Thursday, December 11, 2014

Be Aware: The Dirty Tricks of Discounts and Sales

Two weeks before Christmas waves a magic wand over the world, and are you ready to catch the nice gift with a GREAT BIG BANG of SURPRISES?

As we all know that Christmas here in the Philippines becomes commercialized.  Malls, Department Stores and supermarkets have already downsized and discounting more than the usual price just to lure shoppers.


                photo credit: AdamCohn via photopin cc

Shoppers head out and in search with the most lesser discounts this week, and after Christmas expect that there will be a lot of items to be sale in a lower
price for a "CLEARANCE SALE".

Stores will be pulling out the stocks and display it on a deep discount, the only aimed is to draw lots of customers to come and see what's in store for them. But did you know that is their strategy, to lure customers with the lower price?  In many cases, Retail Industry veterans acknowledge that kind of a marketing strategy, those bargains are carefully engineered, just merely illusion.

ILLUSION, to the point you will realize that you really don't get the said "SAVINGS" but get the exact "PRICE" of the item.

How do I know all that?  For almost five years working in a big and known MALL here in our country, I know the common routine when we talk about retailing, selling, and discounting.

To let you understand more about what I am saying, here's how it works: The retailers stock up on goods and then mark down the one that don't sell. But the real deal here is that when the BIG RETAILERS work backward with their suppliers to set a STARTING PRICE that after all the markdowns, they will yield the profit margins they want.


 photo credit: counting chest bullets via photopin cc

This might sound a bit confusing but I really want you to know the dirty tricks discounts and sales giving us as consumers.

Another example: If the supplier sells a BRANDED BLOUSE to a retailer for PHp652.50, the suggested retail price will be PHp2,250, which gives a retailer a mark up price of 70%. Even if they make it lower and mark down the price to PHp2,024.55 and have a bulk sell for a final discount price of PHp989.55, the retailer still produce an average unit retail price of PHp1,260 it still give a store more or less 45% gross margin on the product.  

photo credit: ToGa Wanderings via photopin cc


After Christmas there will be a Year-End or a CLEARANCE SALE and I know everyone is eager to buy good deals and end up into a PURCHASE DISASTER.

When buying BE A SMART SHOPPER never confuse yourself with a DISCOUNT and a SALE. Always get the GOOD DEALS.

What are considered as GOOD DEALS?

  1. OVERSTOCK ITEMS - When we say overstocks they are not the one that don't sell.  They are overstock because they are the excess order from the supplier made by the retailer.  So they need to CLEAR UP their SHOPPING SHELF SPACE for new stock. They are still NEW and in SEALED BOXES. Not opened, returned or used.
  2. SOON-TO-BE-CLEARANCE ITEMS - This is were the consumer benefit.  This is where the retailer misquoted the item in a wrong price. Just for example:  CELLPHONE, GADGETS, or any OLD DISPLAY MODELS the retailer get many stocks of a brand of a mobile not knowing that by next month another new model of cellphone will be introduced in the market. Over order stock on the old model so they will mark down the PRICE in order to sell the newer model when it arrives.
  3. GIFTS RETURN/EXCHANGES - this is not more implemented here in the Philippines, but with the store that I once work with, we do follow DTI policy strictly, we "RETURN and EXCHANGE" items within 7 days with the receipt. That items will be good as brand new and/or sometimes we declare it as sold for CLEARANCE purposes and give a proper discount price for a return item.    

Like me, I am a mother of two and I want to save money just to fit my budget. Though it sound crazy but every time I hear promotion like a SALE or a DISCOUNT I don't get tempted.

I am sharing here a video that applies to all my friends running a business of their own. Entitled: 

"Discounting is for dummies - here's why (and what to do instead)"




Well here you have it, some of the dirty tricks and secrets reveal. My only advice here is to enjoy Christmas Holiday and onward, have fun and eat a hearty meal with your loveones. Don't be so voracious to jump in a whole wide sale without taking a BIG CLOSER look at a potential item!


Merry Christmas to all !!!!!


    

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Kinderfeets Giveaway

A great present gift idea for this Christmas season.

If there is one thing that kids love, it's Christmas and this year is no exception to receive a gift like this, KinderFeets Chalkboard Bike. 




