Wednesday, April 9, 2014
It is a widely acknowledged but rarely stated fact that we, as shoppers like to see and feel things before we invest in them. Don’t we all love our trips to the quintessential Bazaar? We all have fond memories of our trips to Fashion Street, Colaba Causeway, Janpath, DilliHaat& Khan Market.How does one react then, to the fact that e-commerce has entered the playing field? What does one do when buying something online is actually cheaper than walking in to a store? One embraces it of course!
Here’s a fact – As of 2013, more than half of New Zealand’s population is shopping online, says Statistics NZ. In 2012, close to $3bn was generated through online sales alone.
Websites are definitely all around us. New however, are stores on the social media platform – Facebook. It’s wonderful how word-of-mouth and our network of friends are responsible for their credibility – and there’s so much to find if you decide to set out and explore! To start you off, here are a few Facebook initiatives that are worth a look, like and a try –
Tazy Cakes –
This one’s for the jantawith a sweet tooth. Tazy is the maker of yummiest cupcakes that she creates at home on a made-to-order basis. Your wish is her command. A look at her Facebook page tells all of the kind of requests she has entertained and executed beautifully. It’s pretty hard not to order once you visit.
The Chiffon Boutique –
This is probably one of the most popular Facebook stores in New Zealand. 177k likes and still no website! They function amazingly well just out of their one Facebook page. Worth a look if dresses are what you’re after.
The Quirky Elephant –
New kid on the block, this page has just kicked off as a Facebook pop-up store. Though it seems to be just testing waters at the moment, the stuff on offer is very rich and distinctly ethnic. Certainly the place to go to, to add that bit of cool Indian-ness to your outfits. The page looks promising and the quirky elephant logo is very eye-catching, definitely something to keep an eye on considering the festivals will arrive soon.