If you weren’t aware, S&R is on sale from today, the 12th until the 31st of March. Unlike previous years, where the sale ran just 3, then 5 days with massive markdowns, this extended period special promotions thing is a new approach. Probably meant to avoid the pandemonium wrought by the previous years’ sales, this two week period of markdowns is apparently designed to spread out the mayhem, if any ensues at all. The deals on offer today were few and far between, and no where like previous years. I wasn’t even planning on going, as I thought the lines would be crazy, but we happened to drive by on my way elsewhere and noticed nary a person in line at all. Thinking this odd, I had myself dropped off and went straight into the Bonifacio branch to look around. There were more people than usual at 10 in the morning, but carts were only 3-4 deep at the cash registers, so I thought I would see what was on sale.
Televisions and electronics were on sale, but I didn’t notice any phenomenal deals, and didn’t need any electronics either. Some of the towels were on sale, but not all of them. I got two very thin bath mats for PHP99 a piece, and once home, noticed they had tags for “Best Western” hotels… I wonder if they were overruns or rejects, as I can’t imagine why S&R would be selling Best Western towels. The molcajetes I wrote about here, as I suspected, were marked down PHP200 each, so that is probably really the price they should be at, and I got another one for the beach. Doggie biscuits were on sale marginally, so a bag of those for the chocolate labrador. I noticed stainless steel tables (that I have purchased dozens of before) on sale… but on closer inspection, they were on sale at or near their previous full price. In other words, it seems the price of the new shipment was marked up say PHP1,500 then marked down that amount. So they weren’t a bargain either. I resolved to go through the store and only buy things we normally use, and if they were on sale. So into the cart went some toilet paper and paper towels, I stopped at the institutional sized (25lb) bag of U.S. flour (cheaper than local flour which is ultimately imported) but decided against that, got some canola oil, and that’s about it. I didn’t buy a single thing that wasn’t on sale. I understand that the peso has depreciated 10+% in the past few months, so goods will in fact rise in price in the months ahead, but if you normally head to S&R for whopping deals during their twice annual extravaganza, you may be disappointed this time around.
Correction: It seems this is the pre-sale for the bigger sale… a bit confusing, if you ask me. But thanks for clarifying that, Mike C, see third comment below. I always associated the sales with Sep and March, so it seems the sale period has now been stretched out even further… At any rate, my comments on sale prices up top remain valid.