Daiso is the largest franchise of 100-yen shops in Japan owned by Daiso Sangyo Corp. With its establishment in Singapore, everything is priced at only $2 - ranging from lots of household items, toys, daily necessities to fashion accessories that are sure to fit within your budget.
It is very auntie to shop at Daiso but I just can't seem to help myself! Daiso the two dollar shop is to retail what instant noodles is to food - oh so tasty empty calories.
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Singapore’s first Daiso store opened in March 2002 at IMM. It caught the eyes and curiosity of Singaporeans and have been popular ever since. Gone are the value shop days, even though some of them seem to be surviving even now. With everything priced at $2, Daiso is a shopping haven not just for aunties, but the young and old. You can literally find anything you need here, from makeup to household items and even food!
It’s always a fun time when you step into Daiso. I’m always surprised with their products and end up buying a basket full of things I probably don’t need, only because it’s cheap. The best part of Daiso is definitely the food section because I LOVE Japanese snacks. My favorite snack has got to be the Corn Potage snack. It’s light, crispy and so flavorful, you won’t ever stop at one... packet. I usually buy 5 packets at one go because it’s just that good. Another favorite of mine would be the Black Pepper Pretzel. It’s a little hard so I wouldn’t recommend young kids and older people to eat it.
Daiso is definitely one of my go-to stores whenever I’m in need of any household or personal care items.
The snacks at Daiso are pretty decent too! There's a whole range of chips, sweets, biscuits and drinks for you to choose from and the packagings are adorable!
The downside of a store that has everything is that the quality isn't fantastic. I mean come on, you're paying $2 so you can't expect it to last more than a month. You might wanna keep that in mind the next time you decide to grab all you can from Daiso!
What made the shopping experience less perfect was the customer service. I wasn't sure if the pencil I bought counted as 1 item, or was to be sold in threes for $2. I approached the customer service staff and enquired, but was greeted back with a short and insincere "no". This put me off as I asked politely but did not get a courteous reply back.
Overall, Daiso is a fantastic place to get (nearly) anything you need for $2. Just don't expect very good customer service.
But because their stuff are all $2 each, you may end up buying things you don't need. I suggest you shortlist the items in your shopping basket before paying. Really many things that look nice or cute may not be useful to you. Don't forget that 5 items is $10 and 10 items is $20.
Also, don't anyhow buy their skin care stuff just because they're cheap. Some things may cause more problem so just be careful.
I once bought a pair of knee-high fluffy socks with teddy bears printed on them - just because they were cute and "$2 only!".
I've also found my fair share of gift packaging and useful winter gear in Daiso. If you have a specific item you're searching for, go in single-minded and resolute. Chances are you'll end up with 5 other items you didn't need but just decided to buy anyway.
Sometimes I lose focus and get distracted by the cute, random, interesting items that I have absolutely no use for. A common monologue line that appears when I am in Daiso is: "Just buy, $2 only!!!" I do not recommend anyone with zero self-discipline to visit Daiso, even if it's just for fun or to take a look.
By the way, has anyone tried the make-up products at Daiso?
Daiso has everything. I'm not even kidding. From daily necessities to gifts and food, there'll always be something for everyone. I love visiting the food section, because there's a wide array of delicious Japanese snacks being sold at prices cheaper than the other imported goods supermarkets.
I love Daiso's gift boxes too. They come in so many colours and patterns, and are perfect to use for storing gifts to give to others. The boxes can be reused as pretty storage boxes after that, so it's definitely value for money. There only section I wouldn't touch would probably be the skincare/cosmetics section, since the quality of $2 cosmetics isn't very reassuring. But other than that, everything's good!
Compared with Muji, which another one of my favorite stores to frequent, Daiso offers a range of products that are cheap and easy to find. Don't be misled by the prices though! All the products that I have bought from Daiso are of good quality, and they have served me extremely well up till now!
However, one word of caution I would advise to bakers who shop in Daiso. Although cheap, Daiso's baking utensils are not the best of quality. If you're looking to go into professional or more advanced baking, I would recommend other places like Phoon Huat. On the bright side, if you're always looking for a beautiful gift box or flower pot, Daiso's definitely a wonderful place to visit, especially with their wide selection to choose from!