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I don't know if any of anybody has noticed, but SM is kicking BPI out of its malls. SM owns BDO, and they don't want the competition, so all BPI branches and ATMs are being removed from their malls. A

Seems to be a lot of that here.   Common and business sense here don't often walk hand in hand.

Yep, you're spot-on. When you see how Filipino boys are raised, then it all makes sense.     Aren

Actually it is on the third floor in the area that has all the electronics stores. Been a while, but I think you come in the North Entrance go up the stairs to the third floor and turn left just before the Apple store then take the first left and it is at the end of this short corridor.

You mean iStore, the bad filipino copy of an Apple store. Apple stores don't exist here.

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Nice try SM but ... I tried to get an account with BDO twice - Both times my papers were collected and "send to the main branch" and I would get a call if its approved. I still wait for that approval today.

 

At BPI I got my account within 30 minutes !

 

Having no BPI at SM for me is only one reason more not to shop there.
SM Malls are too big - you end up walking a marathon for shopping :-(

Theres no ATMs at all - if you need one you end up walking a marathon again :-)

It's nice looking but totally overpriced - actually I moved to an unfurnished townhouse and my household I bought at shopwise, Atlantic Hardware, City Hardware and Gaisano Capital - only the washing machine was cheapest at SM.

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Makes sense:   Why allow the competition to open up and take valuable space in your own Mall?    Why also get worked up about lack of  ATM presence?    How much is the fee  for drawing from your BPI account from a BDO machine?   10 pesos?       I will bet that Ayala does indeed follow suit and not allow BDO to renew their contract however...BDO just moved to a new location ... so they probably have 2 years or so on their contract...  ANYway.

 

let me go on record as saying that BDO does suck in many ways but they have their upside.   from a customer point of view  BPI  is much better.     No standing in long lines.. the priority numbers are nice... If its a busy day.  If you have a BPI gold card you get preferred customer service with no waiting!       Also  BDO  CHARGES for cashing another BDO check if its not your home branch or the branch that the check was drawn off... CRAZY.     None of that at BPI.   I cant speak of the BDO online experience but I can say that BPI's is really smooth.  

 

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After checking with them at SM-Consolacion, it appears the ATM (out by the jeepney stop) will be allowed to stay because they aren't in the mall itself. That is good because going to a non-mall ATM is inconvenient to say the least. They seldom have adequate parking, and that includes the new branches across the street from SM-Cebu City and SM-Consolacion. In addition to BDO, there are also branches of China Bank in both SM malls, so I assume that China Bank is also owned by SM.

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You mean iStore, the bad filipino copy of an Apple store. Apple stores don't exist here.

 

Until I just searched for it, I had always thought that iStore was just branding for the Philippines market, rather than a different company. IMHO they do a great job of looking just like an Apple Store, and honestly I like the name "iStore" better and until I had found out it was not Apple I had hoped they would change the name here. As for service, I have no idea because I do not own any Apple products and I am unlikely to any time soon.

 

SM Malls are too big - you end up walking a marathon for shopping :-(

Theres no ATMs at all - if you need one you end up walking a marathon again :-)

It's nice looking but totally overpriced - actually I moved to an unfurnished townhouse and my household I bought at shopwise, Atlantic Hardware, City Hardware and Gaisano Capital - only the washing machine was cheapest at SM.

 

No such thing as a mall being "too big". That is one of the things I love about the malls in the Philippines - they are HUGE! And they have just about everything you might want all at one location, kind of like Amazon in brick and mortar. Unfortunately the age of the mall is over outside Asia.

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isn't it all great. Filipino banks are shit, and Filipino malls are shit. In fact the entire economy of the Philippines, is shit from the point of view of the consumer. So what else is new. 

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isn't it all great. Filipino banks are shit, and Filipino malls are shit. In fact the entire economy of the Philippines, is shit from the point of view of the consumer. So what else is new. 

 

Tell us how you really feel !!!!!

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