Du Yi Bookshop, a one-stop place for books and stationery in Singapore. Here you can find books which you couldn't find in other places.
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No story Books but a wide range of stationery
For a shop with the word ‘book’ in it, it has a disappointing collection of books. I visited the place today, hoping to purchase a storybook for my collection. The shop had none. There wasn’t any shelves dedicated to fictional books.
The whole shop was mostly filled with stationery with a quarter of it dedicated for inspirational books/ magazines and a smaller one tenth for mandarin music.
I suppose this would be the ideal place to browse for your new school items as it does offer a wide range of school necessities. But if you think this is a place similar to ‘Popular’, you will be greatly disappointed.
cheap stationary and other novelty items
Du Yi sells notebooks, cutesy stationary, books and gifts at prices that are much lower than other stalls. I frequent Du Yi a lot especially during the examination period when I'm in dire need of pens. Their pens can go as cheap as 40 cents! Of course if you are anxious over the quality, you could always pruchase those around a dollar - still cheaper than Popular and other stalls. Then again, at such low prices, one can hardly have high expectations.
However it should be noted that the pens do not last very long. Somehow the ink seems to diminish faster than your average Pilot or Omniball.
They also sell gifts such as albums and photoframes, like the gift section in Popular. I also like how they carry books in many genres and languages, such as recipe books and children's books. Du Yi offers something for all ages. Children can also find novelty stationary such as sushi erasers and Hamtaro mechanical pencils.
For the stationery
Du Yi offers a very interesting genre of books that are not found in other bookstores such as Kinokuniya and Popular, unfortunately, the books on offer are not my cup of tea but I am sure that there it caters to some who would enjoy the books immensely.
What I am more interested about with Du Yi is their stationery. They carry stationery that are really unique and adorable but at a reasonable price as compared to other stationery stores. However, some of their stationery are impractical and seem more like "toys" and may even threaten to fall apart after some uses.
cute and fun-sized stationery
I was first attracted to Du Yi Bookshop because of its cutesy stationery, such as its cartoon pens and fanciful notebooks. Obviously (given the size of its store), it cannot compare to larger stationery stores such as Popular, in terms of the variety and range of stationery it offers. Nevertheless, it does offer more interesting items.
Personally, I would say Du Yi is a good place to get mini gifts for friends or stationery fanatics, because their items are really cute and fun sized! I’m not sure if it was just a few special occasions, but I remember Du Yi having a few sales at the basement level of China Square, and their pens were going for really cheap prices! I’m assuming that they were trying to get rid of old stock, because their pens were really dirt cheap – some going for even 40 cents! Some didn’t last for long though, because the ink was already almost dried up, whilst some lasted for a really long time. Nevertheless, regardless of the ‘life span’ of the pen ink, I have to say it was a really good deal. So, if you ever see Du Yi having sales, be sure to try your luck!
Also, I think their outlet at the National University Hospital is pretty strategically located – if you are visiting a young one, be sure to grab a few stationery items to make them feel just a bit better!
Decent but I prefer Popular
Du Yi replaced Popular some years ago, and it seemed well-stocked enough from the outside.
The place sells various CDs and books and other office equipment, but what caught my eye was the stationery. Du Yi stocks a lot of stationery, including the more common brands such as Pilot. However, they also have many cheap chinese ballpoints for sale. Browsing through those, it hurt my heart as I could tell what products they were imitations of.
The paper selection isn't as good as Popular as well. Du Yi has a lot of 'fancy' notebooks and such, but the printing and design is a mess. There are many of them with typos and as a pedantic english student, it makes me cringe. Contrary to Popular, Du Yi does not stock Campus / Kokuyo paper, which I've found to be relatively fountain pen friendly.
Prices do seem to be cheaper than Popular, but I'm not sure how it would compare if one had the Popular card.
Last year, Popular closed down in West Mall and was replaced by Du Yi, and boy was it hard for me to accept.
