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Where in SG prices can be pushed up beyond limits?

Postby Sergei82 » Mon, 01 Apr 2013 10:04 am

Just thinking about life in Singapore again... Since Singapore is a small country, number of choices in certain things may be restricted, as everybody knows. If something gets expensive, you still have no choice but to buy it, otherwise you have to leave Singapore.
Just want to list down all those "things" in Singapore for which prices can be pushed up until all disposable income and savings of common people are eliminated (assuming they stay in Singapore).

1) accommodation (no choice, or leave)
2) education (you want to stay - you can send your chiild abroad, but for yourself - no choice)
3) transportation (still 20x40 kilometers, can't just walk)
4) alcohol/tobacco (taxes)
5) utilities

...please, somebody help me continue the list or prove me being wrong :)

I did not put food and clothing in that list since those can be easily imported.

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Postby crazy_beans » Mon, 01 Apr 2013 10:25 am

Water. It's either tap with recycled sewage or pay a thousand times more for bottled water.

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Postby nakatago » Mon, 01 Apr 2013 11:29 am

Food, now that foreigners are being decimated.

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Postby Barnsley » Mon, 01 Apr 2013 11:33 am

Latest smartphone :D
Life is short, paddle harder!!

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Postby rajagainstthemachine » Mon, 01 Apr 2013 11:46 am

Quality Television or the lack there off - watch starhub/singtel or die
To get there early is on time and showing up on time is late

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Postby nakatago » Mon, 01 Apr 2013 11:54 am

Barnsley wrote:Latest smartphone :D


Now that you've mentioned it, things (electronics, branded goods, etc) we complain about being expensive may become even more expensive since the cost of distributing/warehousing will most probably rise and add some overhead.

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Postby rajagainstthemachine » Mon, 01 Apr 2013 12:02 pm

This is how I feel about things here right now.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzOZLXTfV6g
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Postby Sergei82 » Mon, 01 Apr 2013 12:12 pm

nakatago wrote:
Barnsley wrote:Latest smartphone :D


Now that you've mentioned it, things (electronics, branded goods, etc) we complain about being expensive may become even more expensive since the cost of distributing/warehousing will most probably rise and add some overhead.

Those cannot go up indefinitely bacause you can always order cheaper at Amazon. Food is the same - you can import, not as many restrictions yet.

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Postby Sergei82 » Mon, 01 Apr 2013 12:14 pm

I mean things that can go REALLY high in prices, and you can't do anything to avoid buying them (other than leaving Singapore).

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Postby Sergei82 » Mon, 01 Apr 2013 12:20 pm

Barnsley wrote:Latest smartphone :D

Even locals are doing smartphones already. Competition is there. Cannot get crazily expensive.

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Postby BillyB » Mon, 01 Apr 2013 1:37 pm

Sergei82 wrote:I mean things that can go REALLY high in prices, and you can't do anything to avoid buying them (other than leaving Singapore).


Health insurance. You can't even get cover past the age of 65 if you are a foreigner.

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Postby JR8 » Mon, 01 Apr 2013 1:47 pm

WTF Batam doesn't 'come on down;, is beyond me....



Look: Here is : $1000 cash, grab it.
Them: Huh. What . What do I do?


If Batam got it's shit in gear, SG would be finished.

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Postby Expat_guy » Mon, 01 Apr 2013 3:22 pm

May I say Gaylang... as the cost of living is increasing, most of the guys stay alone here...

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Re: Where in SG prices can be pushed up beyond limits?

Postby Wd40 » Mon, 01 Apr 2013 5:29 pm

Sergei82 wrote:Just thinking about life in Singapore again... Since Singapore is a small country, number of choices in certain things may be restricted, as everybody knows. If something gets expensive, you still have no choice but to buy it, otherwise you have to leave Singapore.
Just want to list down all those "things" in Singapore for which prices can be pushed up until all disposable income and savings of common people are eliminated (assuming they stay in Singapore).

1) accommodation (no choice, or leave)
2) education (you want to stay - you can send your chiild abroad, but for yourself - no choice)
3) transportation (still 20x40 kilometers, can't just walk)
4) alcohol/tobacco (taxes)
5) utilities

...please, somebody help me continue the list or prove me being wrong :)

I did not put food and clothing in that list since those can be easily imported.


Typically when I break down my basic costs, it is rent+others. The 'others' part of the expense is just half of my rent.

So if you take care of rent, everything else falls in place. No matter how high other costs are, its never going to get to a point that will make you change your decision of staying here.

Rent is the make or break

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Postby movingtospore » Mon, 01 Apr 2013 8:38 pm

BillyB wrote:
Sergei82 wrote:I mean things that can go REALLY high in prices, and you can't do anything to avoid buying them (other than leaving Singapore).


Health insurance. You can't even get cover past the age of 65 if you are a foreigner.


For real? How can that be legal? Ahhhhh.


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