Best Gadget Stores in the


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Everybody loves the best and cheap gadget stores, who doesn’t? Cellphones, Headsets, Bluetooth Speakers to name a few from thousands of items listed on your favorite online shops. But amongst these numerous shops and stores, which are exactly selling gadgets on dirt cheap prices?

Buying gadgets online seems to be the best way to bargain, I believe this is because of the Product Movement segment or logistics of the selling process that these stores really cut their prices off. You see, their goods are often direct from the Factory or the Manufacturers or in some cases Bulk Sellers and then sold directly unto their individual customers without storing, moving, transferring and tagging for some period of time in a Warehouse. Of course, Warehouses will charge these product owners some storage fees. There are great long-running online gadget stores in the Philippines that are still at its peak today.

You may rethink the word cheap after reading some reviews of some items on the online markets, but as of the moment here are some of the stores online who offers gadgets and accessories:

# 1 Kim Store

– one of the longest running gadget stores who started from social media that is now operating in their very own website. One of the most responsive stores for customer queries with a wide variety of products specifically gadgets, but a little bit sluggish on gadget warranty. Payment methods include Cash On Delivery, Dragonpay, and Bank Deposits. Delivery Service thru Ninja Van and LBC.


Rating from the web: : 3/5                                         Shopee:  4.7/5



# 2 Pound It


-slowly becoming famous in the online community due to their efficient customer service and has a good store structure with an easy to navigate website. Gadget ranges from Cellphone to any type of Bluetooth speakers. Delivery thru LBC, Ninja van and Xend. Payment via Credit Cards, Debit, and Bank Deposit and Payment Centers. There’s a review section on their page too, and an update every time there is an item sold, well that’s quite a thoughtful idea.


Facebook:  3.7/5                         5/5



# 3 Widget City


-Quite a minimalist approach in their website, though I believe a simple and easy to navigate E-commerce sites always attract traffic due to its easy feature. But their page is actually not so much enticing to customers based on my personal experience with the site. Just a plain, whitish, ebayish approach, overall, the reviews on their site are average to above average based on the customer service and probably given a little period of improvements, they will be a competent online store as well. Payment options includes, Credit Cards, Cash on Delivery(pick-up),Flexi Finance, Home Credit Installment, and Bank Deposit.

Rating: : 1.95/5                                        Picodi  :  4/5



# 4 Into Gadgets


-In my opinion, this online retailer has a good interactive website and very easy to navigate the page. However, there’s a huge con on the product availability, it is somehow minimal compared to the three listed above. I tried to search for specific type of gadgets such as “Bluetooth”, “speaker” and “echo dot” and it shows the same results of “No Result”, I never thought such a very generic and overly used term in e-commerce hence, “Bluetooth” never really came out anything. I don’t wanna speculate things, but I guess being a  new player to the e-commerce industry, they’ll have to catch up with a lot of things.

Rating from the web: :  2.5/5                                              Facebook :  2.6/5


# 5 Latest Gadget


-I will give this site a thumbs up, not because they had excellent customer service whatsoever but simply because, they had a wide range of products available. Their page is average in styling but easy to interact, more of an Alibaba type. Tons of products to choose from and lots of brands, the only downside is that, who could guess? They do not sell a phone. The plethora of gadgets are overwhelming, it’s a haven for cellphone casing, tempered glass, Bluetooth related gadgets, measuring tools and smartwatches, and the list keeps going on. If you’re into gadgets minus the cellphone, then this site is one of the best out there.


Rating from the web: :  4.5/5                                              Facebook :  4.8/5


The following E-commerce platforms and Site are the runners up worth mentioning, you can check them out on the links provided.

# 6 Rock N’ Shop Philippines


-Casual Gadget store, with cool web page design and has a niche on Camera Accessories, Guitar Accessories, and Gadgets, and PC accessories and Gadgets as well.


# 7 Game Xtreme


-An online store for gamers, particularly gaming consoles and other gaming software and accessories. Also sells iPhones, Vivo phones and iPads.

#8 Game One


-Consoles, Games, Laptops, Accessories and more.


For many consumers here in the Philippines, describing the word Best sometimes correlate to the word Cheap. Being budget conscious is the top priority in purchasing items that are beyond the basic needs and commodity. But being next to the basic need, is the need for Communication and Socialization, being one of the top social media and internet users in the world, the Philippines is indeed one of the top prospects for tech industries.