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One lucky winner will win a

Chalkboard Bike

US ONLY
All entries are optional
Dec. 9 to Dec. 23.


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A disclaimer: Non of the participating bloggers is responsible for the prize. Prize will be fulfilled by Neater Feeder. This giveaway is not related to any social media page.



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Monday, December 01, 2014

Federalism in the Philippines

Leaders from different local government agencies, NGO's and private sectors attended the FEDERALISM SUMMIT today, December 1, held at Grand Men Seng Hotel, Davao City.

The event was dubbed as, "MINDANAWONS FORGING UNITY TOWARD A FEDERAL SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT", sounds a bit ambitious but this is what they want to push as an alternative form of government that will help EMERGE and URGE Mindanao political, social, and economic development and to BOOST lasting positive changes in the lives of the Mindanao people and not just Mindanao but also the whole country that will create more positive outcomes in employment and empower.




Everyone is asking about what will happen to Davao City if FEDERALISM push throughFirst let us define, WHAT IS FEDERALISM?


FEDERALISM- a system of government in which a written constitution divides power between a central government and regional or sub-divisional government.

I think Davao City will be called a City State of Davao from the United States of the Philippines? Oh well, just my opinion not sure about the so called Federalism.  All I know is that Federalism will help solve the problem of Mindanao, as I heard from the radio commentator while listening what happened on the summit, he clearly relates that "65% of the so called Mindanao tax income are given to the National Government, and only 12% are returned", what a sad scenario.

Mindanao is known to be the BASKET CAPITAL of the PHILIPPINES  if not given enough care and attention our government will face a starving Philippines. Why I have said that?  Because base on what I see and read, Philippine Politics is compose of a bunch of corrupt people, they are just looking for their own welfare, performing immoral or illegal practices for personal gain and take note without an "APOLOGY", they always DENY and DENY and DENY!

I will not elaborate it, but you know what I mean about the CORRUPT POLITICIAN and this is not new to you and I am pretty sure, you are also tired hearing this.

Going back to the Summit, it is a SUMMIT and you read it right.  This is not campaigning for our Mayor to run for the PRESIDENCY.  NO!  A big NO NO NO.

I am favored for the creation of a strong FEDERAL GOVERNMENT but not to urge my Mayor to run for the highest position.  I respect his statement that, "HE WILL RETIRE and NOT RUN for a HIGHER POST in 2016"

Let's face it, Mayor Duterte is sick and for me I want him to retire with a GOOD NAME with a GOOD LEGACY. The fact that if he enter in a higher post there are so many things to consider, though some of them are POSITIVE but most of it will be NEGATIVE.

Though I am not closing my door, if Mayor says, he will not run - I will not oppose it! And if Mayor change his mind and decide to run - I will respect & support him! 

All I want is to have a leader. A GOOD LEADER to lead us for a FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, someone who has a strong will to govern Federal Philippines. ~ JUST MY SAY. 








What will be the right Federal Government for the Philippines?



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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Get Glued Giveaway

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Get Glued Giveaway

Prize: 1 bottle of Glue by Rusk

Sponsored by: Beauty Care Choices

Hosted by: Heartbeats~ Soul Stains

Thank you to all the bloggers who are helping me to promote this giveaway:

God's Growing Garden, Something to fill the time, Elitemama's Blog & Pal Raine

If you want extra strong, don't move, style to your hair, then Glue by Rusk is perfect. Create your own "stand out in the crowd" style. This is a non-sticky hair glue that adds a flake-free shine. Glue will easily wash off when you shampoo. RUSK® Glue sounds too good to be true, except it’s not. You can read Heartbeats~ Soul Stains review here.

Giveaway will run from 11/24/14 - 11/30/14

Open to US Residents

   
 

Beauty Care Choices is responsible for fulfillment, shipping and all costs associated with this prize.

