PriceMart in David, Panama

Now and then when we are out, I’ll take my camera so you can see what we have available here. This is our PriceMart, similar to a Costco in the US. These photos were taken while trying not to be seen by the staff, so excuse the quality of some of them.

PriceMart tends to sell large quantities, especially food items. There are only two of us so anything perishable or too bulky to fit in the house doesn’t work for us. We have bought some tables, pots and pans, other household things, nonperishable items like cleaning supplies and snacks, and the prices on liquor, beer, and wine are better than in the supermarket. I don’t buy meat and fish, or produce since I’ve found better prices elsewhere.

We were told that if you see something you want, buy it because it may not be there tomorrow. This is true! We found a good deal on corn chips that we liked. One day we went and there were none, and they didn’t return for weeks. This sort of thing isn’t unusual in Panama, and it’s not just PriceMart. There was a time when there was no sour cream in any of the supermarkets, and when it showed up again it was only in 2 pound containers.

These photos don’t even cover everything they sell, but they should give you some idea of what it’s like. One thing we like about living in David is having so many things close to us.

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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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10 Responses to PriceMart in David, Panama

  1. Allison says:

    I saw on Rachael Ray show years ago a man that shops at Costco, Sam’s and BJ’s here in the States. He made note that if an item at Costco ends in .97, it is at the bottom most price you will see it at and the item is getting cleared out. And it there is an asterisk by the price, this is the last you will see the item (it is on its way out and not being reordered). Your pictures and the fact that if you don’t buy it now, it will be gone are very familiar to us here. Do they have samples in Price Smart lol? I seriously doubt this. But this is why we go! To eat our way through the store. Thanks for putting yourself out there and taking those pictures!


    • Kris says:

      Really! I wonder if they code things like that here. I think they just run out and things don’t get restocked quickly, or they get a one time shipment of something.
      Yes, they have samples here. Usually there are at least a half dozen people quietly standing at tables in case you want to try what they offer. It’s funny, they never approach you or push anything on you, and it seems like they must spend almost all their time just standing there. I’d be bored to death!


  2. joeltc1 says:

    Muchas cosas buenas!!!


  3. indacampo says:

    LOL! We bought our membership card last May when we moved here. I think we managed to use it three or four times in the last year and of course it has expired. As there are only two stores in the country, one in David and one in the city and both are five hours away we haven’t bought a new membership. Do I miiss the big stores? Sometimes. I live vicariously through your post today my dear blogging friend. Maybe we’ll get up that way soon and renew our membership. 🙂


    • Kris says:

      Ya know, if I went with you and flashed my card on the way in… I’d have to show it again at checkout though, but if you used cash instead of a credit card so we wouldn’t have to worry about the names matching… it should work! There’s even an ATM in the store. I’m getting pretty creative about getting you to come visit, eh? 😀


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