There is always a connotation that buying in malls is never practical…here are several reasons why I doubt it.
When malls have” SALE”, they mark-down their merchandise almost half the price - the quality is still there, sometimes the reason is just inventory related (no sizes in clothes, last pair in shoes) or end-of-season. Although most of the cases the discount ranges from 10-25 % off, better take this opportunity when there is a NEED to buy that something that is a bit pricey undiscounted. True that you can bargain prices with the sellers in the market but it will never be as big as what is offered in malls. My tip, buy off-season items (IF you have extra) and just keep it till that same season comes around, you will notice you bought it almost half the price by then!
Malls also have their “Buy one, take one” promos, I got most of my curtains this way – the elegance of the “ring” element is just so appealing to me. What I notice is that, most of the curtains sold this way is that they are in bulk, that maybe means customers never find the color or plain design being a good buy. How you can take advantage of that? The solution for dull-looking draperies is combining – try pairing light and dark color or one color each for a four-panel window see how it perks-up the wall. This also gives you freedom to buy on your budget. Buy only a set of the promo if your budget allows you just one for extra expenses, then come back some time for the other colors.
Malls give back to their customers by having “raffle” promos every occasion – that is not gambling because you did not buy the ticket, it was just given to you as a “token of appreciation” for patronizing them – it is just that they can not give all the customers a wonderful gift that would be memorable and exciting – they just have to pick a limited number of patrons to balance their marketing and promotional expense. I personally knew someone who had won a laptop from a raffle promo in SM Mall, Dasmariñas-Cavite and that proves it is worth trying.
Safety & Comfort
Another consideration is - safer to fit when buying clothes, there is someone to assist you and the guards are in all the entry points to inspect all the visitors coming in.
Car park is guarded. Safer parking lot for your Lamborghini, BMW, Bentley ,Mercedes Benz or your vintage Rolls Royce.
Malls have safer and well-maintained Comfort Rooms, where there are also vending machines of sanitary napkin, tissue paper etc. inside for your convenience . I also see “diaper changing tables” suspended on the walls and a separate CR for disabled people.
Good quality brands prefer to have a display of their product in places like mall. We pay for the “name”, we have to understand that quality goes with the name too for most of the times if not all. Long-time reliable manufacturers had been in business for years, from time to time they discover a way to improve their product and that is where quality comes from. Even in frozen goods, why are you going to buy the sausage for example IF the plastic does not even have a brand name nor address or contact details of the producer? Sometimes it only means that they never wanted to be held liable in case there is a problem with their product, unless it is made by someone you knew that is very trustworthy –not making that item in a dirty workplace…it is just a matter of coins difference in price but assurance of getting a safe food is a lot bigger. In malls, the products pass a series of quality control tests and inspection because the Mall has its name to PROTECT too to keep their customers coming back. They pay for people to work as quality control staff.
I like the set of children’s clothes available in the Kid’s section of Robinson’s mall too– they have shirts of similar design that comes in different colors with durable rubberized design, made from cotton too, whites are also available also shorts. Most of Angel & Riana’s clothes I bought from them. I can attest to their durability even the marked-down character sleeveless and shirts, your child can pass it on to the younger sibling.
Yes, you can buy some cheaper clothes on the street market , but if you are going to check the inside of the sewn cloth mostly there is no “edging” a couple of washes will tear the piece apart because of the exposed runny edges of the clothing. Most of my Sunday dresses I bought cheaper than the price they were first displayed. And still, for almost a decade the dresses are still wearable, of good quality.
In buying home appliances, you can be sure that the items you are getting are BRAND NEW and not re-claimed installment units from delinquent customers. Malls offer installment basis through credit cards (they are paid by the bank). That means the items are all considered sold. Malls do not go-out to foreclose an unpaid item, no worn-out inventories that MAYBE refurbished to look brandnew. Repairs for warranty are shouldered by item brand, they just facilitate it being the seller mediator.
Malls offer a BIGGER variety of brands to choose from (you can compare prices before you buy), they also customize some of the most buys for cheaper costs that bulges in quality, like SM Malls here- have the BONUS brand if I am not mistaken.
Complete Customer Service
Another thing to consider is having the “alteration” department for buys you need to custom-fit to your size like pants trimming and the like.
- Free gift wrapping for all occasions (they also offer extra ribbons and special gift wrappers but for an additional cost).
- Complaints/Returns of Defective Products
There is a customer service personnel to deal with your product complaints – that is NOT available in the market or “tyangge”.
Kids’ Play Places are also available – you can shop while the kids are safely playing. No buying tantrums and non-stop explaining why you can not buy all your child’s demands.
Do not mistake I hate “markets”, they are still the best place to get farmers’ produce in the cheapest cost, you just have to be the quality control checker. I do hope that malls wont anymore be crossed-out from your shopping choices anymore :)
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