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GetGadget Shop vs Kim Store vs Widget City vs Lazada - online gadget store battle

PASIG CITY, Philippines - GetGadget Shop is the name of Powercom's latest project, an online gadget store that aims to build a solid relationship with its customers. GetGadget Shop is headquartered at the Antel Building in Ortigas, where Powercom also holds office.

At a media brunch held earlier this month, Cyrus Cruz from GetGadget Shop explained to the media that they want to establish and maintain good relations with their customer base.

Cyrus Cruz at the launch of GetGadget Shop in Ortigas

Cyrus Cruz at the launch of GetGadget Shop in Ortigas

Cyrus wants GetGadget Shop to be a trusted online retailer for technology products - something that many online sellers - especially individual sellers without a physical business location - struggle to establish.

Stand-out lifestyle product shots a la Everyday Carry

iPad Mini 3 Wifi in 16gb (P17,800), 64gb (P22,000), 128gb (P26,400)

iPad Mini 3 Wifi in 16gb (P17,800), 64gb (P22,000), 128gb (P26,400)

Unlike many online stores that use stock product photos, GetGadget Shop uses unique, professionally styled photos to showcase its products. Drawing inspiration from Everyday Carry, the product gallery look like a Pinterest board.

The quality of the lifestyle shots create added visual interest and showcases the effort and dedication of the GetGadget Shop team.

3-step checkout and competitive pricing

Cruz explained that GetGadget Shop was designed to take only 3 steps from the product page to checkout, echoing Amazon's design philosophy for its storefront.

GetGadget Shop is also competitively priced. To see just how competitive they are, we created a matrix comparing GetGadget Shop's prices against the cheapest, most trusted online stores such as Kim Store, Widget City, and Lazada.

GetGadget Shop vs Kim Store vs Widget City vs Lazada

We took the prices of some of the hottest smartphones and tablets and compared GetGadget Shop against reputable, low cost online gadget stores.

Who is the cheapest of them all? Check out the matrix below. The lowest entries are highlighted for easy reference.

Product GetGadgetShop KimStore Widget City Lazada
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 16GB 35880 35880 35990 34691
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 64GB 40880 40800 40990 38474
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 128GB 44180 44180 44990 45999
Applie iPhone 6 16GB 30380 30380 31290 26999
Applie iPhone 6 64GB 35490 35490 35490 34990
Applie iPhone 6 128GB 38490 34490 38490 40499
Samsung Galaxy S5 4G LTE SM-G900 20500 19580 19580 19499
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 26650 27200 27200 25110
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo 4G 18000 15990 15990 19635
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 21200 21200 21800 21860
Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 I9205 14840 16000 16200 21390
Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 Duos 10180 9980 10980 11206
Sony Xperia Z3 22800 22800 22800 21910
Sony Xperia Z2 16000 17500 17880 17750
Sony Xperia Z Ultra 12980 12180 - 11820
Asus Zenfone 5 6800 6800 6995 6401
Apple iPad mini retina 4G 16GB 22500 19490 24990 23904
Apple iPad mini retina 4G 64GB 30200 30200 37490 -
Apple iPad mini retina 4G 128GB 34200 34200 43490 34985
Apple iPad mini 3 WiFi 16GB 17200 17200 17490 19390
Apple iPad mini 3 WiFi 64GB 22000 22000 22490 22470
Apple iPad mini 3 WiFi 128GB 26400 26400 26990 -
Apple iPad mini 3 4G 16GB 17800 17200 22490 37900
Apple iPad mini 3 4G 64GB 29400 29400 28490 -
Apple iPad mini 3 4G 128GB 32400 32400 33490 -
Apple iPad Air 2 WiFi 16GB 20200 20200 21990 19799
Apple iPad Air 2 WiFi 64GB 25200 25200 26490 29490
Apple iPad Air 2 WiFi 128GB 28200 28200 30990 30870
Go Pro Hero 4 22100 - 22100 18890

Warranty, shipping, and payment

All items purchased at GetGadget Shop come with 1 year service warranty and free shipping within Metro Manila.

GetGadget Shop currently only accepts payment in two modes: bank deposit and cash-on-delivery (COD).

Minor bugs and display issues

The signup page at GetGadget Shop requires at least 2 characters in the last name field

The signup page at GetGadget Shop requires at least 2 characters in the last name field

We did experience some minor issues with the site. For instance, the signup page requires a minimum of two characters for the Last Name field, so Chinese names with only two characters will automatically fail validation.

To resolve this, simply add an extra character in the last name field. Since there are no restrictions, we were able to use an underscore character "_" to pass the minimum character requirement.

GetGadget Shop uses responsive design - notice how the contents flow to accommodate a smaller viewport

GetGadget Shop uses responsive design - notice how the contents flow to accommodate a smaller viewport

There are also minor display issues, such as overlapping in some areas of the website.

We really like that the GetGadget Shop is both minimal and responsive. The content flows to accommodate the size of the viewport window, which is extremely important when surfing on a mobile device.

Product availability

Being a startup the inventory is fairly limited to a few of the best-selling products from Apple, Samsung, Sony, ASUS, and Go Pro. Most of the brands under the Tablets and Accessories section display a "Coming Soon" page. We expect this grow as time goes by, though.

Cyrus told ASTIG.PH that they plan to include locally-crafted products in their accessories section. We got a sample of a leather bag that could fit a laptop. Perhaps it will appear in the accessories section soon.

Conclusion

Overall Kim Store comes out the cheapest with 17 wins, followed closely by GetGadget Shop with 14. Lazada is also impressive with 10 wins. Do note that Lazada is currently holding 3-day sale, so the prices may change after the event.

Not too shabby for startup. We look forward to seeing more competitively-priced products from GoGadget Shop!

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