Some things you should know:
- Getting your money back for any purchase just isn't going to happen, even with a receipt. For clothes, some places will exchange a garment for the same in a different size, but don't count on it.
- The process of purchasing something isn't as quick and easy as it is other places around the world, particularly with a credit card. Credit card purchases usually require 2 signatures, sometimes 3. Credit cards are still not accepted at many places in the Philippines, particularly outside of Manila.
- The cashier will always tell you how much they received, or that they received your card - "I receive 100 pesos, mam" or "I receive American Express, mam." The same way they will announce that they are repeating your order at a restaurant - "Mam, I repeat your order.."
- If you by some sort of electronic, they will open the box and plug it in right there before they take payment. This is of course to see/show you that it works - since there are no returns.
- Every store has twice or maybe three times the employees a store would have anywhere else I've visited. For example, I was just at the True Value and there were probably 8 employees just around the batteries/light bulbs area. The batteries are in a locked cabinet, and I had to wait for someone with a key to get me a pack of 4 AAs. It's the same at checkout - there are usually 2 people, one who does the money exchange and the other who bags your purchase.
- You'll find some familiar brand names here - Colgate, Tide, Lysol, Pampers, Glade, Kotex and Dove are a few. I did find Meyers brand at True Value, but because it's an import, it was really, really overpriced.
They do have some of their own unique brands, some of which I find pretty amusing. Check it out!
|Toilet paper, known here as tissue.|
|Also tissue. Of course!|
|Yep, it's magically whitening. Sure it is.|
|Feminine napkins. If my eyes rolled any harder they would fly out of my head. |
Remember: if you ask for a napkin at the dinner table, you may get one of these!
|This makes me giggle.|
|BAHAHAHAHA, because nothing says luxury like "Merica"|
If you're reading this and planning a trip - please feel free to ask questions in the comments!