Odd Trends In Malaysia’s Tech World
Who doesn’t love to shop right? It’s so easy to do that in today’s world where there’s plenty of platforms to go by. That being said, you might have noticed some of the odd trends that Malaysians face in shopping. Since we are all about tech, let’s check out some of the things that you may (and probably) have faced when you’re buying from the tech world.
Odd Malaysian trend in the tech world
Listed item with no price
Don’t you just hate it when you’re on Facebook and you see someone posting up an item that’s up for sale but fail to mention on how much it actually is? Even more so that they will end up telling you to personally message them for more details on the price, which to be honest should be put in the first place.
Adding to that issue, sometimes they’d just put RM1 or RM123 as the price, which isn’t telling the truth. It is actually against the law if sellers fail to put up the price of products. I’m not a lawyer by any means but you can check up the Consumer Protection (Electronic Trade Transactions) Regulations 2021 act.
Listed product with price, still asks for “PM”
Here’s the opposite side of things from the previous point: the seller has admirably put on the price and mentioned all the details of the product, yet some of the viewers simply ask the seller to PM (private message) them for things that has been revealed. Come on people, the details are already there for you to read. It’s not fair to take only ones side point of view. See people, we are unprejudiced.
Too good to be true product listing but no action taken
We Malaysians sure do love us some good deals and cheaper prices. That being said, if you see a product that’s listed on platforms such as Lazada and Shopee at insanely cheap prices, they’re probably too good to be true. We’ve seen it happen before, shoppers get baited by the low prices and the scammers end up getting their money. Of course we wouldn’t want them to go on freely in tricking people and they deserve to be punished, but it seems there’s no actions taken..
If you ever find yourself in a situation like this, you might want to check our previous article on how you can lodge a report right here.
“No money, don’t talk” mentality
Ever encountered a species that jacks up the price of products just because they know the stocks are limited? Of course you have. They are indeed the ‘scalpers’ and are the scourge for consumers everywhere in the globe.
Basically since they know that what they have is rare in a sense, they are willing to put the prices up to only those who can afford. When the rest of interested buyers see this, of course they would raise their voice in protest (who wouldn’t, right?). This then gets retaliated with the idea of if you don’t have the money to buy it at increased price, just stay quiet. Even more so annoying is when you find someone who backs up the seller in this scenario. Shame, just shame.
Biggest sale but best offer is just free shipping
Again, Malaysians do love deals when they shop. When online shopping platforms promises “the biggest shopping sale!” to you, you’d expect that there’s huge discounts and promos up for grabs. So it’s sad to see that the only ‘offer’ is just free shipping. Yes, it saves you in a sense, but we’d definitely expect more for “biggest sale”.
Sure, there are some proper discounted items, let’s not deny that but most of the time, it’s just free shipping to enjoy.
Product reviews just to get the coins/rewards
One of the things we do to see if a product is legit or any good is by checking the reviews. As you may know, they have a specific section for that on ecommerce stores and that’s fine. The problem with that is that some of them aren’t useful at all. Like in the case of the picture above, that is a review for a smartphone.
Most of the times you can see unrelated pictures or people just typing out words, even repetitively, like someone who was writing for a school essay to get those minimum word requirements accomplished.
So that sums up some of the odd trends when it comes to Malaysia’s tech shopping trend. Know one that’s not on the list? Feel free to comment and let us know your thoughts down below or even on our Facebook page!