Paul Pondadouri, the lead guitarist at Harry’s Bar in the Esplanade provided one of the best explanations for why Singaporeans get ripped off in
Well, to be fair, life in
That got me thinking. Are Singaporeans so obsessed with everything being ‘SO CHEAP,’ that we have become ‘CHEAP.’ Well, let’s start with the defence.
You also have to take into consideration that the system in
So, when you take all this into consideration, it’s no wonder why Singaporeans have become obsessed with things that are CHEAP. The national obsession with CHEAP is particularly evident across the Causeway, when freed from ideas like fines for littering, Singaporeans go utterly wild. Back in the days when
As comical as all of this sound, it does make sound business sense to look for low prices. People who pay more for something just to say that it gives them class are equally as comical as the people who look for things that are SO CHEAP. I once had a good laugh at one of my best friends who paid $70 at Toni & Guy for the hair cut I got in the army barber for $2. He said it made him feel ‘high class,’ but as far as I could see, we both had the same hair cut. Then I look at Han Li, who easily makes over S$15,000 a month but at the same time shops wholesale whenever possible.
However, there is a difference between being CHEAP and smart with money. In the case of
Compare that with
Why can’t we be obsessed with things being SO GOOD instead? Look at
Then there is of course the service industry. You get taxi drivers in