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hoodwinked : SM’s Our Home marking up prices before sale

I have told you before that we are looking for house stuff. And that most of our weekends are spent on being in our place, appliance stores and furniture looking.

Pottery Barn & Crate & Barrel photos from the internet

Pottery Barn & Crate & Barrel photos from the internet

We looked at Crate and Barrel and Pottery Barn, the international furniture and home stores that are new here in the Philippines. Loving most of their pieces but sadly the budget cannot accommodate our desires so we searched for an alternative that lead us to SM’s Our Home.

Our home photo taken from their Fb page (June 2015)

Our home photo taken from their Fb page (June 2015)

When I tell you that it is an alternative, it really is. See the example below, Looks familiar?

seeing double? both pictures are taken from their facebook page

seeing double? both pictures are taken from their facebook page. 

The difference of course lies in the price, brand and quality. But for a cheaper doppelganger, why not right? Or so we thought then.

So, we came back once or twice a month to check/scout for the furniture/s we like that are within the budget. Measured and listed them down.

Since we got the house sorted out and ready for furniture, we got their quotation just this Oct 4, 2015 (Sunday).

the quotation they gave us-you can see all the items we picked out.

the quotation they gave us – you can see all the items we picked out. (sofa, bed frame and mattress)

*At the bottom of their quotation, they have this fine print that states that prices are subject to change without prior notice. -to be fair this is pretty standard. 

This is the Charles 3-seater sofa that is priced at 17,950.

this sofa was part of their display last June. It goes for 19,950.00php back then

This three seater sofa and ottoman was part of their display last June. It goes for 19,950.00php back then. Photo taken from Our Home’s Facebook page.

We picked it because it would fit out tiny place.

Next piece of furniture we picked out was this (Gunther) bed frame. This was the one we have been eyeing for a long time now. 

The main reason why we are so keen on this? storage under the bedframe

The main reason why we are so keen on this? Storage space under the bed. (this photo was taken last Sept 6, 2015)

It looks exactly like that when I last saw it. We were told that it was the last piece.

Garret bedframe with storage

Garret bedframe with storage. Taken from Our Home’s Facebook page. (October 2015)

Its price is listed on the quote above. 27,950.00php for the bed frame not bad right?

We are planned to get it on Oct 17, 2015 (Saturday). Right in time for their SM prestige sale (Oct 16-18, 2015). -For more details see Manila Shopper’s Post. 

So, it was expected that the price we saw before is going down due to the discount extended for SM prestige card.

Come Oct 12, 2015 (Monday), just a week after we last saw the bed. Kei went to Our Home again. To see if there is any new item that will be added on the sale on the weekend of Oct 16-18, 2015.

And of course to check on the bed again as it was the last piece.

Sadly this happened. Just whoa! 

sudden spike in price!

sudden spike in price! the difference is 2,000.00php

They upped the price. Even with the discount you get with the sale, its price would be almost the same (its a bit higher) with its regular price.

Why you do this Our Home? 

So, to clarify. We asked to talk to the Our Home staff and manager about the price difference. They can only say “sorry, we are just following orders.” While I don’t blame them, I felt like we got duped.

That is the thing with SM’s Our Home sale. It is misleading. Gets you to think you saved, but truth is you just got cheated. False advertising.

Sale price wasn’t always the best price. Apparently, Our Home marks-up prices before a sale is on. — selling products at regular prices, but calling it a sale.  Again false advertising.
-And because stubbornly, I still wanted to get more details regarding the sale in case we can still “salvage” (may natitira pa ba sa listahan na pwede natin bilhin na di naman kami nadaya sa presyo?) the items we listed down. Sayang naman pagod ko…Off to their Facebook page I go.

And pop goes the weasel. Negative comments abound.

These were taken from their Facebook page.

These were taken from their Facebook page.

We are actually scared to push through buying any furniture piece from Our Home. Bargain hunters beware. 

Time to scram. We lost a good chunk of time looking at their pieces, but good thing is that we found this out before any purchase was made.

Bye! the bunnies are running away. (Part of a photo from Sjaek)

Bye! the bunnies are running away. (Part of a photo from Sjaek, taken from the internet)

Sure, maybe décor and accessories like fake flowers and vases. But then again we can just save a bit more and get better décor items from Pottery Barn and Crate&Barrel.

But no furniture buying from Our Home, in the end we choose/decided to get local woodworkers to just custom make our furniture pieces. At least we get an honest quote, natural wood, our money’s worth and helped support small time carpenters.

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are our own and based on our own experience with the said store. 

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St. Marc Café

I love eating desserts. More so if shared with friends!

When our blog buddy and foodie friend Matti of like reading on trains excitedly told us our next meet-up will be at SM Megamall, we only have one thing in mind. We must check out St. Marc Café, and we did.

taking one's place in the queue

taking one’s place in the queue

I am smitten by the display case, with the artificial food, they look cute/good to eat!

take your pick!

take your pick!

St Marc Café is the Japanese equivalent of Starbucks. We found a “tambay” (hang-out) place, if only the place was not that packed.

I really wanted to get the strawberry heaven.

took a picture while waiting

they really look nice, no?

While waiting in line, I took photos of the cafe. The orange/grey/wood interiors remind me of Hermes.

a lot of people

a lot of people

There was a lot of people so, I left Kei and Matti in hopes that I can find a seat for the three of us. With luck, we managed to get seats. After waiting for a while we finally got our order.

order of the day

order of the day

Our order consists of three chocoro for each of us (55php each), one royal milk tea (150php)  for Kei, one matcha latte (150php) for me, a Mango fantasy parfait (250php) for Matti and a strawberry heaven parfait (250php) for me.

We started with the chococro, loved it! It was warm, buttery, flaky and crisp with a generous amount of rich semi melted chocolate (made from blended Ghana and Ecuador beans), we finished it in a few minutes!

closer look

closer look

I am sort of skeptic with strawberries as most strawberry desserts tend to be syrupy sweet or tasting artificial. But, the strawberry heaven has real strawberries (frozen and diced)! Not sweet at all and with the (sour) fruity acidity. It even has cheesecake and conflakes for texture.

*I also tried Matti’s Mango Fantasy and I also liked it. The soft pudding is awesome.

Since St. Marc Cafe originated from Japan, I wanted to try their matcha latte and was quite glad I got it. They did it just right. Not too sweet. Kei is also happy with his royal milk tea.

We would definitely be back!

marc

  •  Be patient. The queue can get very long and the chococro has a very high demand. The result: chococro runs out and you will have to wait for chocoro. But the chocoro is worth the wait in my opinion.
  • Sadly, we did not get to try the strawberry daifuku chococro. They ran out.
  • Better to go here as a group some to fall in line and some to scout for seats. The queue/food can take a while, as well as clearing up the table.

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are our own and based on our own experience with the restaurant. This is not a sponsored post, We paid for this (from) our own pocket.