Shopping site lets you ask nicely

July 12th, 2010 by Sandra Barron

buy me somethingFrom cooking sites to hotel plans just for women, Japanese companies are looking for ways to take advantage of women’s purchasing power.  But a new mobile site Oneda.li is skipping the purse strings altogether and going for the power of the “please.” The online mall is designed to make it easy for a woman to entreat a “lover or close friend” to buy her what she wants. “Onedari” means to wheedle or plead for something. The site seems to be a typical online shopping market, with cosmetics, wallets, golf gear and even body jewelry. Instead of a “buy” button, though, it has an “onedari” function that sends an email request to the lucky guy, telling him what the girl wants. If he agrees to buy it, he clicks through and next thing you know, the delivery guy is ringing her doorbell.

So much out there to buy – hard time keeping track of it all? Check out Shopping Pink, which some of you guys will be disappointed to find out is quite literal – it’s a shopping list, and it’s – get this – pink. Cute fonts, lacy edges, glittery backgrounds. It lets you make shopping lists and cross stuff off as you go. In pink. It pretty much does what the name suggests, and, as several semi-satisfied customers have commented, nothing more. You were expecting . . . what?

Still not sure what to pester the love of your life for? “Handbag inspiration” is as close as Mirror, Mirror Handbag. “It’s just like downloading a handbag encyclopedia and shopping guide,” including a pronunciation guide spoken by “native speakers,” to your Apple mobile device, the copy says. It’s a guide, not a shopping tool, so it only has approximate price ranges. But, then, why would you want to worry your pretty little head about that?

Speaking of wheedling, why not follow Pulse on Twitter, and give our Facebook page a thumbs up? Pleeeeeease?

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  1. Although I admit to being an occasional wheedler/manipulator of the masculine breed for profit, I just have to give up some kudos to the Japanese sistah’s whose greater technological savvy has taken things cutting-edge; batting eyelashes is just sooo last millennium.

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