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Gracious Department Store
again most tour buses stop by here whether big groups or small group to encourage you to buy stuff. The store is not that large and it offers mostly perfumes and bags and shirts and other local stuffs but beware, not all they sell are original as some are imitations but they will tell you which is which (they say).
Unique Suggestions: don't buy anything if you are not into buying stuff. The good here are a mix of the real stuff and the imitation stuff and they will tell you which is which.
Fun Alternatives: don't buy if you don't want, just buy at the duty free areas of Changi airport for some duty free items or shop at Orchard Road.
the address is: 38 Carpenter Street 01-01, SINGAPORE, Singapore, 059917
tel no: . (65) 337-006
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It’s not That Cheap
Yes, “sale” sign always attract your attention and work out your credit card.
Later, I found that things are not always cheap. In this case, shopping rule applies. Shop around and compare those prices!!
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Know how much its worth before buying on a frenzy. I heard before of how electronics was much cheaper in Singapore as well as luxury. But I was surprised how sometimes, there is a 25% mark-up over the "normal" price. Once you bargained and agreed on a great deal, you end up paying what it would have cost you at home.
Unique Suggestions: Start 25 below the "normal" price...then bargain down...you will be surprised how they will often agree and still make profit...
Fun Alternatives: smaller's the shop, better it is...
"Branded Sales - up to 80% off"
Beware of signs like that. Even if the sale of Branded Goods (like Gucci, Louis Vuitton etc) are held in a well-known city hotel ballroom/function room. Typically, these are not the genuine article. The sellers will claim these are genuine, but selling for so cheap because there are slight defects.
A S$1000 handbag will be sold for $200, for example. Go in with open eyes. Unless you are willing to pay that kind of price for fake goods.....
Unique Suggestions: Go for the sales knowing how much an imitation should cost. For example, for a Brand X handbag costing S$1000, expect to pay around S$100 for the fake one. Exact replicas of genuine Branded goods should not cost more than 10% of that price, give or take a few dollars, no matter how good and how well the imitation one is done up.
Fun Alternatives: Know your shops! For watches like Omega and Rolex, if you are paying > US$1500 for a watch, you can typically 'bargain' for up to 25% discount, even at big city stores. It is rare though to get 25% off retail unless you know some people, or is a regular patron. Typically, it's 10 - 15%; consider yourself lucky if you get 20%
Apply the same rule for other branded goods, i.e. depending on the place, and the period (e.g. Great Singapore Sale around June/July every year), you should be able to get 10% - 25%
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