What is the general price of goods in Singapore vs. the US?

Discuss about life in Singapore. Ask about cost of living, housing, travel, etiquette & lifestyle. Share experience & advice with Singaporeans & expat staying in Singapore.
Post Reply
User avatar
Calmday
Chatter
Chatter
Posts: 292
Joined: Mon, 02 Nov 2009 10:46 pm
Location: Jurong

What is the general price of goods in Singapore vs. the US?

Post by Calmday » Sat, 26 Dec 2009 9:50 am

What is the general price of goods in Singapore vs. the US? The reason that I ask is that we are moving there the first of March and are trying to figure out what to bring and what to just buy there. A couple of specific items are a high end running stroller and a good camera.
Every place that we have lived has been significantly more expensive than the US.
When my wife got pregnant in Brazil it was cheaper for us to spring for a trip home, buy everything that we needed and bring it back to Rio with us.


Thanks in advance

ilovemexmany
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 18
Joined: Wed, 11 Nov 2009 4:45 pm

Post by ilovemexmany » Mon, 28 Dec 2009 1:16 am

Just moved here a few weeks ago from the US, so can let you know how I think it compares. I think most normal goods, like veggies, meat, fruits, bread, milk, etc., it's comparable to the US. This means, if it's USD1, it's about SGD1 or even maybe a little cheaper. But, it definitely depends on what you are buying. Imported items like some cheeses, yogurt, cured meats, olive oil, etc., those are definitely more expensive. My take on those items is that it's your equivalent of converted SGD prices, plus an additional mark-up, that varies based on the goods.

I think everything else is pretty expensive in SG. For some of the items that I have looked at so far in SG:

Moisturizer: USD30 in US, SGD75 in SG
Levi Jeans: USD75 in US, SGD150-170 in SG
Havaianas flip-flops: USD15 in US, SGD40 in SG
Cellphone plans: USD75 in US, SGD200+ in SG (for equivalent plans, i.e. same amount of minutes, data usage, texts, etc.)

You can do the math on these items.

User avatar
Calmday
Chatter
Chatter
Posts: 292
Joined: Mon, 02 Nov 2009 10:46 pm
Location: Jurong

Post by Calmday » Tue, 29 Dec 2009 9:57 pm

Thanks for your reply. The size of our shipment will be limited but It sound like we might need to do a little shopping before we move.

irvine
Chatter
Chatter
Posts: 312
Joined: Mon, 15 Dec 2008 2:53 pm

Post by irvine » Wed, 30 Dec 2009 8:47 am

Almost everything is available in Singapore, some perhaps at a premium. However, there are substitutes available if you look around.

Space may be limited in Singapore housing though so you may consider that also.

User avatar
adione
Regular
Regular
Posts: 71
Joined: Mon, 28 Dec 2009 11:04 am
Location: east

Post by adione » Wed, 30 Dec 2009 4:16 pm

I relocated here from Italy 1 year ago and decided not to ship anything,
it cost a lot and not really worth it...
unless you're talking about sentimental value.

I think it'd be easier to get the stuff when u get in SG, didn't understand if u already have settle the housing part...
it's a good idea to stay light on luggage until u find the proper place.

If u need to save money u can look at second-hand stuff, there're lot of stuff and often in good condition (I often check the local gumtree website before going for the new one).

As already said above, imported food is pricey; in my case I get easily used to local food and from time to time I ask someone to bring some food from Italy (like when colleagues comes in a business trip).
Electronic goods aren't pricer, I think nowadays the globalization brought same prices worldwide; there're little differences based on the applicable axes (e.g. in Italy the GST is 19%, here only 7%)

Again, my suggestion is: don't bring with u lot of stuff and wait to be here and better understand ur need :)

Post Reply
  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post

Return to “Staying, Living in Singapore”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests