The source

I just bought a can of paint from a corner hardware store. It cost me $20 for 1 litre of paint.

Back in the mall near my office there’s a Home Fix It store, it’s a fairly large chain and they’re in most malls nowadays. The same paint but at a smaller 400ml sized tin costs $26 instead.

That’s almost a 200% markup from the price I got from the more traditional hardware store.

Being in Singapore though, most stuff I buy here is often marked up in price because it’s imported. As a result almost no one knows the actual value of stuff excepted the inflated price.

It makes me wish that I could somehow go to the source and see for myself how much of a sucker I’m being taken for living in this country of no natural resources. But I doubt I’d like what I see.

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