CATEGORY: ‘Marketman’s “Consumer Reports”’

A Dirty Little Airline Ticketing Secret…

24 Apr, 2015

I was booking a regional Asian ticket on-line on PAL and checking prices over the past three weeks. They definitely fluctuate as the plane starts to fill up, but they don’t head in one direction, meaning they don’t just increase as the time progresses. It’s true they are priciest nearest the flight…

What Does PHP100 ($2.20) Buy You in Manila Markets Today…

01 Feb, 2014

My early morning Saturday market trips are extremely relaxing and while it may seem counter-intuitive, I seem to get “energized” after an hour or so picking out vegetables, fruit and sometimes, seafood as well.

Part III – Credit Card “Overlimit Fees” And Why I think They Should Be BANNED By Philippine Regulators…

23 May, 2011

What is an “Overlimit Fee”?

In the last few years, many (but not all) banks with credit card businesses in the Philippines have introduced “overlimit” fees. Basically, banks set a “credit limit” which is by definition SUPPOSED to be the maximum amount of credit a customer is allowed to avail of, THEN the bank…

Random Outrageous Price Differentials in Manila…

19 May, 2011

Cherries PHP800-1,500 a kilo!

Definitely not a common fruit choice. But every once in a while, I get a hankering for cherries, say once or twice a year, and feel the urge to splurge. So at Divisoria a few days ago (yes, I was there in the sweltering heat buying packaging materials), I…

Marketman’s Credit Card Series 2011, Part II – Credit Limits…

15 May, 2011

The vast majority of the readers of Marketmanila.com have at least one credit card in their wallets. The objectives of the following series of posts on credit cards in the Philippines are simple. To help readers, acquaintances and the public in general understand the local credit card industry a little better. To…

Marketman’s Credit Card Series 2011, Part I – An Industry Overview

06 May, 2011

The vast majority of the readers of Marketmanila.com have at least one credit card in their wallets. The objectives of the following series of posts on credit cards in the Philippines are simple. To help readers, acquaintances and the public in general understand the local credit card industry a little better. To…

How much “Value” in a “Value Meal”???

07 Dec, 2010

I occasionally treat the crew to some fast food… for a change of pace, for convenience, for a treat with MSG :) and all kinds of hard to pronounce ingredients. While we are more likely to opt for fried chicken, spicy at that, we do occasionally go for burgers or even pizza. …

Top 12 Produce Items Purchased by Readers… Want to Compare Your Grocery or Market?

30 Sep, 2010

Okay, based on roughly 80 responses from the previous post asking what Top 10 produce items you purchase at the market/grocery, here is a list of Top 12 items. I stretched the list to 12 as the last two items were reasonably close to #10 and a natural “fall-off” in votes was evident…

 

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