Gilmore is an Avenue in Quezon City (part of New Manila) that is best known for cheap computers and peripherals. If you want to save money in your computer purchases, take a safe trip to Gilmore and be amazed.
Located just below LRT 2 Gilmore Station is a street with malls and stores that purely sell computers (laptops, desktops), accessories and software. If you ever have been to Hidalgo in Manila, imagine the same look of the street only this time, it’s computers and not cameras.
There are big and small computer stores in Gilmore Ave. IT Center is the biggest mall in the avenue and it holds three floors of computer stores. Outside the mall are more stores.
I cannot forget when Microsoft Windows had a massive promotion in the area. I was scouting for my Vaio’s memory when some Windows promoters handed me refreshments with the Windows logo. They were giving away freebies, which I gladly refused for reasons I cannot remember.
I bought my sister’s netbook (she named ‘Sheenah’) in Gilmore. It was 17,500 if paid in straight cash. I checked the mall price and it was a little above 20,000. I got it for 17,500 with lots of freebies.
Stores in Gilmore accept credit cards but give big discounts to those who pay in cold cash. My strategy is to act as if I have the whole money in my pocket and that I’m ready to buy something right away. Sellers become excited with that and hence will make bargains. You can haggle.
Many would complain that Gilmore isn’t very accessible. Well, not really.
There are only three ways I know of getting there (from south):
1. Via EDSA: Via MRT/LRT 2 – Take the MRT northbound to Cubao. From Gateway, take the LRT 2 (southbound) to Gilmore Stn.
2. Via EDSA: Bus/LRT 2 – Take the bus to Cubao Farmer’s (usual city buses from Baclaran to North Ave), then go to Gateway Mall and take the LRT 2 southbound to Gilmore Station.
3. Via Pasay/Manila: LRT 1/LRT 2 – Take the LRT 1 northbound to Doroteo Jose Station. Take the long walkway (near FEU) to LRT 2 Recto Station (terminal station) From there, take the LRT 2 northbound to Gilmore Ave.
If you don’t want to take the risk, take the cab. It will pass by shortcuts. From Makati, it will probably take the Zamora Bridge to Sta. Mesa and go straight to Gilmore. Just a precaution: as much as possible take the cab from Gilmore (if you already purchased anything) to a safer place. Snatchers and robbers still find computers attractive.
Be sure that when you go to Gilmore, you already know what you’re looking for. Some fixers there will give you more options and it’s best for you to have a fair knowledge of what you need so you’ll be ready to be bombarded with other deals.
Gilmore is a haven to those computer users with the longing to save. Do not worry about products being pirated or non-legit; you can always check the authenticity, plus, scammers in Gilmore will get caught easily.
So come down to Gilmore for some techie adventure.