All information collected is completely confidential and will only be used for contacting the winner and prize fulfillment purposes only. Open to residents of the US, 18 and older. Ends at 1:00AM HST on 11/30/2014. At the conclusion of the giveaway, the winner will be randomly selected and notified via email. The winner will have 24 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is NOT associated or endorsed by Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube or Twitter. 1 Entrant per Household

If you are a brand or company and would like to work with Heartbeats~ Soul Stains please contact us here

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Nordic Naturals #PawsForACause Giveaway


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Nordic Naturals #PawsForACause Giveaway

Prize: 1 winner will receive 1 bottle of Ultimate Omega & 1 bottle of Omega-3 Pet

ARV: $75

Sponsored by: Nordic Naturals

Hosted by: Heartbeats~ Soul Stains

Thank you to all the blogs for helping to promote this giveaway:

Here We Go Again...Ready?, God's Growing Garden, Michigan Saving and More, Tay's Two Cents, Manicures & Extra Sprinkles, SuperMomSurveys, Happy Green Baby, GlamourholicMom, Something to fill the time, Elitemama's Blog, Laurita Always & Hands Full of Life

 

Nordic Naturals is committed to providing the World's safest and most effective Omega Oils. They provide products meeting the needs from prenatal to adult as well as offering their Nordic Pet Collection. You can read Heartbeats~ Soul Stains full review here.

They are also committed to giving back to others. Nordic Naturals is making a huge contribution to Paws for Veterans; an organization that helps veterans and rescues shelter animals. Check out their campaign #PawsForACause and read more about Buy One Bottle, Help Two Heroes here or here.

Giveaway will run from 11/21/14 - 12/12/14

Open to US residents

 
 


  Open to residents of the US, 18 and older. Ends at 11:59PM HST on 12/12/2014. At the conclusion of the giveaway, the winner will be randomly selected and notified via email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is NOT associated or endorsed by Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube or Twitter. 1 Entrant per Household


*Disclaimer: GlamourholicMom is not responsible for prize. 

Nordic Naturals is responsible for fulfillment, shipping and all costs associated with this prize. All information collected is completely confidential and will only be used for contacting the winner and prize fulfillment purposes only. 

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Facebook "Say Thanks" Video

Just this month of November, FACEBOOK announced their Personalized Say Thanks Video. An experimental service for sending personalized video cards, "SAY THANKS" to your Facebook friends.




You can SHARE a SAY THANKS to your PARENTS, your
BEST FRIENDS, your SIGNIFICANT OTHER, a RELATIVE, an OLD FRIEND or anyone who have a significant part in your LIFE.

Here's how it works:

To create a SAY THANKS video, visit facebook.com/thanks

Many options to choose from....

Choose a FRIEND. Then Facebook will generate a PREVIEW of your video.

A THEME: for OLD FRIENDS or FRIENDS




A GREETING and PHOTO to be posted.







Then if your happy with your video, you can SHARE it now with your friend by posting it through your TIMELINE and your friend will be tagged, and it show up on their TIMELINE as well.

Here's my personalized "SAY THANKS" video for my friend Starr J Dust.







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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Breeze with ActivBleach: Removes 1 Million Stains In 1 Wash

I got the privilege to post the PRESS RELEASE of Breeze ActivBleach for their event last September of this year. It happened simultaneously all over the Philippines.


http://www.breeze.com.ph/


Breeze with ActivBleach was developed to all moms who have growing, curious and adventurous kids. It removes intense stains that no other powder detergent can give.

I received a package from STRATWORKS, a package full of BREEZE ACTIVBLEACH products, in exchange for posting their PRESS RELEASE here in my site.




Honestly, we are not using Breeze ActivBleach in our household because in our baranggay Breeze product is always OUT OF STOCK or NOT AVAILABLE in the sari-sari
store. So thanks so much STRATWORKS especially to Ms. Grace Bermejo for giving me the chance to use this product for the FIRST TIME.




Yes, you read it exactly!  It is my first time to use Breeze ActivBleach. 

Using our washing machine, I wash my daughters white uniform. Been a week that I have a problem with her uniform, it has an ink stain at the back of her white polo shirt, she told me her classmate did not notice that her pen is leaking, you know how extremely irritating and frustrating this can be.




Though the stain lightens its color using the other brand of detergent, still when you hang it on a brighter side, you can still see the dark stain on the uniform.

BREEZE ACTIVBLEACH is so promising, it says that by using this product it allows busy moms to spend less time washing clothes. Actually washing clothes is not my favorite things to do, but however with BREEZE ACTIVBLEACH I will make it a try to see for myself if this product really fulfill their PROMISE.

