It seems that everything and everybody’s going online these days. But before today’s independent online stores, virtual boutiques and group discount coupons, there was the Multiply Marketplace.
Multiply has been hugely successful in the Philippines and it’s a living testament to the Filipino’s penchant for entrepreneurship. Long before Facebook, enterprising people utilized the site’s popular Photo Album feature to showcase products and wares that briskly sold to netizens.
You might ask: what’s new with shopping at Multiply? It’s now a fully-functioning e-commerce site! Take a look at what it has to offer now:
88,000 digital stores (and growing!)
open 24/7 (click to buy in the comfort of your own home)
secure payment with BDO Virtual Card, BPI, Paypal and G-Cash.
Buyer Protection Program offered to customers
Choose from 17 categories: Beauty and Fragrances, Baby and Toddler, Clothing, Shoes and Accessories, Collectibles, Computers,
Electronics, Food, Flowers and Gifts, Health and Personal Care, Home and Garden, Jewelry and Watches, Movies, Music and Books, Professional Services, Sports and Outdoors, Toys and Hobbies, Video Games and Everything Else.
During the launch of the all-new Multiply Digital Mall at Gateway in Cubao recently, successful Multiply merchants Alwin Aguirre, Jonie Cheng and Suyen Rivera-Lopez were invited to share their
individual stories and how Multiply helped their business grow.
“When I began, I was hesitant on making a big investment because I wasn’t that familiar yet with the mommy and baby market. Starting with little inventory, I now release two collections a year,” said Jonie Cheng who has been running her digital shop, mamaway.multiply.com for two years now. “Our debts from when we started the business have been cleared and we are on track on getting a bigger return on our investments.”
Alwin Aguirre whose site toughbratbags.multiply.com focuses on customized men’s bags agrees that Multiply has been very profitable source of income. He shared, “Since setting up my business in 2008, I was able to get a regular stream of orders and build a substantial customer base. Because of this, I decided to quit my day job and become a fulltime Multiply merchant.”
Suyen Rivera-Lopez of houseofflair.multiply.com allows people to pre-order the latest products from popular apparel and cosmetics stores in the US without shipping and handling fees since 2009. “I was able to build my brand through Multiply and I feel that my business wouldn’t have done as well if I set up shop elsewhere. My
digital store grew mostly through viral networking and word-of-mouth,” she said.
Multiply raffled off items from their popular digital stores such as bags, shirts, a beauty gift pack, mommy and baby products and a digital camera.
To get started on your very own business or on hunting for the best deals, register at http://multiply.com/user/join.