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04 Jan 2023  (459 Views) 
Out of the box

Price and quality of durian
There is a Chinese saying - the price that you pay reflects the quality of the goods.

This may be generally true, but it is not always the case. You may get the same quality, but you pay a higher price because the vendor knows that you are not familiar with the market. 

I quote this example. 

I inspected the price of the top grade durian (musang king, black thorn) sold in Ang Mo Kio town center. A stall sells 3 boxes for $50. Another sells 2 boxes for $50. The quality and quantity appears to be the same. The customer can pick the boxes. 

At a shop near my home (quite far away the town center), the price is $40 for each box. 

Of course, the price changes according to the season and the supply and demand in the market.

In the above example, I am quoting three prices for similar quality of durian being sold on the same day. 

I do not believe in paying more for the same product, in the blind belief that a higher price is for better quality.

I apply the same principle when I buy other products.

Tan Kin Lian


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