Divisoria: Philippines

Philippines
May 1, 2009 6:34am CST
Have you been in Divisoria? I've been on that place several times but I just enjoyed it last Wednesday. I was with my uncle who is a businessman, who is a homosexual and a designer. She bought a lot of textile for his gowns and under clothing when wearing barong. She really have a talent of asking for a lower price as possible in a perfect and in a nice way. All I did was to smile and adore her. She invest a lot of things through that business and she maximize the time and effort every time she went to divisoria. She really is a businesswoman. Another thing I noticed on that place was most of the owner are Chinesse and they really are good as well.
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17 responses
• Philippines
2 May 09
Divisoria is really noted as the most affordable place to shop, but in my own opinion, I think I would prefer shopping to those firms who are more trusted than the former, because I'm always after the quality of a product, does not necessarily matter how much it would cost as long as you'll use it for years. And by the way, I've noticed that Divisoria is not crowded only during holy week.
• Philippines
3 May 09
Could be worse. There are lots of pickpockets in there. It's also a highly dangerous place. You're never sure of anyone there anymore.
• Philippines
16 May 09
I respect that. Thank you for sharing...
@ratyz5 (7836)
• Philippines
2 May 09
Whenever I hear 'Divisoria' I would always think that I would like to go there if I have a lot of money as I would really like to go there and actually buy all the things that I really need. We all know that we can ask for a much lesser price than of what they are offering and if you are indeed good with bargaining, you can actually save a lot. You have to be very good at checking the merchendise too. From clothing to electronic gadgets and down to house hold items that you think you would hardly think being sold, you can find them there. It would be also nice if you become familiar with some of the store owners as they might even give you discounts as well as those that you refer to their shop (^_^ )
• Philippines
16 May 09
you have to be really keen observer on that place from your belongings to the items you'll love to buy. Thank you for sharing...
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@ratyz5 (7836)
• Philippines
16 May 09
Your very much welcome (^_^ )
@jayrene (2716)
• Philippines
1 May 09
oh yes! i love that place! we go there every year, december... we are far from that place you know. if i live in metro manila i wouldve probably be going there every month. i've been to divisoria many times already. when i was younger, me and my mom sells fruits, and its there that we buy all our goods very early in the morning. i dont get tired walking there, even if i walk the whole day, i never get tired there, i know some of the places where to buy the cheapest, those goods that are sold by vendors at the street, i know where they buy it, it's also there, they buy it at wholesale price which is very very low and sell it at the streets, but it is still cheap when you buy from these vendors. although now there are a lot more places where we can buy goods as cheap as divisoria's, i still love to go there... yeah i agree it's mostly chinese... even in baclaran, carriedo... all you will see are chines businessmen/women. they are all over the place. it just makes me wonder, do they pay taxes? hhhmmmm... i heard some of them are illegal aliens, no offense meant chinese here, but its in the news.
• Philippines
16 May 09
Yes, you are right but not all, right? There were some news that some of their products seems like disposable. Well, I think that's the consequence of buying a cheap item, right. It's good to here that you love walking around divisoria. I could say that it is a great place to shop.
@jayrene (2716)
• Philippines
16 May 09
yes some of them are disposable... and because they are cheap they get easily broken, especially those toys. but there are many products there too that are really good, and they are very affordable... all you have to do is to hunt for it, you have to really look where those good cheap products are sold... that's why i like walking there, i am able to canvass for prices and product quality, compare them before buying.
@bdayboy09 (153)
• Philippines
3 May 09
I really don't like going in there. Granted, prices are uber cheap. But seriously... the quality of the goods there sucks. Plus, most of the products in there, especially gadgets, are fakes. I'd just save some hard-earned cash for genuine products that will surely live up to the price than buy cheap ones that give short-lived results.
• Philippines
16 May 09
I respect that. Thank you for sharing.
@Yori88 (1469)
• Philippines
2 May 09
Yes I have also noticed that in Divisoria most of the business owners were either Chinese or Muslims. I like the way they sell their goods because most were really affordable and of good quality. That is the place were all commodities met and they are at their factory prices. So I guess it is worth going to Divisoria and buying things in bulk so that you can get even more and bigger discounts. I love going there because there are a lot of choices. The only thing I hate in that place is that there are also lots of bad people and snatchers. We just need to be very careful when going in that place so we can enjoy and not become victims.
• Philippines
16 May 09
I think the authorities already know who are the snatchers on that place. May be they have some part of the money.. Thank you for sharing.
• Philippines
2 May 09
Yup! I've been there a couple of times. But I don't have the time to visit there again. Though it is a place to buy things at much lower price, it is also a place where pick pockets reside.
• Philippines
16 May 09
Thank you for sharing..
• Philippines
2 May 09
Divisoria is definitely a good place for buying stuff and things you need coz it's a place where you can haggle for a lower price and so many different options to choose from. But first timers need to be more careful and watch their stuff coz it's also a place for pick pockets and snatchers.
• Philippines
16 May 09
Yes you are right. Thank you for sharing...
