A good number of Filipinos nowadays turn to the internet for extra source of income, one of which is selling goods online. And what’s the most easiest way to sell your stuff? Either post it on TipidPC, Sulit, Ebay.PH, or have your own online store. You can hire somebody to create your own store or look for free alternatives and the most popular is Multiply.
The problem with Multiply is that it’s cumbersome to create galleries and upload items and manage it. You can opt for the real storefront service from Multiply but that thing is not free. You want a real storefront because it’s easier for your potential customers to browse and transact and to be seen with other stores.
Now have you heard of SkyyShop? It is a FREE Facebook application which you use on your Facebook page in order for it to have a real online shop. It’s very easy to set up and will give you a kick ass e-commerce solution with all the bells and whistles in no time. Keep track of your inventory? Check. Perform sitewide or category-wide discount? Check. FB alerts for orders? Check. Transaction history? Yep! Payment via Paypal? Sure can! Secure checkout? Check. And get this, if you already have a Multiply shop, you can easily import all your photos into your SkyyShop! You don’t have to be a whiz to have your own working online store.
Since it’s also a Facebook app, we all know how Facebook rocks when it comes to promoting things. SkyyShop is tightly integrated with Facebook which allows your customers to easily share your store or each item you are selling, commenting is also possible for each items and is done via Facebook and you can even inform all your page/store fans of new items or announcements.
So why is this thing free? There should be a catch. Well in a way there is but it’s totally optional. SkyyShop is being run by SkyyServices and they’re pushing their payment gateway called SkyyPay. When you subscribe to SkyyPay, your shop will have the ability to accept more payment options (7-Eleven, Smart Money, M.Lhuillier, BDO, BPI, BancNet, Metrobank) instead of just PayPal and whatever C.O.D or bank transfer arrangement you have. It does come with a one time fee of Php2,500 though and will require a small percentage of your sales (which you can have your customers shoulder). If you haven’t heard of SkyyServices yet, it’s because they usually deal with high-profile private clients. It’s just now that they decided to reach out to the mainstream market to compete with other local online payment gateways such as Mozcom’s DragonPay and CashSense.
For more traditional sellers, PayPal is ok and just put the usual transaction and shipping arrangement in your Terms and Policy page. However, having SkyyPay will raise your store to the next level since it will cater to more mature online shoppers out there including international customers.
Oh yeah, you also get free support for your shop in case you run into any problem. I didn’t. I tried setting up my own Facebook shop and the steps were easy to follow. Do try it out if you plan to sell your stuff in Facebook. Visit their site at http://portal.skyyshop.com/ to know more about the app.