After 1 WASH see the result.......




SATISFACTION at its BEST!  Unbelievable! I attest it really REMOVE STAIN in 1 WASH and it only takes me 1 minute to remove the stain. 

Another thing I experience using Breeze ActivBleach is by hand washing my stuff toys.





If the stuff toy looks delicate, do not wash it in the washing machine.
  


The toys are CLEAN and my HANDS are still SOFT.  Love it! 

We want something that LESSEN our WASH LOAD and at the same time we can SAVE MONEY-WATER CONSUMPTION and the USE of ELECTRICITY.

Now with BREEZE ACTIVBLEACH, choosing a laundry detergent is getting a little easier.  Nothing to worry at all...SIGE SA MANTSA!







  

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

World Toilet Day 2014: a DOMEX Fiesta Way

It's so weird to hear the word toilet, isn't it? Or let me rephrase it, "it is hard to appreciate the important of TOILETS-until you try to imagine a LIFE without them".


World Toilet Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.

Did you know that more people all around the world have a mobile phone than a toilet. According to the research, out of the world's seven billion people, six billion have mobile phones. Only 4.5 billion have the access to toilet, meaning the remaining 2.5 billion people that lives mostly at the rural areas, don't have a proper sanitation. See the picture here? There are many people who are longing to have a clean toilet of their own.


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WORLD TOILET DAY is a UNITED NATION observance, and the highlights of this is to educate people how important is the TOILET to every one.






Clean toilets, germ-free communities

All over the country, people are welcoming the construction of new toilet facilities and the repair of dilapidated ones, since becoming aware of its role in disease prevention, especially among children.

According to the Department of Health, of the estimated 3,420 diarrhea-related deaths among Filipino children under 5 every year, around 2,000 could have been prevented by access to safe water, improved toilet sanitation and personal hygiene.


Here's a video of a Community welcoming the 

arrival of clean toilets in a “Fiesta” scenario.







This video should serve as a wake-up call for most of us. The little things we take for granted, like having a clean toilet, could mean the world to others and could definitely help save lives.~said by Dennis Chua, DOMEX BRAND MANAGER. 


It’s a scene typically played out during fiestas: People rushing to the streets, drawn to the sound of a marching band. Everyone is smiling, eager to see the “star” of the celebration. But instead of showing the face of a movie celebrity, a beauty queen or a politician, the video reveals an unlikely, yet welcome sight—a new, clean toilet facility.


The video aims to make people realize the value of a toilet which most of us, unfortunately, take for granted, said Chua

Aptly titled “Fiesta”, the Domex video, produced by Unilever Philippines, is available on Youtube and shows how underprivileged Filipinos welcome the “arrival” of clean toilet facilities in their communities. 

By watching the ‘Fiesta’ video and asking our friends to watch it, we are not only raising awareness for toilet appreciation and sanitation, more importantly, we are helping less privileged communities gain access to clean toilet facilities, said Benjie Yap, Unilever Foods and Home Care Vice President.

The “Fiesta” video contributes to the efforts of Domex’s One Million Clean Toilets Movement. Each unique view translates into a pledge for the advocacy campaign which collects pledges from households to conscientiously maintain their own hygienic bathrooms. For every pledge received, Domex will donate P5 to UNICEF’s sanitation program, towards improving access to basic sanitation in deprived areas around the world, including the Philippines.

For every view of the said video, counts as a pledge.



So let us help other communities to gain access to a clean toilet facilities today!

Let's save lives together. To make a pledge, please do visit FB PAGE DOMEX 1 MILLION CLEAN TOILET .







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Saturday, November 08, 2014

Manage Your Facebook Without Downloading The Facebook Messenger App

In April 2014, FACEBOOK owner Mark Zuckerberg announced that the FACEBOOK MESSENGER would no longer be available in the main app and that users are need to DOWNLOAD the separate MESSENGER APP for chat functionality.

Here goes the problem, everyone hates the new Facebook Messenger App.  Why? In my case, number one is the LOW in SPACE in my PHONE STORAGE and the insidious privacy permissions that Facebook is doing- the spying and accessing our conversation and reading our private messages.

