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January 3, 2009

Year-End Sale: New Year Sale Experience (Phase 1)

I only have 2 days, and back in the battlefield again - workload waiting on Monday. We took the chance yesterday and went to SM Megamall to check out the Year-end Sale. Going to malls, and just plain window-shopping (if not shopping) are one of my bonding moments with my mom. I am so itching to check and buy new shoes. I have read and heard alot about Year-End Sales, and I know it's the best time to get good bargains from stores.

It's been a long while the last time I was in Megamall. The management practically stripped the MegaStrip; and expanded the mall interiors. I honestly miss the old Megamall.. (or maybe I am just being nostalgic, and rejecting changes). I saw alot of US and UK brands sprouting in the mall spaces (Gap is opening soon, and Promod is currently open and on sale at 30 - 50% OFF).

The Year-end Sale is not something I was expecting. I only see some signs posted on stores screaming 50% OFF, and some standies marked with 10%. Probably store owners are not fully dropping the prices just yet. If there are buyers who would take the bait of the 10% discounts, at least there's a little more sales for them. And I am one of those buyers. I bought 5 new pairs of shoes (and bought 1 new pair for my mom). You can't blame me, I have big shoe size, and once the shoe fits, I have to get it! And I get them all! Thanks to the debit system of BDO, i don't need to fall in line at the ATM machine to get cash. It's a swipe settlement without worrying for your next account statement arrival.

The Year-end Sale will run until January 11th. So maybe by next week, if there are still some items left for each store, that's the time they will give out everything at even lower prices. I would expect store and clothes racks on the Lower Ground floor and floor walkways. And that makes me want to return next week.

Mango has that 70% OFF display on the store panel, but I didnt bother check as I have my mind set to buy shoes only. I am betting the clothes and buys arent that good, I only see few people checking out the racks and leaving the stores empty-handed. I see some perfumes in SM Department Store on a Buy-One-Take-One offer (Salvatore Ferragamo, etc.). I would want to take advantage of the offer, but my scents are not on the list (Kenzo, or Gucci Envy, or Issey Miyake).

All stores are practically on sale (with at least 10% discount on regular priced itms). Maybe they are just being cooperative with SM Management. By the time they are done with their inventory, they might (and I hope) be willing to dispose all other items at even lower prices. The idea excites me even more. I would definetely check out other malls and stores for more good buys.

I forgot to mention that the SM Department Store had a total make-over (I am not sure if this had been renovated months ago), but I am impress that there are Restrooms and seats inside the Department Store now. We just bought a new pan from Sunnex (got it at P967, original price is P1,200 someting) and more Lock and Locks. Speaking of Lock and Locks, I noticed that Lock and Lock is now offering installment arrangement for buyers. This company/product line is now doing big huh?

Here is the list of the Year-End Sale Schedule:

*Ayala Malls Welcome 2009 Sale. Mallwide from January 2 to 18, 2009.

*Glorietta: The Big Handover Sale (Glorietta 1 to Glorietta 5). Discounts and prizes up to December 31, 2008.

*Araneta Center / Gateway Grand Clearance Sale. Up to 70% off on items up to January 18, 2009.

*The Body Shop Year End Sale. Up to 50% off on selected items up to January 8, 2009.

*Cinderella Year End Sale. Up to 60% off on items from Esprit, U2, British India, Clarks, NafNaf, Oshkosh B Gosh, Pierre Cardin, Seventeen, C Women, and Cinderella Kids up to February 1, 2009.

*Celebrity Bazaar at Festival Supermall. Multi Exhibit Network, Second Level Mini Trade Hall up to December 31, 2008.

Include the Watson's Promo, get a make-up organizer for every P700 worth purchase (with specified product purchase). I bought some razor refills, lotion and Lorel Make-up Remover. Being the shopaholic that I am, I wont let this promo/freebie/gift pass, so I bought a wet tissue to make my purchases eligibile, and bag that one make-up organizer.

I am hating myself somehow.. Im back on my old self of being shopaholic and impulse buyer (aside from the purchases I made yesterday, I also have some online purchases awaiting payment and shipment). I promised myself (and my mom) I would be good next payday. There are no excuses. I don't know what triggered this behaviour again. Should I blame the Shopaholic movie coming up on theaters this year?