Originally Posted by ozexpat
the Philippines is very consumer orientated. having the best phone is paramount. most phones are prepaid so an iPhone 6 is about 1000 dollars yet the apple store is sold out.
they are also one the highest ranking users of social media in the world. internet cafes make good money from Facebook and Instagram.
a young Filipina will skimp on food to save to buy a "forever 21" article of clothing, then use the shopping bag as a purse to carry lunch to work until it falls apart so everybody knows she bought something there. A Starbucks coffee will be sipped all day
I feel that we pay good salaries. A couple can afford to pay off a motorbike as domestic employees which is unheard of. by having a large benefit package ensures the future for the children. paying for education is better than alcohol or cell phone status. the lump sums from copra sales gives them the opportunity to buy bigger purchases that they could never afford by trying to save. pressure from families to give money from monthly salary is high. those few hundred pesos a month they save end up going to pay for a party or someone's debt at a loan shark. we encourage our workers not to share with their families the profit sharing deal. it should be their choice how they spend the money.
i have seen 1st hand most of what OZ has stated above
throw your logic out the window when dealing with 75% of the people in the Philippines
as luck would have it my wife could care less about what label is her jeans or shirt
she would rather stock up on canned goods or build another coops for more chickens
i think she might be a keeper