So far this is the most violation done by FACEBOOK to us, VIOLATING OUR PRIVACY RIGHT.

That is why, I deleted FACEBOOK MESSENGER APP in my mobile.




How did I manage to use the main app with the old version of the Facebook Messenger?



(1) Click the REMIND ME button. It pops out every 2 or 3 times in your Facebook Messenger.



(2) Then after a week, you will see LEARN MORE. Do not click that, instead LOG OUT from your Facebook Main App. Then SIGN IN again. And you will see the old version of the FACEBOOK MESSENGER back again.


There's no need to download the Mobile Facebook Messenger App. I've been using this technique for almost 7 months now since I deleted the Facebook Messenger App in my mobile phone.

Your longing to continue using the old version of the Facebook Messenger, if you want the old version you can follow these steps and this will help you go back to the old messenger.


*If these steps didn't help you reset your password, or no choice you have to deal with the new one.






    

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

TSU: The Modern And Latest Social Network That Gives You Revenue

Tired of posting, sharing, liking, commenting and doing things using FACEBOOK and TWITTER without gaining anything? Actually, there is already a social media site that gives revenue in every original post you do, by liking, and commenting and that is BUBBLEWS. Been here for almost 4 years now and I am grateful to be a member of this site.  

And now it is nice to know that there is a modern and latest social network that gives you revenue and that is 'tsu'.




Why not try tsu, a free network that gives the SOCIAL REVENUES back to you!


I'm certain you feel SICK of Facebook and Twitter the likes of selling out its users and exploiting people who originally create the content that makes them rich. Oh well, if you feel that way we are on the same sentiments.


Tsu is the right place for you to earn and at the same time socialize. There aim is to REWARD its users and own their works.

Everyone is free to join by posting and sharing their thoughts, write original articles, share owned photos/images and with that you will be REWARDED. Got it? If not here's a video that will give you idea about The PHILOSOPHY of TSU.
      


The problem is that you create social content but you get NOTHING. Isn't it so unfair that these social medias USE you? Get your CONTENT and your AUDIENCE that you should OWN IT!

What is the different with TSU compared to the others?

  1. REMOVING ourselves for SIGN-UP process.
  2. Everyone who are already members with TSU has its own MEMBER CODE, this code will be use in order to become a member too.

HOW IT WORKS?

PalRaine-Tsu-Code


By the way tsu is pronounced as 'sue' 

It is very easy to get familiarize with 'Tsu' because its format looks like FACEBOOK.



How to make a great post to boost your ratings.  I will give you a sample here:


Here I post my article from one of my site, the system will automatically post the desired photos from your site and you don't have nothing to worry uploading images, and if you don't like the image you can click the X to remove and move the cursor to your best image.

Another thing that I like about this site is that you can SHARE your site and other social medias.



I know that you are eager to see the analytic side of it. By the way, I only joined yesterday, so expect that I don't have that earnings yet.  But I want to share what I've discovered from the site.




See my PROGRESS? Here it will tell you how many 'tsu' members VIEW your profile, LIKE any of your post and give COMMENTS. You will also see how many FOLLOWERS and FRIENDS you have in your FAMILY TREE.

FAMILY TREE?  What is that? One of the things that you can EARN more REVENUES is to have a BIG NETWORKING FAMILY TREE.



The more you invite, the more chances of GAINING. Once you CLICK MY CODE you are included to my FAMILY TREE basically you are my downline. 

This is not a NETWORKING wherein you are going to sell anything or any products online.

THE Tsu ALGORITHM (taken from Tsu FAQ



Accept Tsu peer-to-peer payments.  What is this?

If you want to to receive any revenue from Tsu, you have to go to your settings, select PRIVACY and CHECK "Accept tsu peer-to-peer payments".





The question here now, if we can get money from Tsu. Let's see because the site is less than a week old. And I am new here also, it's early to tell.

At this stage this site is good.  I love the platform use, very fast, good to the eyes and easy to use.

Nothing to worry because patience is a virtue, right? We will wait for the positive and negative scenario. For now, I love posting my site links here.  This is another opportunity for me as a blogger to SHARE my articles in order to gain views.

*Don't forget to add my CODE: https://www.tsu.co/Pal_Raine




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