Home Sonic Appliances Using PLDT in Their Deceitful Marketing Scheme

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.

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  1. hala ganyan din nangyari skin ngaun..may babaeng tumawag skin nagpakilalang c Evelyn Palma ang sabi nanalo daw ang landline globe nmin sa eletronics raffle nila.ang sabi isa daw ang no. nmin sa mapalad na nabunot.nagbigay cya ng claiming code at claim ko ung prize ko sa michikawa olivares,magdala lng daw ng valid id,at maclaim ko ung prize ko na electronics gadgets or health advantage.wala daw babayaran.tas tinanong ako kng wat name ko,kaya natunugan ko na parang may something..kaya un nagsearch ako agad..tnx God.buti na lng nakita ko ung page nato at mga comments nyo.

  2. Helo po..ung kabayan account q po almost a year n hindi nadeposituhan taz ngaun po balak q xa gmitin niregstr q po xa s ebanking ng bdo taz inactivate q po xa using my kabayan atm taz diretso balance inquiry n po taz nkpg inquire nmn po aq 20pesos mhigit po ang remaining balance..taz nung nagtry n po aq mgcheck s ebanking ang sinasabi po inactive account dw po..patulong nmn po..nkpg balance inquiry nmn po aq..slmt po sna po mtulungan nyu po aq..

  3. ok same here, a while ago, a woman called me and introduced herself as from pldt and told me I won. She asked me if someone has already called me about my prize from pldft. for others’ sake, she said she was nikki dela cruz [not real name] control number e0185c [ that’s not your code ] that’s code for nikki dela cruz so the sales man will know who called

  4. (We translated to comply with certain blog policies) It’s ok I experienced this. I went to where they told me to go. I was given ehappy card with 2 yrs free cable worth 7,000+. Then they had me pick a lottery, as it’s their anniversary. I got 2k but you can use it only with them when you buy their product or item worth 61,000+ plus 5 items free, 100,000+ in total, if you avail of the 61k product + 2 item, paying in cash on that day. abigail lorente is the name of the supervisor who assisted me at home sonic star mall, edsa. so I got the # of the one who assisted me because I triled to call ehappy card but can’t use it even if I follow the procedures. the shows there are all chinese. so the ehappy card was useless. the no. is out of coverage area. HOME SONIC STAR MALL BRANCH, no wonder your place there is hard to find. you need to ask the guard where home sonic is.

  5. GOOD DAY sa lahat, gusto ko lang po makatulong at gusto ko din maisara na tong kompanya na pag aari ng foreigner, dito sila nagpapayaman satin gamit ang ganitong pamamaraan ng pagbebenta na kung saan kalokohan o panloloko ng mga tao, sa mga gusto po mabawi ang pera nyo punta po kayo sa D.T.I. main office cgurado po maibabalik ang pera nyo,

  6. too late ng nabasa ko ito. i was also a victim just yesterday when i went to strarmall with my son……

  7. Last night galing kami ng misis ko ng Batangas, dumaan kami ng STARMALL Alabang for some personal necessities sinalubong ako ng isang PROMO DIZER ng Home Sonic, Anniversary daw kc nila kaya meron sila pa raffle, “congratz nakakuha ako ng 2,000 gift certificate. + daming items massage chairs, energy cooker at marami pa… kaso nag pina ka gusto ko lang doon na item is multi rice cooker worth ng 5,900. kaso ininipilit nila sa akin ang enery server na lutuan, worth nang 86,900. less daw yong 2,000 gift certificate bali 84,900 nalang gusto nila magbayad ako ng 22k at a time para maiuwi ko kung energy cook server. wala nga po ako ganun kalaking halaga. until we end the point na kahit 5k nalang daw. para matapus na ang usapan at ma closed na ang deal. binigyan ko ng 5k at dala ko na yong multi rice cooker ayaw pa nga sana nila ipadala kc ang binibigay yong massager ng hair na worth 9,900. sabi ko di bali nalang na yong multi purpose rice cooker kasi kami naman ni misis dalawa ang makinabang. sa mga makabasa sa page na ito. bago mag decision, sana pag isipan ng maraming beses. na kung meron mag offer ng mga product be sure na makapakinabangan. hinde yong pagakgtapus mong mabili saka mo pa lang maisipan na di pala primary needs. THANK YOU

  8. Hi arman, thanks a lot for taking the time to share your experience. Yes, you’re right, we should be wiser in dealing with shrewd and wily salespeople.

  9. The same with me, someone called and was told it was the anniversary of home sonic. I was advised to collect my gift. I told them I don’t remember any transaction with them. I asked them if it’s “magic” that they’ll just give me a gift without any money involved? good I first researched on the internet.

  10. Hi alice, thanks for sharing your experience. Great that you made a wise decision and that you researched.

  11. Buti na lang nag-search aq after tumawag nung babae from PLDT daw xa. Her name is SIA SALVADOR, anytime daw pwede ko i-claim ung prize q basta punta lang aq sa Starmall.. she gave me this claiming code 2015BERT..haha..bwisit na yun..papagudin pa pala aq kung sakaling pupunta aq dun. 832-0011 yan daw tawagan q kapag nagka-problema aq when claiming my prize..

  12. hey Guyz, same with me a certain Darlene Lopez called me, and surprisingly told me that i was one of the 20 lucky Pldt subscriber won thru electronic raffle made, they said i won a 2 years free internet card, and all I have to do to needed to claim that prize is to bring one valid ID and visit their redemption center located in Starmall Crossing the Homesonic… good that I research on the internet before become one of the Victim of their SCAM… Thanks for this Awareness!

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