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Singapore Shopping Tips

Before hitting the stores, it 's best to equip you with information on local practices and conditions. A detailed list of shops for specific items can be found in the Buying Guide directory placed in most hotel rooms. Check local newspapers for their sales and promotions. A city maps are available from your hotel concierge and will help you move around the island. The following information must do your shopping without concern and even more enjoyable.

Opening Times :
Most stores and shopping malls are open daily from 10 am to 9 pm. During festive seasons, shopping is extended to 11 hours or midnight. Some stores on certain holidays, and a couple of days per year for each year or record functions.

Prices and Bargains :
Fixed prices and marking are the norm in many department stores and retail outlets. Compare prices before buying. From Negotiation is a fast disappearing way of life. But if you have met the stores that are open to negotiation - begin by asking the retailer for its best price , then against a realistic proposal. Be ready for some back and forth before settling on a price that you and the retailer are happy. If you wish, check local newspapers for an approximate indication of prices to expect.

Credit / Charge cards
Almost all major shopping malls and shops accept major credit cards without extra surcharges to don 't let anyone fool you into paying extra for using plastic.

Money Changers :
Using money exchange labelled approved Change , found in abundance along Orchard Road and at most major shopping malls. You May also change your money in a bank, but the rates are not as preferable.

Sales :
Sales is one of the most overused words on the Singapore shopping scene. May you find pre-festival sales post-festival sales, and closure sales, which seem to last forever. Then there are the Great Singapore Sale , which is on from June to July of each year, where almost all shops will keep the neck to offer their best deals.

Deposits :
For some operations, May it may be wise to leave a deposit and only pay the full amount when the product is finished and is to your satisfaction. An example would be tailor-made or tailored clothing.

Goods and Services Tax (GST) :
A 3 per cent of goods and services tax (GST) is levied on virtually all goods and services. It is noteworthy that the tax applies only to GST registered. Look for the registration certificate which is usually near the body. Some retailers will absorb the GST, and most small shops do not collect GST.

Delivery :
Most major stores offer delivery services if you spend over a certain amount or if you 're willing to pay an additional delivery. Some stores offer the possibility of an all-risk insurance policy to cover the good for damage or loss in transit.

Exchanges and refunds :
Most major retailers exchange goods if they are intact and if you return them within a few days (usually 3) with the reception. Some smaller stores May not be conciliatory, so always check the goods before buying. Refunds are less frequent. Some retailers (such as casual clothing store Giordano) offer a money-back guarantee, no questions asked. Other (at some point in their promotional efforts) will offer a refund if you can find the same item elsewhere for less

Delivery :
Most major stores offer delivery services if you spend over a certain amount or if you 're willing to pay an additional delivery. Some stores offer the possibility of an all-risk insurance policy to cover the good for damage or loss in transit.

Final word : About Bringing items home :
All weapons, including swords and knives you bought souvenirs, require an export permit issued by the Singapore Department weapons and explosives.
 
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