Yes, you read that right! Onions in the Philippines have become so valuable that you can use them to pay for goods.
Japan Home Centre, a popular discount store that offers Japan-made home products at super low prices, is having a one-day promo on February 4, 2023, where they will accept onions as payment for their selected items in one of their branches.
What you need to know about this 'cashless transaction'
Before you rush into the Japan Home Centre near you with your most coveted bag of onions from your counter, here are some reminders:
Can I bring a kilo of onions?
Take note of this conversion rate: one onion = one item. Each customer is allowed to have up to three item purchases only.
Can I go to the branch near me?
No. This promo is only available on February 4, 2023, from 9 A.M. to 8 P.M. in the Japan Home Centre Panay Branch, located at 84 Panay Avenue, Quezon City near Victoria Towers. It's their largest branch nationwide.
What size of onion is acceptable?
This is the question of most netizens, but according to their staff, any size of onion is okay, as long as it is whole and doesn't have leaves. Just bring three pieces, unless you have a companion.
Why are they doing this? Are we going back to ancient times?
According to the store, they will use the collected onions in their community pantry.
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What can I buy with my precious onion?
The discount store is popular for its Japan-made household items that are priced at Php 88.00 and below. You have a wide selection of items - from kitchen tools to organizers to food - that you can buy with your three onions, so make sure to bring some cash too!
Here are some of the home items that you can buy with your onions, and also buy online, if you don't want to give away your precious onions!
1. Izumi 3-layer Drawer P66.00
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