1. Nikon D3300 (20,000Php with 18-55mm lens)

Nikon D3300 DSLR

Megapixels: 24.2
Sensor size: 357 sq. mm
Weight: 15.1 oz.
What we like: Essentially the same image quality as the D3400 for 5,000.00Php less.
What we don’t: Inferior battery life than the D3400.

Despite the release of the newer D3400 below, the D3300 offers essentially the same image and video quality for 5,000.00Php less. All things considered, it’s our favorite entry-level DSLR for 2018, offering 24.2 megapixels of resolution, a fast burst rate of 5 frames-per-second, and the easy-to-use functionality that Nikon is known for. Perhaps most importantly, it’s a tremendous value at less than $400 with a kit lens. The D3400 does have better battery life and low light performance, but we still prefer saving with the older model.

Keep in mind that the 18-55mm kit lens sold with the D3300 is good but not great. You can add a 55-200mm as part of a two-lens kit, which will have you covered all the way from wide angle to telephoto. But those who progress in their photography may eventually want to add a specialty prime or zoom at your favorite focal lengths. For more features including improved autofocus, see the Nikon D5000 series below.

2. Canon EOS Rebel T7i (42,000Php with 18-55mm lens)

Canon Rebel T7i DSLR camera

Megapixels: 24.2
Sensor size: 332 sq. mm
Weight: 18.8 oz.
What we like: Features and functionality can’t be beat, particularly for video shooters.
What we don’t: Pricey and a bit heavy.

At the top of Canon’s popular Rebel lineup sits the T7i, which was new for last year and absolutely flush with features and functionality. Compared to its predecessor, the Rebel T6i below, you get a newer image processor, an improved sensor (the same as the enthusiast Canon 80D), superior autofocus, a faster burst rate, and better battery life, among other features. For everything from stills to videos, the Rebel T7i is the whole package in an entry-level DSLR.

The reason we have the Canon Rebel T7i ranked second is price: 42,000.00 Php is quite high for the entry-level category, and particularly for those buying their first DSLR or with the intention of upgrading as their photography skills improve. But it’s hard to argue against the hardware and feature set, which push the T7i more into the entry-level plus category. If you can afford it, this camera should not disappoint.

3. Nikon D5300 (25,500.00Php with 18-55mm lens)

Nikon D5300 DSLR camera

Megapixels: 24.2
Sensor size: 366 sq. mm
Weight: 17 oz.
What we like: A step above the D3000 series.
What we don’t: No touchscreen functionality.

We are reaching far back into Nikon’s lineup with the D5300, which is not one but two generations old. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing: it has the same resolution as the newer versions—the D5600 and D5500—and doesn’t sacrifice all that much in terms of features. The D5300 doesn’t have touchscreen functionality, and battery life and low light performance have improved on more recent models. But the nuts and bolts are surprisingly similar, and this oldie but goodie is a steal at less than 2,500.00Php with a kit lens.

One of the biggest hurdles in choosing the Nikon D5300 will be availability. Some DSLR models that are multiple generations old stick around for a while, but usually retailers eventually clear them out for newer versions. As of spring 2018, the D5300 still is sold new at a number of online retailers. Grab one while you can as supply certainly will continue to dwindle.

4. Canon EOS Rebel T6 (26,000.00Php with 18-55mm lens)

Canon Rebel T6 DSLR camera

Megapixels: 18
Sensor size: 332 sq. mm
Weight: 17.1 oz.
What we like: Considerably cheaper than the “i” series.
What we don’t: In the price range, we still prefer the Nikon D3400.

Cameras like the Rebel T7i and T6i are packed with features, but there are less expensive options in Canon’s entry-level line. The Rebel T6 (no “i”) is a stripped down version with fewer megapixels and a simpler autofocus system. It also has a fixed rear LCD that doesn’t tilt, less ISO sensitivity in low light, and the camera comes with an inferior kit lens. But at around $450 with an 18-55mm lens, the T6 gets you out the door with a current entry-level DSLR from one of the best in the business.

Who should buy the Canon Rebel T6? It’s a viable budget option for those who plan on shooting mostly still photography. Many of the features of the T7i and T6i including the tilting LCD and STM kit lenses are designed with video in mind, and therefore aren’t huge sacrifices for those capturing stills. However, we don’t like the drop in megapixels, which makes the Nikon D3400 below a more attractive option at the $450 price point.

