December 7, 2021

15 thoughts on “1 Million Solar Powered Facebook Pizzas

  1. Mark, I thought that was probably what you did and you are right. It made it all the way to the US from Asia packaged like that so there is no reason why it can’t make it back. I have seen it done by others. Several years ago, when I arrived at NAIA, I saw a woman with a 37″ Sony in the “Nothing to Declare” line when exiting the airport. The customs agent pointed at the tv and sent her over to the duty station. I had to laugh. I have snuck a computer monitor into my suitcase and got by with no problems. The 55″ is a great bargain but not worth the effort. I would have to transport it to Manila first and then transport it a second time to Calbayog.

  2. Jen and I had our bed made for us when we first set up house back in 2007. I wish I could remember the price but I don’t think it cost much. It’s a great bed and should last forever. Jen went with a friend’s Pinay wife to get the work done because of the skin tax.

    Mark, I think the prices for electronics are so high there because of the import duties. I have bought several HDTVs in Calbayog and Angeles City and am amazed at the price they want. Maybe I should do what you did. The Target here has a 55″ Vizio LED for $499. I just think it would be too cumbersome to bring it with me next month.

    1. Gary I actually checked it in as baggage. It was so well packaged I figured it made to the US from Asia why wouldn’t it make it back Ok, lol. The agent was a bit incredulous at the time but he did a nice job of wrapping it in plastic and putting some “handle with care” tape around it. A 55″ may be a bit big for that though!

  3. This is just a flat out question that maybe you can help me with.
    Am arriving in the PI 12/1/12. My girl friend and I plan to rent a
    house. I am a died in the wool king size bed guy and will buy one there I believe. However, I still own a gorgeous solid mahogony king
    size bed here in Dallas. I am wondering if I would be better off shipping my bed to the Ph rather than buying one there,
    Anything you can tell me about import duies, taxes, freight forwarders, etc. will be most appreciated. Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions you can throw my way. Send any comments directly to me email address. Thanks again, Tom Kidd

    1. Okay, I sent you a response. I hope it is an sufficient answer. In the meantime, if anyone else reading this knows about such things, please chime in and let us know.

      1. With what it would cost to ship vs. what it would cost for your girlfriend to get one made (notice I said your girlfriend, undoubtedly your price would be higher) I’d get one made to your liking here. The labor is cheap, the workmanship is fine and mahogany comes from the Philippines.

        1. That’s what I told him Mark. Except I left out the part about the “skin tax”. I didn’t think about that. Also I told him that I never had to deal with import tax, so I wasn’t sure, but gave him my best guess and a few websites to check out. That’s why I wanted some of the other readers to say something that maybe know something about all this.

          1. I brought over a tv that I got for $249 on closeout (27″ LCD with internal DVD). I had to declare it and they wanted p3000 for import duty, which I ‘negotiated’ down to p2000, lol. I imagine the cost of shipping the bed and any duty may be more than getting one made. The tv was still a good deal as far as I’m concerned because I carried it over and it was a name brand not some cheap off brand selling for top dollar or should I say top peso? Having recently bought a tv there I think you know what I mean. I don’t understand why electronics are so pricey there.

      2. Tom, unless you are married and your spouse can claim returning or balikbayan privileges, you would have to pay customs a tariff or value tax on importing goods. In your case, like Marks says, it may make more sense to have one made for you there to your specs. Otherwise you will pay for that mahogany bed many times over what it is worth.

  4. UJ,
    Just buy a new pooter. Mine was sooo friggin old that when I tried to install a Tax program on it to do my taxes, the Tax program told me in so many words that my pooter and programs were so damn old that microsoft didn’t even support it anymore, so the cheap skate in me broke down and finally bought e new pooter.
    Yea ok maybe windows 95 was a little outdated, and I’m pooter challenged but what the hell, I don’t have facbook, friendbook, dummybook and don’t have a clue what twitter is and barely check my e-mail. Yea, i like the more face to face communications and rotary dial phones, much easier. But as times change guess I’ll have to eventually. My nieces in cavite are super high tech savy, and get a total kick out of helping there tech dummy uncle learn the in’s and out’s of learning the high tech world. I appreciate those moments just watching them laugh at my expense as I fat finger my way into their high tech world. Now give me back my rotary phone and life will be good again. Loved your popcorn storey, busted out laughing. Now imagine the reverse, took the wife to have BBQ in Temple in the early 70’s, needless to say Texas BBQ doesn’t come on a stick…hahahaha

    1. John I would be happy to buy a new “pooter”, I know I need one, but I just can’t afford to do that at this time. My wife claims that we will be able to in January or February, but I know that unless I save a little on the side, it will not happen, unless I get a lot more people on this website and a lot of them start clicking on ads and/or send donations. I think that one way or another, I’m going to at least have some new major parts by February.
      I’m not as old fashioned as you are, I have a Facebook account and I know what Twitter is, but if all I had was a rotary phone, that would be okay with me. I myself prefer talking to people face to face whenever possible too.
      So where did you take her in Temple, Mikeska’s? They are still in the same location on 57th St, but they are now larger. They have also opened up a branch in Belton in Oak Village Shopping Center on North Main. Or maybe it was Al’s BBQ Barn on Ave M and 25th St? That’s the 2 most popular ones in Temple.
      I think it would be cool to have someone there that has never been to the US before. If you would like to write a story about all that happened with your wife at her first Texas BBQ, then I would be happy to post it here. If fact if you, or anyone on this site, wants to send in a story that has anything to do with the Philippines, Texas or a Filipino, just send it to me. I’ll do a grammar and spelling check on it and post it on the site. I’ll be sure to leave your name attached to it, unless you tell me otherwise.
      I just told Lita about re-posting the popcorn story and she started laughing all over again. The part she likes the best was her cousin saying, “Ouch” each time one of those hot kernels of corn hit her. I sure wish we would of had a video camera for that.

  5. I found out when building my house or doing up grades it is cheaper to by equipment in states and ship door to door and pay import taxes is cheaper then buying local. I saved $6000.00 dollars when installing A/C in my house after getting 3 bids in the Philippines. I guess it is the Kano price when buying in the Philippines. I noticed Generators are cheaper in States then Philippines even if they are still made in China.

    1. Wow, really? It doesn’t seem like it could be cheaper that way. I’m not saying you are wrong because I’ve never checked. So are you talking about going to the States, buying it and shipping it to yourself or ordering it in a catalog and having it shipped to you, either or neither?

  6. My brother-in-law and I priced out whole house solar for the house on the island. To put a complete solar system in that would run the house and several appliances would be about $10,000 US. Needless to say that will have to wait for another day (life?) The cost of solar there is about the same as the US even though the panels and some of the equipment are either manufactured in the Philippines or right next door.

    1. I’m not even sure we have a popcorn maker here. We had an air popper back in Texas, but I never cared for the popcorn from that very much.
      $10,000 is a bit much for us also at this time and probably anytime. How big of a house are you talking about Mark? Maybe I should check into wind power instead?

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