Pomona, (PressExposure) July 03, 2009 -- Ever tried shopping for groceries then sending it back to the Philippines? Well this kind of practice has been one of the many cultures that defines an OFW or overseas Filipino worker. One of which is the sending of Balikbayan boxes. Balikbayan boxes usually contains several items from clothes, toys, toiletries, to grocery items such as imported beauty products, canned goods, snacks, and most importantly, chocolates. But other than the use of balikbayan boxes, online gift shops such as myAyala have come to provide a way for Filipinos to easily send Philippine groceries [http://www.myayala.com/shop/categs.asp?k=Grocery-philippines&categ_id=667]. So what are the difference of sending Philippine grocery [http://www.myayala.com/shop/categs.asp?k=Grocery-philippines&categ_id=667] through online shops than the use of balikbayan boxes?
When it comes to convenience, online Philippine grocery [http://www.myayala.com/shop/categs.asp?k=Grocery-philippines&categ_id=667] shops such as myAyala provides faster, easier, and convenient way to send groceries back to the Philippines. Sending grocery items through balikbayan boxes is time and effort consuming, as well as slow. Usually, sending balikbayan boxes may take a week or two before arriving. Sending gifts or groceries through use of online gift shops may only take 2-3 business days, usually depending on the location of the recipient.
Other than the time needed before it arrives, balikbayan boxes usually takes time to prepare. An OFW would have to take several trips to grocery stores, toy stores, or gift shops just to get their stuff. Then after this, an OFW would have to make time to arrange this, the papers, and the shipment costs. With online gift shops, an OFW would only have to sit down in front of a computer (connected to the internet) and click on the stuff they want to send to their family and loved ones. The whole process only takes a few minutes or hours of clicking and choosing and registering the address of the recipient.
But other than its good features, online gift shops also have disadvantages. Though convenient, easy, and fast, online stuff are far more expensive than those found on grocery stores, toy stores, or gift shops. This is because some online gift shops puts on additional fees for delivery and tax (though some online shops offer free delivery services). Professionals have stated that online prices are higher because people are aren't only buying their stuff online, but also the convenience they get from online shopping. But even though online shopping is much more expensive than sending in balikbayan boxes, Filipinos have come to use it to quickly and effortlessly send gifts and grocery items back to their family and loved ones back home.