Home Sonic Appliances Using PLDT in Their Deceitful Marketing Scheme

March 14, 2011 · Filed Under Let's Be Kind to Each Other 

This morning, someone who identified herself as Patricia Aguilar called me through my PLDT

landline number and told me that PLDT is celebrating its 80th or (83rd?) anniversary. Immediately, my mind said “Here’s another marketing scheme.”  The woman didn’t mention Home Sonic in her first statements; she was always talking about PLDT.

Just the other day, someone called me about a FREE health care card from Mastercard, but in the latter part of her spiel, she said I was awarded a 50-percent discount, and that I had to pay ONLY about 6,000 pesos.

Going back to the claimed PLDT promo — I wonder where they get the numbers, and why they know my number is a new subscription. They must be buying these numbers.  I must have put my landline number in a raffle coupon, or an application for something, or a purchase receipt duplicate, or an agent must have made a list.  Cell phone number na nga lang ang isusulat ko sa mga slips kung kelangan — gagasto sila para tawagan ako.

Similar to the spiel of many other marketers, this ‘PLDT’ woman said I was a lucky PLDT subscriber, and that I can claim my rewards from Home Sonic at Metropolis Alabang.  I just need to bring two valid IDs, and my latest PLDT bill.

Of course, most of us know what usually happens when people go to Home Sonic, as told many times over by victims of these schemes. They’re presented with their prizes, but they could not get out of the store with these prizes. They’re pressured to buy costly appliances that are not needed to live. Kelangan ba natin ang massage chair? Ang foot massager? Ang microwave na may radio at orasan? Sa totoo lang, lumalamon ng kuryente ang microwave.

Pero sa galing nilang magsalita, mapapa-believe ka at maiisip mo:

  • Oo nga, kelangan ko ang mga ito.
  • Oo nga, deserve ng family ko ang mga ito.
  • Oo, kawawa naman itong seller na ito, walang kita pag hindi ako bumili.
  • Oo nga, napakamura na nga ito.
  • Oo nga, nakakahiya pag di man lang ako bumili eh may bigay sila sa aking libre.
  • Oo, bibili na ako kasi na-massage na ako nang matagal.
  • Oo, bibilhin ko na kasi kikita naman ako dito pag mabenta ko kay mare/pare.
  • Oo, kasi ang dami na ring bumili, ang daming masaya, ang saya-saya nila.

Shaming or flattering prospective buyers, and making them believe they’re getting the best deals of their lives are techniques that play on human nature, and specifically the respectful, understanding, maawain and gentle nature of many Pinoys.

I would have shamed the Home Sonic ‘PLDT’ caller by telling her how she was deceiving people, but I don’t know why I didn’t.  Siguro nagsawa na ako. O kasi Pinoy nga ako.

Akala ko wala na yong mga ganito. Marami pa rin pala.

Totoo pa rin yong Number 1 sign ng SCAM — TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. Libre at walang bayad? Bakit? Hindi puedeng walang dahilan.  Malaki daw ang kita? Bakit? There’s a reason.

Legitimate promos are well-publicized. Ang mga promos ng mga Legitimate and Big Companies ay well-advertised. Nasa official websites nila, nasa one-page or half-page ads sa newspapers,at announced by reliable TV personalities.

Nakakapanghinayang na merong mga napapabili in CASH ng 25K to 54K ng mga appliances na later they realize are Not Really Needed.  Surf the Internet; nagkalat ang mga complaints from Home Sonic or Greentop victims.

 

Comments

17 Responses to “Home Sonic Appliances Using PLDT in Their Deceitful Marketing Scheme”

  1. risa on February 20th, 2013 6:21 pm

    goshhhhh this is what happen to me few hours ago home sonic inside the mall here in tarlac,,,,while sitting in their chair mas-sager the girl whose beside me ehhh napatingin sa wallet ko while talking ung hand nya nsa wallet ko,inalais ko nman agad ung kamay nya,,pag uwi ko sa bahay wla na yong pera ko buti nlng pera lng hindi nya nakuha ung mga card! just wondering why??? bakit nasa mall parin sila ? alam ko matagal na sila ehhh

  2. Nors on February 20th, 2013 9:36 pm

    Hi risa, sadly, the malls don’t care about the complaints; they’re interested in the rental income.

  3. risa on February 26th, 2013 7:39 am

    Hi Maam Nors,,,tnx for d reply…..so sad nmn Im trying to send message to the metrotown mall tarlac at gaya ng inaasahan ko no replys…..

