How much do Pinoys spend during DSF – and what do they buy?
Staff Report Published: January 12, 2017
Filipinos, who, by their sheer number at approximately one million across UAE, comprise a considerable footfall of DSF shoppers, save money for this event, noting the up to75 percent discount on the items for sale, and spend in the range of Dh1,500 to Dh2,000 with some even spending up to Dh5,000 depending on what they do for a living and what they need for their jobs.
Dr. Becky Desiderio, The Medical City CEO said she buys clothes, shoes and bags during DSF.
“As a photographer, I try to find photography accessories. My budget goes around Dh 6,000,” said Jonathan Sentin.
“I usually buy watches because I can get loads of raffle coupons. You have big chances to win in the raffle draw,” said Mars delos Santos, a businesswoman, adding that she also buy bags “because you don’t usually get discounts on those items on regular shopping months.”
Delos Santos said she has already spent over Dh9,000 on a wallet an Iphone and a new camera gadget plus some gifts for her loved ones in the Philippines.
She explains why the big spending: “During DSF, you at least get to participate in a raffle draw for your receipts.”
Bags it is too for Ada Glaza Teodoro, a PR manager who said, “Normally though, I just buy bags, as you can buy them for half the price.”
Eneira Pingol Mariposque, a media practitioner, said she bought a drone for Dh1,500 that she sent home to be used for work.
Khris Daug, a basketball enthusiast, said he spends from Dh2,000 to Dh4,000 on shoes and bags for himself and his wife with his credit card. This DSF is his fifth and he shops every year.
Ryle Tivierra, style curator and digital brand consultant said he spends up to Dh5,000 on working shoes, coats and bags while Pheline Rivera, a marketing executive said she spends between Dh500 and Dh1,000 on make-ups and apparel.
“I usually buy clothing and home appliance. I spend not more than Dh5,000 for a month long sale. This is my 7th DSF,” said Cathy Ordonez, HR director and businesswoman.