I love how the generation today has it easy. Most especially if you compare it to how things used to work before. You can tell this with the existence of online shopping. Some people don’t see just how much our era has progressed because some things are seen as normal when in fact, if you base it on the past, things have definitely improved. Online shopping is given so little recognition when now that you try to assess things, the world revolves around the internet and the benefits that come along with it. I don’t think people have really grasped the extent of the evolution that has taken place in the past few years. Convenience has been redefined as something people just take for granted than something they can be thankful for. Let me give you a simple overview on just how advance we are now.
It’s simple and basic to some but it didn’t really exist before. Shopping online is a gift. And the delivery that comes along with it, a perk. I bought a blackberry from Lazada PH because I didn’t have the free time then to visit the mall. If before, I didn’t have the option to get it delivered to my place making it essential for me drop by the mall to get something I liked, now I could get it shipped anywhere I wanted. Provinces before were not as privileged as those living in the big city before that they had to ask someone living in Manila to get what they wanted delivered to their place. It was a grueling process. Now, I can just go online and submit a form to get it shipped to me directly regardless of where I live. I would happily spare a few bucks to compensate for the hassle of having to drive to the nearest mall which meant having to dress up when I could just order in my pajamas.
Lazada’s delivery methods are an example to this theory. I call it a theory because I have no legitimate basis but my own assessment. They have three distinct delivery methods: Cash on delivery, Credit Card and 7-eleven. You can choose from three options upon submission of your order. Cash on delivery is actual payment only upon delivery. No down payment required pre-delivery unlike what online stores on Facebook would ask for. Credit card can be used by any VISA or MasterCard holders. 7-eleven refers to selected convenient stores where you’re given a reference number to take note and submit to the cashier upon payment. 7-eleven is the only option that requires a customer to pick up his or her order. One also has to pick it up at the same branch they paid at. Cash on delivery and credit card allows the customer to have their orders directly delivered to them. Certain fees are mandatory if the total amount of purchase is below P 1,000. 00. For purchases under a thousand, P55.00 and P99.00 are added to the order’s total amount when residing within metro manila and outside respectively. These options didn’t exist before but now that majority of online shops offer these, it has been deemed normal.