Published: May 27, 2020 | Updated: December 22, 2020 | Posted by: Venus Zoleta | Lifestyle
On-demand pabili services are heaven-sent during the community quarantine period when it’s risky and inconvenient to go outdoors. Instead of going outside to buy essentials, you can just stay at home and hire a personal shopper through a pabili service app.
The benefits of using a pabili or personal assistant service are two-fold. You enjoy the convenience of shopping from home and receiving your order on the same day. Riders who have lost their source of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic can support themselves and their families through pabili requests.
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Booking through a pabili service app is very convenient. Here’s how it works:
To protect their riders against fake buyers, couriers set a maximum transaction amount, usually up to PHP 2,000. Also, there’s a maximum size allowed for each order—anything bigger than the standard dimension will not fit in the rider’s motorcycle or bike.
Pabili Service Apps
|Grab Express Pabili||Metro Manila, Bacolod, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Pampanga||Credit/debit card, cash, GrabPay|
|JoyRide Pabili Service||Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Cebu, Rizal||Cash|
|Lalamove Purchase Service||Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal||Cash|
|MOVE IT Pabili Service||Mostly in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal||MOVE IT wallet (for delivery fee payment only) and cash|
|MrSpeedy Pabili Service||Metro Manila||Cash|
|MyKuya App||Metro Manila and select areas in Mega Manila||Cash, credit/debit/prepaid card (Mastercard/Visa), GCash|
Here are on-demand pabili or concierge services you can avail of when you need someone to buy food, groceries, medicine, or anything for you.
GrabExpress Pabili is one of the newest services offered by Grab Philippines. Through this on-demand concierge service, you can book a rider to buy essentials from grocery stores, pharmacies, or nearby stores.
Grab’s Pabili service is different from GrabExpress Instant (for sending or receiving food, documents, and other items), GrabFood (for ordering food from restaurants), and GrabMart (for buying goods from Grab’s partner supermarkets and specialty stores).
The Pabili service is available 24/7, as long as the store is open. However, you can buy from only one store per booking. Your order should not exceed PHP 2,000 and 20 kg. It must also be within the standard GrabExpress dimension of 25 x 32 x 12 cm.
Each GrabExpress Pabili request is processed right after booking confirmation. Advanced booking is not allowed.
Originally launched as a motorcycle ride-hailing app, JoyRide has started offering its pabili service to enable users to book drivers who can buy items for them.
Through the JoyRide app, you can order food, groceries, medicines, and other essentials worth up to PHP 2,000. Prohibited items for pabili requests include high-value gadgets, jewelry, illegal drugs, animals, and explosives.
The maximum weight per transaction is 20 kg and the maximum dimension is 17 x 15 x 10 in. All purchased items via JoyRide are insured up to PHP 2,000.
While Lalamove is well-known for its delivery service, it has also been providing pabili service since 2018 even before the ECQ started.
Lalamove partner drivers can buy food, groceries, clothing, or anything you need (below PHP 2,000 and 20 kg) through the Purchase Service. You can even book a driver to buy a cake and flowers for a special occasion.
Lalamove allows booking in advance for Pabili requests, so you can schedule the delivery at least 30 minutes ahead (when you’re available to receive your order).
The MOVE IT app enables users to book a rider to buy items (worth up to PHP 1,000 per transaction) for them. The maximum dimension allowed for deliveries is 1.6 x 1.25 x 1.6 ft.
For orders over PHP 1,000, customers may use the Roundtrip feature in the app. If you enable Roundtrip, the rider will go to your place first to get the cash before buying your items.
The MOVE IT Pabili Service can be availed anytime as long as the store is open. Bookings are processed immediately, with no option for advanced booking.
MrSpeedy is among the newest same-day delivery service providers in the Philippines. Available 24/7, its Pabili Service can be booked through its mobile app or website. Items purchased through MrSpeedy should be 20 kg or less.
Unlike most pabili services in the Philippines, MrSpeedy allows scheduling order delivery in advance and sending purchased items to multiple addresses in one transaction.
MyKuya is the go-to app for people who need to run various errands because they’re too busy or under home quarantine.
Through the MyKuya app, you can book a personal shopper called Kuya or Ate who will buy items for you and deliver them to your doorstep. You can even request to buy from multiple stores in one booking. MyKuya has partnered with retail giants like SM, Robinsons, and Ayala malls, as well as 100+ establishments, so you have lots of stores to choose from.
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Pabili services make our life easier. Let’s make the job of riders easier, too. Be sure about your order before booking so that you won’t have to change the details or cancel. Provide clear and concise instructions to the rider. When receiving your items, keep a safe distance (at least 1 meter) from the rider. Lastly, don’t forget to give a tip if you’re happy with the pabili service.
Venus is the Head of Content at Moneymax, with 15+ years of experience in digital marketing, corporate communications, PR, and journalism. She invests in stocks, mutual funds, VUL, and Pag-IBIG MP2. Outside of work, she’s crazy about cats and Korean dramas. Follow Venus on LinkedIn.