5. Nikon D3400 (25,000.00Php with 18-55mm lens)

Nikon D3400 DSLR camera

Megapixels: 24.2
Sensor size: 366 sq. mm
Weight: 13.9 oz.
What we like: All that most beginners need in a DSLR.
What we don’t: Only minor improvements over the D3300 yet 5,000.00Php more.

Last year, Nikon released the D3400, which takes the reigns as their flagship entry-level DSLR. As we mentioned above, it’s very similar to the older D3300, including a 24.2-megapixel image sensor, Full HD 1080p video functionality, and a host of automatic shooting modes that make this camera easy to use straight out of the box. All in all, it’s a great starter option for those new to the world of DSLRs.

What improvements did Nikon make on the D3400? The battery life is considerably better, although it does come at the expense of the flash, which is weaker on the newer model thereby saving power. It also has better ISO sensitivity, which matters if you plan on shooting indoors at night or in other low light scenarios. And the D3400 comes with Nikon’s SnapBridge technology for transferring images and videos to your smartphone via Bluetooth. This isn’t technically wireless, however, which still requires a WU-1a wireless adapter ($39 and sold separately).

6. Canon EOS Rebel T5 (18,500.00Php with 18-55mm lens)

Canon Rebel T5 DSLR camera

Megapixels: 18
Sensor size: 332 sq. mm
Weight: 15.3 oz.
What we like: Bargain basement price.
What we don’t: Poor autofocus and slow burst rate.

At the bottom of Canon’s entry-level DSLR line is the Rebel T5. This camera isn’t loaded with features by any means, but is available for a bargain basement of less than 20,000.00Php with a kit lens, making it the cheapest option on this list. Why is it so inexpensive? First, the rear LCD screen doesn’t have touch functionality nor does it swivel. Second, the T5 has a slower burst rate than the T5i at 3 fps instead of 5 fps. Finally, the autofocus isn’t as advanced with only 1 cross-type focus point. But we love the price, which is comparable to some point-and-shoots that don’t offer nearly the same image quality.

If you’re comparing the T5 to the newer T6 above, the latter adds Wi-Fi and NFC to the mix along with a higher resolution LCD screen. We think the extra money probably is worth it, but if you don’t need connectivity, the T5 is a fine choice.

CHEAP vs Entry-Level

What Makes a Great Entry-Level DSLR?

An Easy-to-Use Interface
A key component of an entry-level DSLR is a user-friendly interface that allows you to start shooting great photos out of the box. Both Canon and Nikon are known for having exactly that and the two leading camera manufacturers have been honing the functionality of their entry-level DSLRs for decades. First, these cameras have large and bright LCD screens that are easy to navigate, with most newer models offering touchscreens. Second, the menu itself is easy for beginners to understand and accomplish everything they need to from viewing and uploading photos to changing camera settings. Third, and more on this below, the cameras have a number of automatic shooting modes for a range of subjects and conditions.

Automatic Shooting Modes
Entry-level DSLRs have a wide range of automatic shooting modes that can make the camera function like a point-a-shoot when you need it to. For example, the Nikon D3400 has the following automatic shooting modes: portrait, landscape, child, sports, close up, and night portrait. Instead of worrying about settings like shutter speed, exposure, and ISO, a simple dial on the top of the camera allows for quick composition in common scenarios with ideal camera settings for each. In addition, entry-level DSLRs have an “Auto” shooting mode that you can use for any situation. Most beginner DSLRs also have manual controls as well for those who want to experiment.

You might observe the prices aren’t actually cheap for a good quality DSLR camera, the first thing I consider in choosing a cheap dslr camera is the performance, second would then be the price. These brands are the cheapest good cameras out there in the market, and you can’t go wrong with these brands. Even for a beginner, don’t want to end in a disappointment just because your camera doesn’t give you what you are expecting.

Are you a photography hobbyist? Then this job is definitely worth a try:

Top Ten Most Collectible Coins in the





Here is the list for the most collectible and perhaps most valuable coins found or being used in the Philippines. Try to look at these coins for you might have these coins hiding in your basement for years, so good luck for your coin hunting:


1903 s fifty centavos has it legend to be very rare amongst USPI coins series in all denomination. According to its value could reach up to $10000 in average circulation condition due to its rarity of having 2 pcs only were known to exist.(photo shown are private collections of Mr. Cecil Hodreal,Phils.)



1905s one peso is one of the most common one peso of USPI series, next only to 1903s, yet still valuable due to its silver content of 90% and its historical value, a bit bigger and higher silver content compared to later dates 1907-1912 one peso coins. The monetary value in Philippine peso depend on the condition of these coins, the estimated minimum value for a worn out condition is around 850 to 950 pesos.


