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How E-Commerce Tax Might Affect Consumers and How to Reduce Its Impact

Ahead of the Singapore government’s budget announcement in February, there has been much talk of rise in GST. Currently, consumers in Singapore are exempt from paying GST when they purchase less than S$400 worth of goods online from overseas vendors. It is widely believed that this exemption will be wiped out in the new budget […]

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Business

3 Steps to Avoid Financial Hangover from Year End Shopping Spree

With all the sales events and holidays that take place from November to December, it’s easy to end up with a big credit card balance by January. For instance, the year end shopping spree has generally increased the consumer credit card debt in Singapore by 5% from September to December in the past 4 years. […]

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The Savvy Gifter – Make Him Happy Without Breaking the Bank

The Savvy Gifter – Make Him Happy Without Breaking the Bank Men are often thrilled with the gifts their wives or girlfriends give them. Savvy women gifters do much more than hit the nail on the head with their choice of the perfect romantic present. They most often find the most perfect price that won’t […]

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Fashion

Next in Tech? Smart Mirror and Apps That Tell You How to Dress

What if we told you that you can have a virtual stylist right at your fingertips? Or that your current mirror is nothing compared to the upcoming smart ones that superimpose the recent trends on your reflection and even place you in a virtual location so you can picture your outfit against a scenario? Well, […]

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Entertainment

You Buy More Clothes and Makeup When You’re Fertile

Why do we shop? We may do it by necessity, especially when we need to buy gifts. Other times, it’s just our need to go on a retail therapy spree when we’re stressed. But have you ever considered how hormones can also affect shopping habits? Racked explains that the women’s purchases are mostly influenced by […]

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Tech

Lord & Taylor will start selling on Walmart.com

 Walmart and Hudson’s Bay-owned department store Lord & Taylor just announced an interesting partnership — Lord & Taylor will start selling its catalog of high-end fashion merchandise on Walmart.com this Spring. Of course this deal doesn’t mean you’ll see designer pants on the same page as $19.97 Wranglers. Instead, Lord & Taylor will have its own… Read More

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7 in 10 people in Southeast Asia scrambled to buy on ‘Singles’ Day’ via their mobiles

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If you hadn’t heard, Saturday’s Singles’ Day sale in China absolutely smashed last year’s already phenomenal record, bringing in $25 billion in a day on a single shopping site — Alibaba Taobao.

Over in Southeast Asia, a quieter storm is brewing, but it’s an important indicator of a market that’s rapidly embracing ecommerce.

Lazada — incidentally majority owned by Alibaba — is of the more popular ecommerce sites that sells across the region comprising countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia. 

Saturday’s sale netted Lazada a pretty respectable $123 million in sales, or 6.5 million items, nearly three times last year’s performance. Read more…

More about Shopping, Alibaba, Taobao, Black Friday, and Singles Day

Business

3 Reasons Why Singaporeans Shouldn’t Be Excited About IKEA’s Online Store Launch

We all dream of having beautiful homes to live in. Since home renovations are often expensive and difficult, most people turn to decorating their homes with gorgeous furniture. But, with beds, sofas, air conditioners and TVs costing thousands of dollars, even this is not easy to do with a limited budget. Given this, it’s understandable why people are so excited about IKEA Singapore’s impending launch of its online store. However, the Swedish brand’s reputation for providing beautiful and affordable furniture doesn’t seem to be supported by evidence, according to our research. Here, we discuss how IKEA can actually be more costly than other online options in Singapore. IKEA isn’t cheap In order to assess whether IKEA actually is cheaper than other further brands, we collected prices and dimensions of 22 different kinds and sizes of furniture like wardrobes, dining tables, sofas, drawers and bed frames. Often, we found that other online furniture stores like Furniture Mart and Forty Two were cheaper or at least competitive to IKEA’s prices. For example, take an example of 3 door wardrobes of similar size and style from all of three of these stores, featured above. We found that IKEA’s product was 60% more expensive than Forty Two’s, and 30% more expensive in terms

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Business

Comparison Of Halloween Costume Rental In Singapore

It is that time of the year again where you get to look for Halloween costume rental in Singapore. It is the season to go crazy and don your best and spookiest attire. You start to think how you can transform yourself from head to toe as you attend some of the best Halloween parties in and around town. You compare notes with friends to even start to plan it with friends and get to dress up as your favorite scary characters. There are a number of activities and events to choose from once Halloween starts to come by in Singapore. To start off, one of the most popular Halloween attraction in Singapore this time of the year is Universal Studios Singapore event. It is arguably one of the best places to be at this time of the year as they offer their latest installment on the Halloween Horror Nights series. From the discounts given during Halloween Horror Nights 6, the seventh installment this year promises to be even better as the park transforms with the help of several haunted houses in the area. They are also set to bring in a lot of talented actors to make the Halloween

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Business

Want the New iPhones? Buying from Telcos vs Apple

Apple’s release of the new iPhones, as always, drew the entire world’s attention to Cupertino. While whether iPhone X is truly revolutionary is being questioned, what is undeniably true is that it is insanely expensive; in Singapore, the iPhone X’s price will start from S$1,648. Despite this astronomical cost, a countless number of Apple fans is expected to skip the iPhone 8 to wait for the iPhone X. To help more people afford these luxury devices, Singapore’s telecom companies (and many others all over the world), have been announcing bundle deals that make these phones available with much lower upfront cost in exchange for committing to a 2-year contract. But are these “deals” really more economical than buying the phone straight from Apple? Bundle deals are more expensive than purchasing directly from Apple By analyzing most comparable plans from each telco in Singapore, we found that 2-year bundle deals are generally more expensive than purchasing a phone directly from Apple and subscribing to a SIM-only plan. Not only that, we observed the gap in cost widened dramatically for data-heavy subscribers. Consider Starhub’s postpaid mobile plans, which make for the easiest comparison between bundle plans and SIM-only plans. For example, its “M” plan is

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Super Hacks For Cyber Shopaholics: How To Save Money When Shopping Online

Super Hacks For Cyber Shopaholics: How To Save Money When Shopping Online The Internet has provided us with a lot of conveniences; with just a flew clicks or taps, you can communicate with your friend living in the other side of the world. You can meet new people, get a job and do your work, and of course, do your regular shopping.   But many do not know that you can make the most of your time and money whenever you shop online.   Stick to sites with free shipping. Not sure what size would actually fit you? This would not be too much of a problem if you opt for free-shipping online shopping sites. This way, you can buy a certain product in more than one size, try them on, and return those that don’t fit well. Just don’t forget to check out the website’s return and exchange policies.   More than that, that $10-20 shipping fee can be used to buy another item or two instead, and if you do a lot of online shopping, these shopping fees combined could actually amount to a lot more.   If there are specialized online shopping sites that you religiously follow

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Smart Hacks For Cyber Shopaholics

The Internet has provided us with a lot of conveniences; with just a flew clicks or taps, you can communicate with your friend living on the other side of the world, meet new people, get a job and do your work, and of course, do your regular shopping. But what many do not know is that there are ways to make the most of your time and money whenever you shop online. Here are some smart hacks for cyber shopaholics: Stick to sites with free shipping. Not sure what size would actually fit you? This would not be too much of a problem if you opt for free-shipping online shopping sites. This way, you can buy a certain product in more than just one size, try them on, and return those that don’t fit well. Just don’t forget to check out the website’s return and exchange policies. More than that, that $10-20 shipping fee can be used to buy another item or two instead, and if you do a lot of online shopping, these shopping fees combined could actually amount to a lot more. If there are specialised online shopping sites that you religiously follow but do not give out

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Business

How To Kick The Shopping Habit And Overcome Overspending

As you go through the results of your search in Amazon, intending to buy that one dress you need for next week’s event, you end up filling your shopping cart with stickers, books, and a week’s worth of office and casual clothes. Walking around that mall that just opened to check out which shops are there and to window shop, not intending to purchase anything, you end the day with your two hands clutching three or more shopping bags from different shops. Sound familiar? You’re not alone!   With the rise of credit cards, massive shopping malls, multitudinous selections, and countless online shopping websites and apps, it is even made more difficult to refrain oneself from adding a few more items to your cart than you originally planned. This is why we have to put more conscious effort on trying to beat the temptations and our tendencies to go swipe our credit cards more often than we planned on doing. Start with some of these ways to avoid overspending. Do your own budgeting. Financial advisors might make out finances quite easy for us, but there are still advantages when you regularly plan your budget on your own. But if you

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