5 tips for making the most of your shopping experience in Singapore
Shopping in Singapore is one of the best experiences you can have when you travel here for a holiday. So it's no surprise that there are many shopping malls all over the island. Each mall offers a unique shopping experience, with a variety of shopping options for all tastes and budgets as well as food, lifestyle and entertainment options under one roof. As a tourist, here are 5 things that you should know when you shop in Singapore.
- November and December are exciting months to be in Singapore with the great Christmas Sale. The annual Christmas light-up begins around November and lights up the streets of Orchard Road, Marina Bay, Gardens By The Bay, City Hall and Bugis Street with dazzling lights and colorful Christmas decorations. During this period, you will also find great promotions and discounts.
Purchases over $100 at participating retailers entitle you to GST refunds if you are leaving Singapore by Seletar or Changi Airport. This is known as the Tourism Refund scheme. Be sure to check whether a shop is participating in the Tourism Refund Scheme with "Tax-Free" shopping logo or sign displayed at the shop or cashier.
Product prices can vary greatly between stores. While the majority of Singapore retailers follow fair business practices, a few errant stores may make the shopping experience less than ideal. Even if the product is on sale, compare prices to ensure you are getting the best deal.
Check the exchange or refund policies before making a payment. Some on-sale items may not be refundable. Request a receipt or invoice, and double-check that the prices and item descriptions are correct to ensure that you do not overpay. For electronic products, you might want to test it before the purchase. And before leaving the store, double-check that you have the correct product in your bag.
If you like to flag inappropriate retailer behaviour, you can call the Singapore Tourism Board at 1800-736-2000 from Monday to Friday (excluding Public Holidays), between 9 am to 6 pm daily or email STB at STB_Feedback@stb.gov.sg.
Enjoy your shopping in Singapore!