1906s one peso are said to be the king of all USPI series coins, i wonder why it reachest highest value to the collectors wherein there are 201,000 pieces were minted. Though 250 pieces are known to exist since most of this coins brought back to US to be melted during the war. I’ve seen one of these sold in ebay for easy $15325 EF grade.


This is the most sought after 10 centavos Alfonso, a bit lower mintage compare to other years.


A very beautiful coin with some nice luster, from a private collection of Mr. Hodreal. Carolus coins are one of the most collected coins of Spanish-Phils series, you cant hardly seen one in this condition in auctions because collectors would rather sell it in a rocket price or keep it. The image of King Charles in this coins are superb that suggests Supreme Authority, which adds to the eye appeal for collectors.

dos mundos

Dos mundos coins or commonly called Pillar Dollars, were once commonly used coinage in the Philippines during the years wherein Bust Type coins are not yet introduced in new world colonies of spain. Collectors always looking for this beautiful coins due to its exoticity.


Provisional Government coins of Spain with reclining coin, some of this coins had “Gobierno Provisional” instead of ESPANA and carries more value than this one, also a star with number inside carries premium.


Probably the most common gold coinage being used in the Philippines, comes in 3 denominations, 1Peso, 2Peso, and 4Peso.


Perhaps the collectible coin from the US is this one, a Morgan Dollar, cc or Carson City mints were said to be all collectibles and carries more premium than other mints, these dollar coins are also being counterfeited and I can even see some of these fake coins being sold in flea markets in the Philippine provinces. Legit Morgan Dollars are being priced in the street markets for around 800 to 1500 pesos on regular dates and with worn to average conditions.


RARE COINS from Spanish/Pre-Spanish ERA

photo courtesy of Pinoy Kollektor


The first historically documented copper coin made in the Philippines was the barrilla dated  1766. At that time, Don Domingo de la Sierra, senior regidor of the municipal council, requested authorization to produce these coins because of the scarcity of minor coinage in Manila. Sierra’s request was granted, with the stipulation that only 5000 pesos’ worth should be coined, and that these should be used only for petty payments. The coin is a small round copper, approximately 18 mm. in diameter. The design on the obverse is that of a castle within a circle in the center and’ a crown on top, and the legend around reads: “CIUDAD D MAN. 1766″. The reverse bears a crowned shield with a sea lion holding up a sword. The number” 1″ is on the right of the shield, and on the left is the monogram “BA “, which can be interpreted as interlaced letters “B” and “A”, or “B”, “A”, and “R”. This coin had the value of one grana of a tomin, or 1/1 2th of a rea/. (The tomin was 1/8 of a peso, or equivalent to one real, and divisible into 12 granos).


photo courtesy of Scott Semans

# 2 PILONCITOS(Gold coinage)

Piloncitos is the earliest form of precious metal based currency of the Philippines. It is likely made of pure gold with a weight ranging between .5 grams to more or less than 3 grams. In my opinion, this could be one of the rarest coins in the world.

Piloncitos is not exclusively found in the Philippines as most collectors and local historians have agrees. Similar type of gold can be found in some regions of Indonesia which they call massa.

The earliest written account of Piloncitos was made by our national hero, Jose Rizal himself. According to Rizal, he found the gold nugget while tilling the soil of Dapitan. He himself coined the word piloncitos, which basically describe the coin’s unusual shape. They are round and stamped with what looks like the pre-Spanish baybayin character “ma,” leading historians to guess that it could be short for “Ma-I.

Even before the Thai moved southward from their original home in China, the lucrative sea trade between the South China Sea and the Bay of Bengal established several maritime empires such as Sailendra-Srivijaya and Majapahit, which controlled coastal areas of modern Indonesia, Burma, Malaya, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

In an era before coined money was widely used, Indo-Pacific beads were made first at a site called Aakmidu in South India ca. 200 BC. The manufacture then moved in sequence to Ceylon, South Thailand, Java and finally Malaya. By about 1200-1300 AD the larger Majopahit beads, excavated today in the interior of Java, had supplanted it. Since these factory sites have been dated, archaeologists now use the beads to date sites, though whether beads rose to the level of metals, salt, cloth, and cowries as “standard” trade goods is uncertain.

Below is the highest valued Philippine coins sold at Heritage Auctions: