Where To Buy Cheap Luggage in Bangkok

If you’ve come to this page for information on where to buy cheap (but quality) luggage in Bangkok, then I am sure you’ve also encountered other Google search results about travel forums talking about the same topic. I also know that one of the advice you read from those travel forums mentions MBK as one of those places where you can buy cheap luggage in Bangkok. I did go to MBK my first time here in Bangkok and even though you can haggle with the small store owners, I would not recommend it and I am writing this to give you, readers, another convenient option.

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There is no shortage of buying cheap luggage in Bangkok and hailing from the Philippines myself and once in a while trying to convert my baht into pesos in my head, I have come to know the difference. My first stay in Bangkok was in May this year for two weeks and I arrived here in Nonthaburi (same place I stayed at before) on July 2nd and am about to leave on July 30th, that’s in two days from now.  During these two separate visits, I have bought 2 luggages.

When I tried going to MBK because Caucasian and European travelers alike deemed it as one of the best places to buy cheap luggage in Bangkok, I was questioning myself whether or not it was worth heeding that travel forum advice. Since I stayed in Nonthaburi in May, it was quite a travel by taxi to get to MBK. I had to pay for the toll fee once, which the Grab driver was kind enough to let me know. MBK is huge and I did scout each floors for stores selling luggages and after two hours I was not so impressed. So, yeah, you better think twice about what you read on travel forums these days.

I did find a decent page to buy cheap luggage in Bangkok, though. I tried browsing through Lazada.com’s Thailand page. I already have a Lazada account from the Philippines and I did have to sign up again by using my Google sign-in credentials, too. It was shipped to my apartment within two days and best of all, delivery was free. I bought it for 999 Baht; the ones I found in MBK were around 1500 Baht. I did get a better deal and I did not have to go out, pay for the fare and toll fees because the luggage was delivered right to my doorstep.

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My second luggage purchase from Lazada Thailand was priced at 890 Baht. I bought it just this month. You have to be aware of the dimensions you want in a luggage. The item description in the website is not lacking in that info. And, yes, I also did get it within two days from ordering it at Lazada Thailand’s website.

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If you’re staying more than a week in Bangkok and need to replace your luggage, try to browse through Lazada Thailand. Make sure you tick the option “Ships from Bangkok/Thailand”.

 

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Hello, Yellow Cab & Max’s Group. Will You Ever Reimburse Me?

In two months’ time I will have commemorated my 1 year anniversary of not having been reimbursed by Yellow Cab. Someone once told me no matter how insignificant the amount owed may be, you still have to get back what’s yours.

On August 6, 2016, I ordered via Yellow Cab’s mobile app. An error appeared when I clicked through the payment gateway – it rejected the transaction on the grounds that my card did not have sufficient balance. Well, I checked before I ordered so I was sure I had enough on my reloadable prepaid card (it was the RCBC Mercury Drug MyWallet Visa Card). However, when I checked my balance and transaction history in my RCBC AccessOne mobile app, I saw the amount due for the Yellow Cab order had been deducted.

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I contacted Yellow Cab’s customer support and they sent me a screenshot of their system indicating the transaction I made using the MyWallet Visa card was rejected.

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By September 18, 2016 I had to contact RCBC’s Customer Support because I was still not refunded the amount. October came and RCBC had not replied. If you don’t proactively follow up with them, they’d forget it about it. Out of sight, out of mind.

By October 29, 2016, RCBC’s Customer Support told me that according to their ATM center, they could no longer do a reversal because the amount had already been remitted to the merchant. After that date, all subsequent e-mail exchange had been between Yellow Cab or a representative of the Max’s Group as they are collectively called and I.

On November 1, 2016 I had to send a follow-up e-mail to Max’s Group because my October 29th e-mail was ignored. Jharry from Customer Care replied that they will be coordinating with their merchant bank and that “Rest assured that we are with you in monitoring this concern.”

Silence. On November 17, 2016, I decided to send a follow-up e-mail. No reply. On November 21, 2016, I reiterated my request for an update. NOTHING. On December 2, 2016, I sent an e-mail again. I did get a reply on December 3, 2016 that they have not received a reply from their merchant bank yet. Sure. My December 28, 2016 and January 25, 2017 e-mails were ignored.

Thank you so much, Max’s Group, for ignoring me.

 

 

 

 

GCash Follow-Up E-mail

Although I praise GCash for preoccupying themselves with their customers’ security, I still couldn’t forget how traumatizing it was to experience PayPal to GCash cash-in delays thrice.

On June 8th, I received a follow-up e-mail from GCash regarding the transaction I made on June 7th.

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I replied to the e-mail and informed them I have done withdrawals in small batches for more than three weeks already, pointing out to them that in case the initial $15 does not go through, I only have a measly $15 to dispute with PayPal for 6 days instead of a hefty $278.

I hope my reply put things into perspective for them.

 

Alex Wallet Purchased From Instagram Seller

We all know not only is Instagram a great place for sharing photos but it has also been a burgeoning marketplace mainly because of its straightforward marketing capabilities, rivaling Facebook at that. I have purchased from Instagram resellers for a few years already and with some of the sellers I’ve done repeat purchases. The purchases I made from Instagram sellers were mainly beauty/hair products, smartphone accessories, food products and wallets. It is for the wallet department that I want to raise awareness about so other Instagram users can be made aware.

Sometime in April this year I made a purchase of the popular Alex wallet. It supposedly holds more cards than the regular wallet I had. I had seen the Alex wallet before from Instagram sellers I have followed and after a year it was still being advertised. Determined to purchase the Alex wallet at the time, I painstakingly looked through my backup OneDrive gallery to look for the screenshot I took of a few Philippine resellers who were advertising it. Browsing through hashtags for Alex wallet PH was easier though because the results gave me the updated resellers.

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Transaction was swift and soon I received the Alex wallet I purchased at PhP400. However, I did not even use it for more than a month when I opened the portions with zippers and found that from the inside the thin brown cloth lining it had been torn.

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I finally decided to purchase the card wallet at Daiso Japan two days ago and it holds the same number of cards as the Alex wallet one. For PhP88 it does seem to hold the promise of being more reliable than the Alex wallet which I purchased for almost 4x its price.

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My Experience With PayMaya Plus Upgrade

I signed up for a PayMaya account almost two years ago. There was an Upgrade option right within the PayMaya mobile app and I got the reference number via SMS but had not been able to upgrade then because of the lack of authorized PayMaya centers. At the time I signed up there was no authorized PayMaya center in my hometown and as of this writing there still isn’t one in Cagayan de Oro.

Last year I became aware of the Facebook video call via the PayMaya Official Facebook page. I tried this option with an old account, which I had to bring back to life from deactivation, only to be later disappointed that my Facebook video call request was ignored. I replied to their message via Messenger about the time and date and a month had gone by without any reply from them. Okaayyyyy. They should take out the Cares in PayMaya Cares or whatever. When I had the chance to stop by in Manila for 4 weeks, I found my chance and took care of this PayMaya upgrade business the first few days after my arrival in Manila.

If you browse through the PayMaya website, there’s a link for authorized Bayad Centers that will do the upgrade. Upgrade is free, by the way. I am staying in Las Piñas and this was favourable because there are few Bayad Centers close by. I chose the closest, Puregold Las Piñas.

I wasn’t very familiar with Las Piñas (I only lived in Parañaque a few years in the past but rarely ventured further down the South) and although I easily spotted Puregold Las Piñas, my journey didn’t go as smoothly as I would have liked because of a tiny oversight – I had to be in possession of a filled-up Bayad Center application form. If I had taken the Smart Jump Center route, which was SM Megamall, perhaps I would not be needing the Bayad Center form anymore. I was informed by the Bayad Center attendant in Puregold Las Piñas that I would need to print the Bayad Center upgrade application form and fill it up with the same information I entered in my PayMaya upgrade application online.

It took me 30 minutes of scouting the area outside of Puregold to find an internet cafe which offer printing services. When I went back to submit the form, again, I realised I had overlooked something when the attendant called me about the form I submitted. I did make sure, however, that I don’t get out of the premises without receiving any text message or a call from Bayad Center. The passport number I had entered on the form did not match what I entered on my PayMaya upgrade application. The passport number I submitted years ago expires this month and I have had a new passport since November 2016. My mistake was assuming that I could replace the info because of a mere expiration issue. I was wrong. Expired or not, the same ID indicated during the time one signed up must also be written on the Bayad Center form.

Once I provided the old passport number, I received a text notification within minutes from PayMaya that my account has already been upgraded to PayMaya Plus.

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It was such a relief to be able to see on my PayMaya mobile app that I could send money to my other PayMaya card and/or SmartMoney accounts and even to other KYC’ed GCash accounts as well, which I currently have.

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I did the PayMaya to GCash transfer to test. The transfer came through instantly!

 

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0956 – Not An Existing Globe Number

I have been experiencing the unrecognised 0956 Globe number error message since I purchased the sim late last year. At one point the error revolves around not being able to receive GCash funds when transferring from my GCash AmEx number. The app would prompt something like the number is not an existing Globe number. I bought the Globe 0956 number from a GCash MasterCard kiosk in a Globe Center.

In the Globe Rewards mobile app, I cannot add my Globe 0956 number because, again, the system says I must enter an existing Globe number. Nonetheless, I could send text messages with it, make calls and receive calls with it. To redeem my Globe Rewards points, I would need to dial *143# instead of using the Globe Rewards mobile app.

When Skrill was still partners with Upwork for the latter’s withdrawal options, I would withdraw my Upwork funds to Skrill and within the Skrill mobile app I would withdraw it to my mobile wallet. Mobile wallet withdrawal was instant. Here is a sample video of an error message I would get when choosing my Globe 0956 number under Mobile Wallet to withdraw my Skrill funds to. You can see in the video I had to use my Globe 0995 number, which is my GCash AmEx number, to successfully do a Skrill mobile wallet withdrawal. From the GCash mobile app, I am now able to transfer funds from my GCash AmEx 0995 number to my GCash MasterCard 0956 number.