Mass-market clothes can still be good buys in Singapore
High-end items may be pricier here, but shoppers can still find bargains
Published on Mar 11, 2014 8:27 AM
A recent survey found that Singapore is the world's priciest place to buy clothes but it failed to note that some items from mass-market brands are actually cheaper here than elsewhere.
The study by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) focused on expatriates and assumed that they shopped at high-end stores.
And while the finding that high-end shopping costs more here than elsewhere seems valid, most local shoppers do not venture that far upmarket.
High-street brands such as Uniqlo from Japan and H&M from Sweden are popular and, for at least some items, shoppers here seem to be getting a better deal than shoppers overseas.
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Comparing prices of two products
- Women's ultra-stretch jeans from Japanese high-street brand Uniqlo
Singapore - S$59.90
Tokyo - 3,990 yen (S$49)
Paris - €39.90 (S$70)
New York - US$39.90 (S$51)
- The Mini Borough Bag Retro from American luxury brand Coach
Singapore - S$795
Tokyo - 66,150 yen (S$814)
New York - US$378 (S$479)
SOURCE: UNIQLO, COACH INTERNATIONAL WEBSITES