Singapore Expats Forum
 

Expats - Don't shop at Hawker Markets

Discuss about the latest news & interesting topics, real life experience or other out of topic discussions with locals & expatriates in Singapore.
User avatar
sundaymorningstaple
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 37357
Joined: Thu, 11 Nov 2004 1:26 pm
Answers: 1
Location: Retired on the Little Red Dot

Post by sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 05 Jun 2012 7:04 am

Aster, ain't that the truth! :)

User avatar
x9200
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 9543
Joined: Mon, 07 Sep 2009 4:06 pm
Location: Singapore

Post by x9200 » Tue, 05 Jun 2012 8:56 am

Isn't it a bit about the comfort of shopping without a constant need of 'knowing' and analysizng the prices? I bet majority of Western tourists have no clue what should be the right price even if it gets down to buying a watermelon.

User avatar
Splatted
Reporter
Reporter
Posts: 899
Joined: Sun, 11 Jul 2004 2:59 am

Post by Splatted » Tue, 05 Jun 2012 4:20 pm

x9200 wrote:Isn't it a bit about the comfort of shopping without a constant need of 'knowing' and analysizng the prices? I bet majority of Western tourists have no clue what should be the right price even if it gets down to buying a watermelon.
whether watermelon or tailor-made trousers.. it always pays to laugh off the first price quoted.

User avatar
BigSis
Chatter
Chatter
Posts: 401
Joined: Sat, 17 Apr 2010 8:30 pm

Post by BigSis » Tue, 05 Jun 2012 6:59 pm

x9200 wrote:Isn't it a bit about the comfort of shopping without a constant need of 'knowing' and analysizng the prices?
it certainly is and TBH I've got better things to do with my time than spend 5 minutes haggling over a bloody melon.

User avatar
taxico
Director
Director
Posts: 3223
Joined: Sat, 10 May 2008 6:05 pm
Location: Existential dilemma!

Post by taxico » Fri, 08 Jun 2012 11:56 pm

i'm sorry to hear about your experience...

my wife's east asian (not china). she has lived here for a good many years and can switch to a local'esque accent when ordering food, especially when using short singlish words.

she sometimes experiences the same "discrimination" when buying from various non-chinese (?) stores, especially when the salesperson is not singaporean and/or chinese.

so what you experienced is NOT unique to non-asians. and it doesn't only happen in singapore.

eg, she once bought indian food from a stall in little india - $15 for takeaway rice and 1 serving of fish and veggies. she scoffed and left in a huff to the stall next door.

vote with your wallet and know that supporting small business is not the same as getting ripped off.

Post Reply
  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post

Return to “General Discussions”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests