’m sure many parents out there would feel more at ease purchasing diapers, toiletries, and milk formulas from brand owners and official retailers, even if it means forking out more money.
Also, let’s not forget that there are scammers who pose as online vendors. You want to be sure that you’re getting what you paid for, not an empty box full of paper.
Why it’s a big deal that leading local and international brands are now on Lazada
This is why I was pleasantly surprised to discover the official stores of The Ordinary, Coach, and Xiaomi during the MCO period. These are some of the new additions in Lazada’s LazMall – where they house all their branded vendors and official retailers of international brands.
You can learn more about LazMall in our TLDR video:
It’s also great to see luxury brands like Furla and Sisley Paris on the platform. Luxury brands are known for being reluctant to be listed on e-commerce platforms because they want to maintain a sense of exclusivity. Being online is the exact opposite, as it makes it much easier for people to find and purchase them.
However, as people start thinking twice about venturing out of their homes, they begin to rely more on e-commerce. Sites like Lazada have also stepped up their game during the MCO period to ensure smooth and contactless delivery, making sure that Malaysians can enjoy a seamless and safe shopping experience.
Hence it’s really encouraging to see leading brands embracing the digital ‘new normal’, and taking steps to make their products easily accessible to all.
Not just about making goods accessible logistically, but price-wise as well
And of course, this means that consumers like me get to take advantage of all the promos and discounts that Lazada is known for giving – such as the upcoming 9.9 Shopping Festival. Lazada recently shared that they’ve just ‘hired’ a Chief Discount Officer to help shoppers find the best deals, and even ‘slash’ prices to bring them lower on livestream.
LazMall guarantees that all products sold are 100% genuine. In the event that you receive one that is non-authentic, you can ask for a refund and get 5x the amount you paid back. There is also a 15-day window for you to return and file for refunds.
Should you be interested to start hunting for some 9.9 deals, here are some of the top Mesti Beli and BE MINE deals from LazMall sellers:
Huawei Matebook D15 – RM2,287
Apple iPhone 11 Pro (512GB) – RM5,699
MamyPoko Air Fit Tape (4 packs) – RM209
Friso Gold Step 3 (triple pack) – RM212.31
Estee Lauder Night Repair set – RM220 (just chup-ed by yours truly, for real)
Laneige Water Sleeping Mask set – RM300
LG UN73 series smart UHD TV (55″) – RM2,749
Furla Metropolis shoulder bag – RM2,100
Thule Outset backpack – RM239
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