Panama Shopping – the Doit Center

A lot of people wonder how it is in Panama. Can you buy the things you need? What is available here? Let me assure you that here in David, we lack for nothing. the Doit Center is only one of the stores similar to Lowe’s or Home Depot. Another is located across the street, and a couple others are down the highway.

The hardest thing about taking these photos was the number of employees in the store. I didn’t want to get in trouble for taking pictures so I tried to stay out of sight (and that is my excuse for the quality of some of the photos). Unlike many stores in the US, you won’t have any trouble finding someone to help you. If they see you in their department they will often approach you and offer assistance.

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Are you dizzy yet, with all that stuff? 😀

We have been very happy with the quality of things we have bought at Doit. They seem to have good mid-range items, and offer a good selection. I’ve seen appliances for a lot less at smaller local shops, and for a lot more at high end stores and even at PriceMart. The tools seems good, and we’ve bought some that were much less expensive that we expected. They have done the jobs we needed around the house without a problem. Since we can find pretty much everything we need for a house, the staff is nice and helpful, and the store is close to home, this has become our go to store for most things.

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About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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11 Responses to Panama Shopping – the Doit Center

  1. cindy knoke says:

    It’s like wal mart + homedepot but I bet the prices are better!

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    • Kris says:

      Yes it is, and you can get some things for less, especially less well known brands. But in general things are about the same as in the US. Where you really save big in Panama is housing and food, and other daily expenses like water, trash, public transportation, etc.

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  2. oldsalt1942 says:

    It amuses me how people in the States seem to think we’ve dropped off the face of the earth down here. There is a local forum I read with people asking “what should I bring with me from the States? Evil guy that I am I always say “Bring EVERYTHING YOU CAN. Fill as many containers full of stuff from the States as you can afford to ship.” I hope they go broke doing it. Then there are the people who write that all you can buy down here is cheap, shoddy crap from China, and I wonder how the stuff here differs from the cheap, shoddy crap from China that’s stocked on store shelves in the States?

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    • Kris says:

      Well we are in a third world country, ya know 😉
      I suppose it all depends on how attached you are to your “stuff”, and how much you want to spend to ship it. I’m the nice guy who tells them to bring as little as possible, a suitcase or two, and money to buy what you need. They usually don’t listen though.

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  3. Oh, we need a Doit Center in Nicaragua. We still are sadly lacking in modern building supplies. Love the pictures. I’m drooling. lol

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  4. indacampo says:

    Have to say that DoIt is one of Eric’s favorite places, even if he has to drive the hour to Chitre for it. We have a Moreno’s in town and a couple of hardware stores that work for some things. There are also a couple of hardware stores in Las Tablas and now there’s a Cochez!

    I have to say also, that yes, we did bring a 20 foot container but it was part of Eric’s retirement benefits so all we had to pay for was the customs clearance. I think if it had been our cost we would have just shipped a few boxes of personal items. We had space in the container and we bought all our appliances here. When I hear of people shipping two or three forty foot containers I wonder what they are bringing and how much of it will end up going mouldy. 🙂

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  5. joeltc1 says:

    They have sales that can really save you money and a very good selection of tools, I was indeed surprised. The receipts have “Ace International Hardware” at the top of the receipts. I LOVE that store!!!

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