Good news: A Miniso branch is finally open here in Davao City!
Bad news: It is located in SM City Davao in Ecoland, which is about an hour away in smooth traffic. Boo!
You see, I live in the north while SM City is located in the south. It didn’t stop me from going, though. Well, actually, it helped a lot that it’s Kadayawan week (Happy Kadayawan!) and plants on sale are on display again at SM Ecoland. I’m no green thumb, but my brother and mom are, so I tagged along with them when they went to buy plants. Of course, you already know what my ulterior motive was! 😀
I made an immediate beeline to Miniso. To be honest, I was a little disappointed that it was way smaller than Daiso, Japan Home Centre. I think the size of the store is comparable to Free Life at Gaisano Mall. However, I didn’t come all the way to the south for nothing! To be fair, there were items that weren’t available in Daiso and JHC, such as powerbanks and LED lights and bluetooth speakers. Here are some of the things I saw that day in Miniso (click on each thumbnail to enlarge):
I ended up not buying a lot of things because 1.) I
was am on a budget, and 2.) I didn’t really find anything that I couldn’t find anywhere else. Here are the things that I did end up buying:
Unfortunately, I lost the receipt because of a refund process (explained below), so I’ll just try to remember the prices…
What I wanted to buy but didn’t have the opportunity to choose because it was so crowded: seamless panties, wet wipes, perfume, and lunch box accessories/tools.
There’s a wide variety of items, and almost everything were nicely made. Nothing I looked at felt flimsy (note that this is not a comprehensive review as I didn’t look at everything), even the stuffed toys were really soft and fluffy. Also, the selection of garments reminds me so much of Uniqlo!
Prices are not clear. If you’re buying on a tight budget, you will have to ask the attendant for the prices of the items to be sure. I felt sorry for the high school student who was in front of me in the cashier queue. She didn’t know that the set of colored pens (not sure) cost P199. She thought it was just P99 and didn’t have enough money with her.
I’m not sure if this is true with every branch since I’ve only been to the one here in Davao, but their customer service could do some improvement. My mom got curious and went with me to the store. She spotted an electric shaver for my dad, which seemed like a good deal because it was so cheap (at around P600-P700 if I remember it correctly as opposed to my dad’s Philips shaver, which costs P1,700+).
When she gave it to the store attendants for testing, they told her she must pay for it first before it could be tested. So she paid for it immediately. But she had to wait for the attendants because they were still looking for the proper facility to test the shaver. And when they were finally able to test it, the shaver couldn’t remove hair. Okay, we know it’s cheap, but it wasn’t dirt cheap — at the very least, it should have functioned properly. Of course my parents wouldn’t buy it; that’s akin to throwing away P600-P700. They wanted a refund, and it took a looooong time because the manager (I presume) kept asking my mom if she wanted a replacement na lang daw instead of a refund. Eh ayaw nga nila nung shaver, and they didn’t want to buy anything else from the store. They ended up giving my mom a refund, but it really took a long time.
I just think that no one (not my mom or the attendants or the manager) would have had to go through all that hassle if they didn’t implement that silly rule of having to pay for an electronic item before it could be tested. I mean, who does that?
So will I go back to Miniso? Probably, if I end up being around the area again. I’ll probably return for the gadgets and the seamless underwear. But I certainly wouldn’t brave all that traffic just to go to Miniso!
PS: Apparently, Mumuso is already open today at Abreeza, which is way nearer. I’ll go check it out, too!