I have learned something recently, and that is to be very careful when buying anything technical in Puerto Galera.
The prices are sky high when compared to buying in Luzon mainland.
I was quoted Php 550 for a Wireless USB Network Adapter.
On the mainland I can get a Wireless-N USB Network Adapter (150mbps) for just Php 280, with the cheaper ones at Php150.
I bought a WiFi router for Php 1,900
Tenda 150Mbps Model W316R – Price on mainland: Php 1,100 + 170 delivery = Php 1,270 delivered
I bought a Rise-Up UPS for 2,350 pesos.
Rise-Up Model XU-800VA 500 Watts – Price on mainland: Php 1,330 + 250 delivery = Php 1,580 delivered
This purchase was a total stuff up though. The price seemed OK for what I asked for.
I was quoted Php 1,690 for the 600w UPS and Php 2,350 for the 800 watt UPS. I ordered the larger one, the 800 watt unit.
I was given a 500 watt UPS !!! Either the supplier conned me, or he does not know the difference between VA and Watts. His business is computer technician, NOT retail, so I expected him to supply what I asked for. When I asked for it to be changed over to the right unit, I got no more contact from him.
These people give the Philippines a bad reputation to foreigners. I do wonder if they do the same to locals ?
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