Thursday, December 28, 2006

NTUC Fairprice Xtra Opens Today

NTUC's first hypermart opens today in Ang Mo Kio Hub and it is seeing a lot of people visiting it out of curiosity.

While NTUC Fairprice is a co-operative, shoppers must keep in mind that only specific necessities are price controlled and lowest prices are not a given for other items. I experienced this first hand today when I compared the prices of a washing machine. While it goes at $399 at both Fairprice Xtra and Courts, there are some glaring differences:

  • No installation
  • Free delivery
  • Delivery in 1 week
  • 3 years warranty
  • $30 vouchers from manufacturer


  • Installation
  • Delivery charges of $29.90
  • Delivery in 3 days
  • 3 years warranty
  • $30 vouchers from manufacturer
  • Additional $50 vouchers

Apple for apple comparison, buying at Courts will mean paying $20 less and getting the goods delivered faster and with more complete service. Does the Xtra actually mean paying extra?

Savvy shoppers must remember to compare prices before making purchases...

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