Comparative to Popular, Du Yi lacks the range of products that one would have seen at Popular. For example, not a lot of assessment books and not as much variety of pens. Their products are sometimes very random and unneeded, such as this weird gift section that is terribly over-priced and unnecessary. Du Yi also lacks the plethora of fiction and non-fiction books that Popular has, Because of the lower range of products, I will sometimes go to Chua Chu Kang's Popular bookstore just to get my stationary and educational necessities.
And of course, I miss the lovely Popular discounts that Du Yi doesn';t have. Sighhh. Furthermore, Du Yi's organization is weird. I have to walk for ages before I can find what I want.
That said, Du Yi's staff are generally kind and helpful. Unfortunately, that does not cover the fact that Du Yi is in general not the best bookstore to go to.
Lower prices but lesser range
I live in the extreme east and seldom have chance to travel to West Mall, or should I say on extreme rare occasions. On this particular chance where I'm visiting my gf's grandmother who happens to stay at Bukit Batok, I had a chance to roam this neighborhood mall (staying at the house was just too boring for me for many hours).
Went into Du Yi bookshop for the first time in our lives, with my gf for she's an avid reader. The shop size is relatively small as compared to other bigger book shop names so you might not find what you're looking for. Although they have different genes of books catering to all of all age group, my gf can't seemed to find her current favorite author, Katie Macaslister (sp), or perhaps we just didn't looked hard enough.
On the other hand, I was looking for a cookbook as a Xmas present so I ventured into the cookbooks section. Not much of a selection as well with probably around 25 different titles. I didn't manage to find what I have in mind as well since I needed a cookbook which caters to cooking, in particularly stir-frying for a traditional Chinese family whereas most of the cookbooks I found were Western cuisines.
The plus point of Du Yi bookstores is that the prices of the books are relatively cheaper than other bookstores but don't expect the difference to be huge, that is, if you happen to find the book you're looking for here.
Cheap prices, Cute designs
Bedok interchange has always been lacking a bookstore ever since the closure of the only major one in the area, Popular bookstore, several years ago. The opening of Bedok Point actually gave me, a stationery lover, some hope. Sure enough, I was glad to see this bookstore as I entered the basement of Bedok Point!
At first glance, the bookstore seems to be very Chinese-orientated, especially from the name, as well as the shelves packed full of books written in Chinese language. However, there are other selections as well, although it is not as wide as that available at larger chains such as Popular bookstore. It may not be ideal for those looking for novels, but it does have a good selection of culinary books, trivia books as well as self-help and inspirational books.
Apart from the book selection, Du Yi also provides a wide range of cheap and cute stationery, including diaries and pens, much like those you can find in Taiwan. Usually, such stationery would sell at exorbitant prices because of their aesthetic appeal, but at this bookstore, they are sold for reasonable prices such as $1 for a pen with a cute print on its shell. I would recommend Du Yi bookstore for those looking for gifts or for cheap stationery.
Quite a disappointment
This place heavily disappointed me.
It feels like a little attic upon entry. They sell everything from CDs to books to odd stationary and assessments. Pretty much like your usual Popular but a lot smaller and homely. Even with my great love of homely places, I couldn't stand this one.
I have 2 personally favorite authors - Sidney Sheldon and James Patterson - but I couldn't find either of them here. By this time I'm already a little let down and was trying to find a good read but the books look worn so I gave up after a while.
It's a nice place with very reasonable prices, kids will love this place for their quirky stationary, but if you're an avid book fan and want your books fresh and new like I do, stick to Popular and Kinokuniya.
There are two things that I like about Du Yi Bookshop, which are their cheap and cute-looking pen and cheap books.
Their cute-looking pen is not just being cute, they are good in writing as well, I bought some for my polytechnic exams. Once some ‘branded’ pens are dropped, they can’t write a single alphabet out, but those cheap cute pens are able to. Even if you drop them, you wouldn’t feel so heartache.
Some books are cheap as well, little books that are sold three for $10, I bought some books regarding the history of ancient China and Egypt and some books regarding psychological tests.