Everybody loves a good bargain and it's such a great feeling to be going home with value-for-money stuff that are well-made and affordable. Recently, I finally had a chance to visit HMR Philippines' 5,000 sq.m. warehouse in Mandaluyong and saw so many good finds it was hard to choose which ones to buy!
I found out that HMR has been trading in surplus since 1992 and that the Mandaluyong store is the original one. Now, HMR has expanded to eight Surplus Depots located in various parts of Metro Manila and Laguna along with an ever-expanding franchise network of Save On Surplus (SOS) stores nationwide.
Speaking of SOS, there's one in Festival Mall which my hubby and I have already been frequenting since we discovered it last year! We were actually so bummed to find a tandem bike there once that has already been sold and was only awaiting pick up. But we've bought other stuff there that we were very happy about including a micro-CD player with speakers for only P990!
Over the years, HMR Philippines has become known as "The Best Surplus Depot" because its link to a strong international supply network of the HMR Group of Companies earned it a reputation of being the place to buy anything and everything from. Customers range from Classes A to E, from big corporations to small enterprises; and from famous celebrities to ordinary employees.
Among its products are home and office furniture, computers and peripherals, telecommunications equipment, audio/video equipment, medical and industrial supplies, toys and novelty items, clothes and home furnishings, hardware tools, and many more. We were told that new products are continuously being added on a regular basis as they search for bargains both locally and internationally to offer their customers more unique shopping experiences.
For those wondering, yes, the products are brand new although some of the packaging may not be in 100% tiptop shape anymore. At HMR, surplus means excess, over production, or shelf pulls from leading retail outlets in Australia and the US.
Prices of products at HMR are 20 to 50 percent lower than in other retail outlets that's why you'll love shopping there. When they hold sales, like the time I was there, the prices are further reduced! HMR is also willing to cut prices if items are found to be cheaper in competing stores!
This business model is really quite a unique concept. It not only caters to the needs of a wide variety of consumers with affordable surplus products, HMR also offers complimentary technical services, particularly on computer hardware and related peripherals.
HMR is moreover the exclusive Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher (MAR) for the Philippines, which means they are able to sell Windows 7 operating systems and Office software for a significant fraction of retail OEM price. The company met strict requirements of selling refurbished computer units with pre-installed legitimate software at pocket-friendly prices.
Here's sharing my finds during my first HMR visit: three (3) 0.2Watts night lights for P590, three socket adaptors are P45 each, a super soft Star Wars blanket (50% off) for P445, an 8GB SD card for P249, a door knob with keys for P390, a nice condiments plate (50% off) for P75, and two boxes of latex gloves (50% off) for P75 each, which we often need for my special child's medical needs at home.
Excited to shop now? HMR Surplus Depots can be found in Novaliches, Araneta Center, Mandaluyong, Manila, Paranaque, Muntinlupa, and Sta. Rosa, Laguna. For the complete addresses, maps, and contact numbers of these branches, please click here.
By the way, make sure to stay tuned for the launching of HMR's own sports equipment brand named Loro Sports this coming August 9. You may also want to start shopping soon! :)