Note: This is NOT an advertorial.
I used to snub SM 3-Day Sales. I never thought one could really save thousands of pesosesoses through it. I thought it was just when boutiques of SM Department Store and boutiques in SM pull out their old stocks and put them on sale. I did not understand why people would flock to SM for this event.
But more than a week ago, Randy and I were able to save thousands because of this 3-day sale. However, since it was our first time to be amongst throngs of people for the SM Three-Day Sale, we squandered so much time lining up at the cashier. We also missed an opportunity to buy other stuff at a fraction of the cost.
To save you from our mistake, here are some fast facts about the SM 3-Day Sale, and some tips and tricks on how to get more value for your money.
Do NOT underestimate SM. For a long time, I used to avoid shopping at SM stores. Why? Because I thought it was too expensive compared to Divisoria, but its products are too inferior compared to Rustan’s and other specialty boutiques. But every time I visit SM, I’d realize that its products’ prices are not that far from Divisoria (you also have to compute your time and effort going to and from Divisoria), and that it has so many “homegrown” labels whose designs were obviously well-thought of, and whose materials were carefully selected (and are therefore sturdy).
Fashionable seasider toddler shoes from Tough Kids, P399 only. Magkano ‘yan sa boutiques ‘di ba? And I think Divisoria would not sell this at a much lower price. Even if it’s not that sturdy, OK lang because kids grow up so fast anyway.
Bradley clothes for toddler boys. Price ranges from P200-P400. Take note, these are made of really soft cotton. And as you can see, the designs are en vogue.
Do NOT buy anything expensive from any SM store (Our Home, ACE Hardware, SM Dept. Store, Baby Company) weeks before a scheduled sale. I actually discovered the three-day sale because of my Dew the Domesticated Diva: Bedroom Overhaul project. More than a month before the three-day sale, I fell in love with this bedframe: But its “sister” bedframe was on sale:
Sorry putol. I was actually taking the picture of the bedframe beside it, as I snubbed this.
The price difference was about P9,000. I was told that the price of this bedframe used to be the same as the price of the bedframe I liked. It’s just that the latter bedframe was an older design, thus the discount. Randy wanted us to buy this one (cheaper), as he thought there’s not much differerence in the design. But for me, there was so much difference. I can’t bring myself to like the cheaper bedframe. Randy said we shouldn’t buy it then if I’d have regrets—he said we should buy what I really like. But since I was really kuripot, I couldn’t bring myself to buy it. I asked the salesman about possible discounts. He said there really is none. I said that I did not want to buy it because I know I’d feel bad if I see it on sale after a few months. So Randy and I left, with plans to look for other bedframes somewhere. But in my heart I knew I loved that bedframe.
And then lo and behold—days before the SM 3-day sale, the salesman assisting me called me up—he said that the bed I liked was on 20% off, and that if we buy it on the first three hours of the first day of the 3-day sale, an additional 10% discount will be given.
Shop a day before Day 1 of the three-day sale, and have the items reserved. I learned this trick from the lady who was ahead of me on the line. She said that she picked the items she was buying the day before, and that when she arrived at SM she just picked up the stuff she had reserved. Saves you time ‘di ba? Kasi if you pick out the items on the day itself, patay ka sa pila! Like Randy and me. The only thing I had in mind to buy was the bedframe. But then I later realized I also had to buy new sheets because we had no king-sized sheets. Ergo, nagmadali ako sa pagpili ng new sheets. Even then, when I lined up, ay grabe! Moreover, Randy and I were stuck at Our Home. Nakapila ako from 9:45 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.! Imagine?!? Plus sayang, as we could have bought more items from Ace Hardware and from the Department Store.
- Arrive at SM at 9 a.m. on Day 1 of the 3-Day Sale. If you’ve done #3 and you do this, you’re safe. At 9 a.m., konti pa lang ang tao, as SM usually opens at 10 ‘di ba (and, not ALL entrances open up at 9. So look for the entrances that open up at 9)? And even then, these people would have been choosing items pa. So ikaw, pila na dapat agad. You’ll thank me for this, trust me.
- A shopping chaperone is a must on Day 1 of the 3-Day Sale. Why?
a. So you can buy in all SM stores. During the first hour of my pila, the lady in front of me was not there—her daughter was. Apparently, she was at the SM Department Store getting the items she had reserved. And when she already had, she had her daughter line up there. They were in constant communication with each other all throughout.
b. To have someone to hold your place in a line. A shopping chaperone is also a must because you might want to do some last minute choosing. Ergo, you need someone to hold your place. Like me. Supposedly asa unahan ako ng pila, as Randy and I arrived relatively early. Upon my arrival I was asked to fill out a form. After I filled it out, I went around to look for stuff more stuff, kasi sale talaga! Before I knew it, ang haba na ng pila. The salesman who assisted me said, “Di ba nasa unahan ka na Ma’am?” Nyak. ‘Yun palang pag-upo ko kanina, pila na ‘yun! Had he only said it, I would have let Randy stay there while I get more stuff. Sayang. Ayun tuloy, antagal namin sa pila. As in.
c. So the salespeople can’t fool you. Hay, eto. Nakakaasar. Because I was bored out of my wits while waiting for my turn, my attention was diverted to the bed on display. It’s the same bed I was going to pay for, only it was queen-sized. Nagandahan ako sa presentation, so I thought of buying the same sheets.
Since Randy went out, I asked a saleslady to please give me the sheets used on the bed on display, in king size (other customers were also doing this—asking for specific items while staying on the line, FYI). She gladly obliged. After some minutes, she came with different sheets. She said that the sheets were not available in king size. She showed me the sheets, which to me were blah. She gave me more designs, and insisted I buy ‘coz these items were already on sale. I wanted to relent on buying expensive sets that I didn’t really like. Pero nacha-chakahan talaga ako. Ang tagal kong nag-iisip-isip, and I almost bought what she was offering. When Randy arrived, I stood up and went to the linen department. And then voila: the set I wanted was AVAILABLE in king size. So why did she say it wasn’t? Because it’s from a different brand—different from the brand she was assigned to. I wanted to confront her but I decided not to. Anyway, she entertained me while I was bored in the queue. And she also got tired bringing sets to me, but I’ll be buying something different.
- Bring a book or magazine or gadget. The reason Randy went out was because he left his iPad in our car. Like what I said, hours and hours in a queue is so boring. Buti na lang the lady in front of me was madaldal. Ayun, alam ko na ang kwento ng buhay n’ya.
- Better if you have a BDO credit card. Because on top of the existing item discount, the additional 10% off if you shop within the first three hours, you also get a 5% rebate if you shop with your BDO credit card. However, this is only applicable for single receipt purchases of at least P15,000. Sayang din ‘di ba? Good thing Randy was with me—he had with him his BDO credit card.
Each SM Mall has different 3-Day Sale schedules, and happens only twice a year. I was told that the next one in SM Sta. Rosa will be in March 2014. I hope this post will help you in getting the most of the next SM 3-Day Sale.
I’ll be posting our Our Home stash ‘pag may time 😉
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