This Zen-like adage applies very well to Divisoria. That cool blouse you saw yesterday will probably be gone by tomorrow or next week. You’ll be lucky to see the same street vendors in the same place. Even some of the stalls change merchants from time to time. But take heart, there will always be staple goods. When it comes to specific items, stay sharp—you might not see that set of hand towels next week, but there’s a big chance you’ll see them two blocks away with other vendors at maybe 20% less.
Be prepared to get down and dirty
There is a reason why malls charge a lot more for their stuff. You pay for air-conditioning, clean floors, breathable air, and the privilege of not stepping into horse dung. In more exclusive places like Power Plant Mall and The Podium, you even pay for being the only shoppers in the neighborhood. If you want Divi bargains, be prepared to wade through the dirt. Expect to experience all kinds of weather and get jostled and bumped by a stampede in slow motion.
You either know what you want or don’t care Greenhills has toys, computer accessories and jewelers. Cartimar has bikes, exotic pets and pet food. What does Divi have? On the whole, the best items to get from Divisoria are dressmaking goods, disposable clothing, toys, and knick knacks you want to spend a little money on. If you want specific items, go to the specialists. Divisoria is best enjoyed at a leisurely pace, with no personal time limits or obligations. And when you’ve had enough, go home. Forcing yourself to find something specific will not be productive.
You get what you pay for, sometimes even less so Haggling is fun but also necessary, because the profit the vendors make is a lot larger than most people believe. Heck, most of them don’t pay taxes, power, water or other types of overhead so don’t be afraid to haggle for an item. However, don’t expect durability. If you want quality items, go to a decent, reputable mall with decent brands. Divisoria is for three kinds of things: things needed to build stuff from scratch, things that aren’t important but are enjoyable to have, and bargain items. Be very careful when buying the third type and know the difference between low quality and the good stuff.
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Divisoria Shoppers' Guide: Exploring the Malls (Part 3 of 5)
Divisoria Shoppers' Guide: Exploring the Markets (Part 4 of 5)
Divisoria Shoppers' Guide: Exploring the Streets (Part 5 of 5)