How To Save Money When Shopping in Taiwan
- When you see "6 折", it does not mean 60% off. Rather it means you pay 60% of the price (i.e. you are receiving a 40% discount). So don't be too happy when you see lots of red sales signage with "9 折"... you should scream for joy when you see "1 折"
- I was in NET fashion store in Taipei in one of my recent trips, and chanced upon their "5 折" promotion. When I went nearer to the discount bin, guess what? The signage still states "5 折", but the price-tags on the sale items read "Buy 5 pieces of the sale items to receive a 50% discount". My instant response was to throw what I have on my hands back into the discount bin.
- Convenience stores often have "Buy 2 for $XX" promotions for their beverages. Do note that the discounted price sometimes apply only for the same flavor. Hence do check with the cashier before buying/paying; they are usually quite helpful to advise you.
- In my last trip, I learnt that Watsons (or was it Cosmed?) sell facial masks by pieces even if they are packaged in a box.
How to Save Money Before Your Arrival in Taiwan
- Remember to bring a copy of your flight itinerary and hotel booking. Softcopy on your mobile will do too.
- A word of advice: please call them at 62236546 on the day itself before making your way down. While they are usually open Mondays to Fridays 9am to 5pm, there was this one time when I went all the way there - but only to find out from the security that the association was closed for that day due to a Taiwanese public holiday.
- When calling them, you can also check with the staff what are the freebies available for now, as well as any stock left.