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The Problem with S&R Shopping

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I love S&R. S&R is a membership store here in the Philippines. When you go inside S&R you would think you are Costco, it looks exactly the sam! Same shelving. Same products. Everything is the same, except in most cases it is smaller than the average Costco, and the product selection is not quite as good.

A number of writers on this site have written about S&R. When S&R first opened in Davao City a few years back, both Feyma and I wrote articles about it. After I wrote about it, I remember that Paul Thompson got a membership, and he has written several articles about S&R too.

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There are some downsides to S&R though. One that Paul has written about is the “out of stock” situation that pops up there. That has not been such a big problem at the S&R here in Davao City, but it certainly does happen. I have noticed that while S&R used to be “cheese central” for many different foreign kinds of cheese, most cheeses are either out of stock now or no longer carried. That bothers me. But, “out of stock” has not been a huge problem here. Another problem, though, is what I am going to address in my monologue in the Video Cast today.

After the video we have a question about Balikbayan Visa/Balikbayan Privilege from Lanny. Lanny is planning a trip to the Philippines, probably for about 6 months, and he will be here on the Balikbayan Visa. He might be going home for a short visit in the middle of his stay here, though, and is worried about whether his Balikbayan Visa will still be active upon his return. I have the necessary information to fill in Lanny with the “real scoop”.

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Bob Martin is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine. Bob is an Internet Entrepreneur who is based in Davao. Bob is an American who has lived permanently in Mindanao since May 2000. Here in Mindanao, Bob has resided in General Santos City, and now in Davao City. Bob is the owner of this website and many others.

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Alex Kennedy

I think S & R is more of a wannabe Costco with limited selection and very high prices. The best thing about S & R is all the New York pizza restaurants they are opening.

Bob - Expat Answer Man
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Great, Alex, thanks for sharing your opinion.

We are opposite. I like S&R but think their pizza pretty much sucks. 🙂

Alex Kennedy
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Alex Kennedy

All the freestanding S & R pizza restaurants that are popping up all over the place are probably better than the ones in the wannabe Costco facilities.

Paul Byvtary
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Paul Byvtary

I agree.. when S&R makes the pizza correctly it is the best in the Philippines to my tongue sadly though 1/2 the time is it poorly prepared.

Gerardo Reynaldo
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The ‘out of stock’ situation could happen more if the peso slides to the dollar; more expensive to import these items.

Bob Martin
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Perhaps. I don’t think that is the issue, though.

steve baker
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steve baker

Let me know when they have Grits, and I’ll go!

Bob - Expat Answer Man
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I hope you get your grits. But.. I can’t be a monitor of S&R for everybody! LOL

If you don’t mind corn grits they are easy to get here, and can be prepared like hominy grits. They taste virtually the same.

steve baker
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steve baker

Thanks for the feedback. I haven’t seen them in laguna or even when I’ve shopped in Manila. Sounds like I’m not looking in the right places. So far I’ve checked SM and PureGold.

Scott D
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Scott D

SM has grits here in Cebu.

Scott D
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Scott D

We used S&R here in Cebu for about 8 months until Landers Super Store opened. When me and my wife walked in we thought we were back in the US. Landers is a club from the US and it is twice the size of the S&R here. It has all the same brands as S&R (Kirkland, Sam’s and others), but they a bigger selection of items. If you ever get a chance to visit a Landers you will be pleasantly surprised at the selection and prices.

Bob - Expat Answer Man
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We don’t have Landers here in Davao. Sounds pretty good though.

Tommy Bech Nielsen
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Tommy Bech Nielsen

Here in san fernando i also use S&R and here i feel it a lot of out of stóck ,, was get use to a coffe from there, , and next is it gone , and try that with some candy also , never came back ?? And not all is cheap there , some cost more than in a mall i feel ,

Bob - Expat Answer Man
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You know, come to think of it, that is how Costco is in the states too… if you see something there better buy it, because it probably won’t be there next time!

Gary Shreves
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I have been to the store in CDO and noticed higher prices than Robertsons just saying

Bob Martin
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Perhaps on some items, but many items we buy are half or less from other stores.

Mervyn Bana
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Some products like vitamins is too near the expiry date.

Bob Martin
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That has not been my experience, perhaps it varies from store to store.

Budrick Bias
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The expiry date is there to get you to throw away the old and buy new. There has been studies of Meds over 20 years old still being good to take. Just saying.

Bob Martin
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Sorry news report the other day. They said there was a study on prescription drugs, it was found that the vast majority of them were still good ten years later after the expiration date.

Scott Michaelis
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yes, really, very little importance is to be paid to the expiration date. but try to convince most of the people here, 1 day past and they think it will kill you. maybe a bit of an extreme but the point is made..some years back my pinoy family were making something with tomatoes and they were collecting all the seeds to be thrown away, I asked why and they said it would cause appendicitis if eaten? I told them it would not cause that to happen and ate ( drank ) half a cup of seeds..they were worried but nothing… Read more »

Bob Martin
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Ha ha. I never heard that about tomatoes.

Allan Du Yaphockun
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we did a comparison with my mom as to which would be cheaper, s&r(davao) or costco(new york)? costco hands down. not counting the fact that it’s my siblings who would pay the total upon check out in new york. while i have to pay for it here in the philippines.

Bob Martin
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Doesn’t surprise me that Costco is cheaper.

Scott D
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Scott D

You have to remember transportation and VAT is added on the the price in the Philippines.

Bob - Expat Answer Man
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So true

Panama C
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Panama C

Yep. If you want to do a reverse price comparison, try getting a box of Skyflake crackers in the Philippines vs in the US. They are usually around $7 a box in the US.

Bob - Expat Answer Man
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Ha ha.. good luck.

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