  4. MHACMYLENE on February 26th, 2013 11:00 pm

    AKO NKABILI AKO NG PRODUCTS NLA PERO HND AKO PINILIT…. ANG TINATAWAG NA SCAM YUNG KINUHANAN KA NG PERA TPOS WALA KANG NAUWING PRODUCTS … ITS JUST ONLY A STRTEGY KUNG PNU SLA BUMENTA KUNG MAINTINDIHAN NTIN MARKETING STRATEGY LNG YAN ANDTI MGA PRODUCTS N BINILI KO SAKANLA MGNDA NAMAN TLGA EHH

  5. Darwin on June 14th, 2013 5:57 pm

    MHACMYLENE marahil empleyada ka ng Home sonic

  6. iamnumber2 on June 19th, 2013 2:55 pm

    DONT FALL INTO THIS BOGUS SCAM! PLEASE LANG.

    WAS A VICTIM ALSO BUTI N LANG I HAVE A PRESENCE OF MIND. NABAWI KO CREDIT CARD KO.

    DAMI CLA GAGAWIN PARA MAGFALL K SA TRICK NILA.

    ME SASAYAW SA HARAP MO, MAG CHEER, KAKAMAYAN K EVERY NOW AND THEN TELLING NA YOUR VERY LUCKY KC NANALO KA! #%@$*_!@$*_!

  7. barbs on June 20th, 2013 12:48 am

    naloko din nila ang dad ko! they told him that what he is getting is really a bargain. even though he only liked the massager. tapus sabi pa everything is worth 55,999 and installment daw for 12 months tru credit card. but when the bill came him, 111,998 pesos! and straight payment pa! they really tricked the old man!

  8. Nors on June 20th, 2013 12:42 pm

    Hi barbs, bawiin nio, lalo na at senior na siya, meron kayong valid case. Merong deceipt. Magdala ka ng kasama nio na matapang at ala-lawyer ang alam at dating, or if you know a helpful lawyer, you can ask help from this lawyer.

  9. Jerry on June 23rd, 2013 10:33 am

    So, what you will suggest for those victim? They have written a promissory note that they will pay that amount for a certain period of time. They might use that as evidence to collect the remaining money if the victim decide not to pay. Is it really need to pay that knowing it is indeed a scam? please advise

  10. Nors on June 24th, 2013 7:03 am

    Hi Jerry, sorry I’m not a lawyer, pero I think if the victim does nothing, the promissory note can be treated as a legal document. Kasi parang tinanggap ng victim na legal yong transaction, na hindi siya na-deceive.
    Dapat bawiin niya ang down payment dahil na-deceive siya, at sabihin niyang isosoli lang niya ang product kapag ibinalik ang down payment niya. Dapat merong mga kasama pag pumunta doon.

  11. changzou on January 6th, 2014 3:02 pm

    ako din nabiktima na din nila ako…HOME SONIC STARMALL EDSA…RECENTLY LANG, Dec.23,2013..hindi ko na maibabalik yung produkto kasi kinabit na ang WATER PURIFIER, sinamahan nila ako sa bahay para sila na mismo ang mag install nun…sabi ko sa kanila kami na ang mag install pilit parin nila ginagawa…siguro inisip nila pag hindi nila ikakabit yun at makapag isip2x na ako at ibabalik ko ang produkto, kaya nila ako sinamahan sa bahay namin mismo…
    Ingat nalang tau next time…lesson learned!!!

  12. ronski.. on January 27th, 2014 1:10 pm

    someone called me that i won an item..so nagulat ako how did she knew my phone nmber..eh ka install lng nun last saturday..binigay nya yun code nmber n proof n makukuha ko yun gift item..magdala daw ako ng 2 valid id’s..sinabi p ang nme nya myleen..curious ako so i decided to check s gooles,so it’s true scam nga..hindi lng pala s pldt pti s globe nrin..kya buti nlng at nag check ako,,kya pls every one check nyo muna bgo kyo pumnta..par hndi kyo mbiktima ng scam..

  13. Nora on January 28th, 2014 2:21 pm

    Hi ronski, thanks for writing about your experience. Yes, we should be wary of deceitful activities.

  14. pRINCESS jane on February 2nd, 2014 3:21 pm

    waLa pong scam sa HomesOnic

  15. pRINCESS jane on February 2nd, 2014 3:24 pm

    may iba poh talagang tao na naninira ng pangaLan ng isang Company…
    bago kayu maniwala sa mga ganyan , , bat d nyu poh muna sguraduhin ng maigi kung tutuo talaga …

  16. Luzviminda Angco on March 28th, 2014 11:00 am

    We also had a call telling us we had won a prize in a raffle from Globe (just taken new landline with them) & we should collect it at Home Sonic Starmall. After 2 hours there & being told how lucky we were we only had to pay P 60900 for all these FREE prizes & we could use a credit card. Luckily my boyfriend realised it was a scam & said no & we left but it was 2 hours completely wasted. This is a scam & should be stopped. Never ever give your credit card to any company you do not trust as they will steal from you. We were lucky as my boyfriend realised what was happening. Please BEWARE of these tricksters.

  17. Nora on March 28th, 2014 12:16 pm

    Hi Luzviminda, yes, it’s good your bf is smart and strong. It’s sad to know that these people are still operating — this means there are still people being conned. Thanks a lot for commenting.

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