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#21 MrkGrismer

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Posted 03 December 2009 - 04:23 PM

QUOTE (DobermanGuy @ Dec 3 2009, 10:54 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
2 bars of Neutrogena---------------@$8.00 or so, I forget...
6x10 Bubble Mailer from USPS------$1.29
USPS First Class Int'l postage-------$8.64

@$18.00 to send Honey Bear a few bars of soap! blink.gif

The look on her face when she got them: 'PRICELESS'

She is a 'Filipina' and WORTH IT! wink.gif


Yeah, I'll never understand the mathematics behind sending something from the U.S. (at high costs) versus buying the exact same product locally in the PI (at low costs). I know it is a cultural thing so I accept it to a certain degree. But I am sure I will never, never ever, understand it. biggrin.gif

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Posted 03 December 2009 - 05:05 PM

QUOTE (MrkGrismer @ Dec 3 2009, 11:23 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yeah, I'll never understand the mathematics behind sending something from the U.S. (at high costs) versus buying the exact same product locally in the PI (at low costs). I know it is a cultural thing so I accept it to a certain degree. But I am sure I will never, never ever, understand it. biggrin.gif


Actually, mahal ko and I have had some discussions on this that might shed some light. In advance, I acknowledge that you said exact same, but...

She sometimes sends things over there because the quality of goods we have here is better than those available there. The example I kept getting was towels and tee shirts. I've known her and other filipinas who'd buy medium to low quality towels, tees, etc here and ship them over. They would be considered treasured gifts from the recipients. I suspect that's because the expectation of higher quality here causes the manufacturer to ship their better goods here, even when they are actually produced in Asian countries.

Another example would be that the "same exact" product(s) aren't actually that, because they are made somewhere else. This example applies to things like candy bars and chocolate. When I was travelling over there to visit her, I'd have to bring big bags of Hersheys, Cadbury, and even the small snack size of candy bars. When I recognised that there were places there (e.g. Manila) that you could actually buy the "same exact" products a lot cheaper, she told me that people could actually taste the difference and when I tried them I agreed. Sweets here are actually sweeter than the same products available over there.

This applies to artificially sweetened products too. Although I understand that "Diet Coke" (here) and "Coke Lite" (there) are the same formulation, there is a substantial difference in taste. And rest assured I tested a lot over there.

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Posted 03 December 2009 - 07:25 PM

QUOTE (MrkGrismer @ Dec 3 2009, 10:23 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yeah, I'll never understand the mathematics behind sending something from the U.S. (at high costs) versus buying the exact same product locally in the PI (at low costs). I know it is a cultural thing so I accept it to a certain degree. But I am sure I will never, never ever, understand it. biggrin.gif


It is because of the 'money saving mentality' over there In My Opinion... smile.gif

My girl is VERY conservative and cautious with her money. She can squeeze a single Peso in her hand and turn it into 125 Centavos with NO PROBLEM. biggrin.gif

She would NEVER spend that much money on a bar of soap. No Way! That does not mean that she would not 'try it' and be glad for it if she received one, It just means that she is very careful about how she manages her money... And YES, She also noticed and mentioned that it came from (and was made in) the US of A... cool.gif

I like to save money as well, but sometimes I stop to consider how much her smile is worth more than I think about saving a dollar.

Like I said before, 'She is a Filipina and she is WORTH IT' !!! wink.gif

#24 MrkGrismer

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Posted 03 December 2009 - 07:28 PM

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Another example would be that the "same exact" product(s) aren't actually that, because they are made somewhere else. This example applies to things like candy bars and chocolate. When I was travelling over there to visit her, I'd have to bring big bags of Hersheys, Cadbury, and even the small snack size of candy bars. When I recognised that there were places there (e.g. Manila) that you could actually buy the "same exact" products a lot cheaper, she told me that people could actually taste the difference and when I tried them I agreed. Sweets here are actually sweeter than the same products available over there.


From what I understand this is generally because they use real sugar over there instead of 'high fructose corn syrup'. I don't know if either is 'sweeter' then the other, and I've talked to many people here that prefer the stuff made with 'real sugar'. Perhaps tho the taste (in either case) is different enough to lend it that 'exotic imported' flavor. Me, I didn't notice any real difference (with coke, ice cream, pizza). Again from what I understand, for companies to sell products in the Philippines there appears to be some advantage to having a certain amount of it 'made' in the Philippines. I noticed that Coke is sold there in partnership with San Miguel. It is certainly bottled/canned in the Philippines but I don't know how much more of the process is done in the Philippines.

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