@bing28 (3801)
• Philippines
2 May 09
If you want more savings, go to Divisoria, but expect for the crowd and a heavy traffic. Sometimes, you have to walk several meters anyway, you'll enjoy however, seeing all the goods being sold as you pass by every stall. Yes maybe there are pickpockets, you just have to take care of your money but for me so far, though I've gone there several times, I didn't experience such acts, just a matter of not being showy of your money or tempting them to do such. On Christmas time and other occassion or near opening of classes, you can hardly walk at the street or the sidewalks due to huge crowd but during ordinary days, quite alright.
• Philippines
16 May 09
very well said. Thank you for sharing...
• Philippines
2 May 09
I like Divisoria as it offers a lot of products and its good if you are going to buy things in bulk to avail of big discounts. If you are buying shoes, bags and clothes... I would advice you to go to Quiapo instead. Divisoria has become so popular that their merchandise has high prices, I asked the price of a dress before and its almost the same price in a boutique in Glorietta! The bag that I bought lately in Tutuban Center Mall which I bargained for PHP250 (regular price was PHP280) is only PHP180 in Quiapo!
• Philippines
16 May 09
Prices in tutuban mall really are much higher than the other store. You do some kind of canvassing and you'll enjoy it. Try 168 mall, there are lots of items there.
@agv0419 (3033)
• Philippines
1 May 09
I'm never been there but my mother and sisters does last Christmas. You can buy cheap clothes and everything but it must be in a big volume. My mother told the chinese dominates the business there. For me if you want to buy a retail go to Baclaran it is near than Divisoria. We know that it is crisis so we need to be more practical. Chinese are very good businessman and some are rich already here in the Philippines.
• Philippines
16 May 09
Big volume means on a wholesale, right? Yes you have to buy more that a dozen to have the wholesale price. n Thank you for sharing.
• Philippines
1 May 09
I've been to Divisoria a few times. I usually go there to buy presents to be given away for Christmas. I shop at Divisoria because the place have great steals and bargains! Though sometimes I hate the place when it's crowded, still, it's all worth the stuff you buy cause you save so much dough with so many great stuff! I guess is going to be my routine before the Holiday Season to shop at Divisoria!
• Philippines
16 May 09
Yes you are perfectly right. My uncle really raise his income for he bought his raw materials from textiles for wedding gowns and beads for designs to souviener. it is a perfect place.
• Philippines
1 May 09
you know what?, i been there last year, honestly speaking, it was my first time to go there just to buy some accessories, ,its cool for me to went there though its to far, there's a lot of things you can buy there in affordable price, there's no place will be like the same as divisoria with their affordable prices..
• Philippines
16 May 09
Thank you for sharing. I would like to remind you that you should really take good care of belongings when you go there. Be careful.
• Philippines
1 May 09
For me if I want to shop for Christmas gifts I go to Divisoria. I would still stick to my budget and at the same time if I go around I can find best buy stuffs in Divisoria. I also go there and buy as many textiles my money can afford so I can and have it taken to my dress maker for new set of dresses, blouse, slacks. I want my clothes to be tailored fit for me and I would also be wearing my designs.
• Philippines
16 May 09
It's nice to here that you shop textiles on divisoria. Are you a designer?
@eichs1 (1935)
• Philippines
1 May 09
I'll be in Divisoria later this month to buy some school supplies for my nieces and nephews. It is much cheaper buying goods there than anywhere else in the Metro. (Except maybe if you are directly buying from the producers.) You can maximize the discounts there if you will buy by bulk. One has to be extra-cautious though when buying in Divisoria. Pickpockets and snatchers roam the area taking advantage of the crowding and busyness of the people. It is also advisable not to wear jewelries, expensive watches and mobile phones there. And as much as possible, always bring someone with you to be guarding you while buying.
• Philippines
16 May 09
Another school year and I am sure that most parents will find their way to have their kids new bags, notebooks, pencils, ball pens, shoes, uniforms and divisoria is a perfect place to buy all those items with budgeted allowance and everything will be bought.
• Philippines
1 May 09
Hi there. Divisoria is definitely the place to go to when you're on a tight budget and are really good at haggling. I usually went there with my friends in college during the gift-giving season (e.g. Christmas). Of course, you have to put up with the crowds and be alert for pickpockets and stuff but if you manage to get a hang of it, Divisoria is really bargain shoppers' paradise. And yes, I do understand how awe-inspiring it is to watch master hagglers in action.
• Philippines
1 May 09
lol. I've learned two new words from you. Pick pockets and hagglers. Thank you for sharing.
• Philippines
3 Jun 09
I have been to Divisoria last December where I bought clothes for myself and my mother. It was a really great place to buy stuff because of the prices and you can choose from many clothes or other stuffs you want to buy. You can also haggle and buy wholesale. I hope to go back there sometime soon because I want to buy stuff there because of the prices. And yes, most are owned by Chinese but they are good :)
@gracie04 (4556)
• Philippines
1 May 09
Yes, I have been to Divisoria a few times already.. i have enjoyed shopping so much as prices are way cheaper than those you can find at shopping malls.. plus, some products are truly unique, you can't find them on ordinary stores/boutiques.. My hubby is good at haggling.. He always asks for a lower price and the seller usually gives it at our requested price, cool! Most stalls in Divisoria are owned/operated by Chinese people and that shows how good Chinese people are in business..