You may have heard of Shein. I personally just learned about this from my wife recently. It’s becoming popular among Instagram and other social media. You would see women of all sizes endorse it and the prices often are affordable.
What is Shein?
Shein is a fashion brand from Nanjing, China, and is gaining popularity mainly with teens. Leveraging online social media channels like Instagram and gaining online influencers, they’ve steadily beat more established brands when it comes to online shopping.
What are the main differentiators of Shein from other brands?
Shein does not have physical stores. Usually, they build pop-up stores in big markets like the US, but for other countries like the Philippines, they can only stick to e-commerce. As a consequence, they can make their products cheaper, but not skimp too much on quality. Looking at the actual product, the quality is comparable to known brands like Zara or Forever 21.
Another thing that stands out is the variety of products. They are not only focused on normal-sized women but also on curvy women as well. Shein is a really good resource for those who are looking for plus-sized fashion options. Typically, if you’re plus-sized, you can be hesitant to buy clothes online because you don’t know if the clothes would fit. Also, choices are generally limited because of sizing differences between brands.
If you’re not looking for curvy and normal-sized women’s clothes, there are also men’s wear and kids’ clothes as well. Look enough and there are also accessories, bags, pet supplies, home trinkets.
Detailed descriptions, multiple product reviews, and accurate sizing charts are some ways how Shein distinguishes itself from other sellers. These are especially helpful in lessening returns and giving more power to the customer.
How was the product I ordered?
My wife bought a couple of clothes, not everything fit perfectly due to us not having a tape measure when she ordered. However, it wasn’t a deal-breaker as the designs were really high quality.
One of the dresses she was able to get at 70% off due to a limited flash sale. Currently, the item is back at the normal price.
How long does Shein ship the products to the Philippines?
Shein commits 7-14 days shipping time. In our experience, we received our package 7 days after ordering. Shipping fees are waived after a certain amount, usually for more than Php 1000 worth of orders.
Does Shein have a return policy?
Yes, essentially you need to return the product with the packaging and send it at your own cost.
How do I pay using GCash?
First, you should have funds in your GCash account. There are multiple ways to cash in to be able to fund your wallet.
Similar to most online stores, at checkout you can select which payment method you want to use. Cash on delivery is also supported, however, if you use any other payment method like GCash, you will be able to get a discount depending on the amount. Previously, they offered a 10% discount using GCash, but now it’s not as high anymore.
As an alternative, you can transfer your cash to Grab or to Paymaya via Bank Transfer first and pay using those, but keep in mind that the Instapay Bank Transfer from GCash costs Php 15 per transfer. You can factor that into your payment as a whole, especially if you are planning a big purchase.
In the example below, the total amount is Php 1836 but I was able to get a 10% discount via GCash, and the final discounted price became Php 1651.
Regarding paying using GCash itself, it follows the same method as with online payments. You need to input your mobile number, then verify using OTP and your MPIN to be able to confirm the payment.
Can I use GCredit in paying?
Currently, GCredit in online payments is not supported for Alipay+GCash.
How can I get vouchers and deals when paying using GCash?
Shein typically has vouchers and coupons depending on availability.
For example, you can get vouchers for using GCash — 5% off, capped at Php 80 for new users and Php 50 for existing ones. On top of this, you can use different deal coupons and vouchers (i.e., during the monthly X/X sales — 3/3, 4/4, etc). You can generally mix and match different vouchers and coupons to get a better deal.
We talked about Shein, a fast-growing online-only shop mainly catering to women both normal and plus-sized. We also talked about how buying using GCash can also provide discounts, depending on availability.
If you’d like to learn more about GCash, I created a how-to on the basics of GCash.
Here is a list of links if you’re interested in the main GCash features: