This pair of Levi’s 514 jeans costs $219 in Singapore. Perhaps a little less with the GSS on, but probably it’s still going to be over $150. I find this horribly expensive to pay for a pair of jeans. I bought this very same pair of Levi’s Jeans at $39.76. This is just a fraction of what you’d have to pay in Singapore stores. Can you guess where did I get the jeans?
Not in Singapore of course. Levi’s jeans are just too overpriced in SIngapore. It is so much cheaper in the US. I don’t know about other countries. In the US, it is not even like you have to travel hour to go to some factory outlet in the middle of nowhere. Yes, while I was in Orlando last week, I headed down to Florida Mall, and at Macy’s, I found this 514 jeans selling for US$28.96 after tax, which comes up to about S$39.76.
An awful discount, so much that I bought two pairs. (I would have wanted to buy more, but I already had too many things to cart back to Singapore.)
Some of the retail clothing in Singapore are just way too overpriced. It’s not just Levi’s, but many other brands as well. I bought a GAP jeans for under US$30 in a previous trip. It was something I bought from a downtown SF store.
Many many years ago, I had the idea that the good discounts were only at the factory outlets located in the middle of nowhere. They are no doubt cheaper, but I had found out that it only costs like a few dollars more in a downtown shop. There was really no point to go through the inconvenience of having to get out of town.
There are other things apart from clothing that are also overpriced in Singapore. For example, a battery for my MacBook 13.3″ costs S$232 in Singapore, but the equivalent of S$188 when purchased in the US. Exactly the same product.
With a globalized economy, online shopping, and declining international shipping rates… I certainly hope prices in Singapore start to make sense.
With a Levi’s jeans costing under $40, who wants to buy Giordano anymore?