An outlet employee who wanted to be known only as Goh said the crowds were particularly large on Thursday and Friday.
“For the past few days, people were already waiting outside when we opened at 10 a.m.,” he said, adding that some items were out of stock.
Customer Sandy Chan couldn’t find the washi tape she usually buys at the store to hold her diary. The 30-year-old left the store with items worth S$40, including stationery.
At the Chinatown outlet, customers said a popular household item known as a magic sponge was no longer available.
SOME CUSTOMERS WILLING TO PAY MORE
Customers CNA spoke to said whether they continued to patronize the chain depended on the sharp price increase.
Mr. Troy Chua, who was at the Chinatown store with his wife and daughter, said, “Some items can double in price, so those items we can’t buy from here.”
The 42-year-old, who spent around S$50 on a toolkit, among other things, said he usually visits Daiso two or three times a month.
Another shopper who wanted to be known as Ms Kong said: “Daiso is known for its price of S$2. If it will increase, then what is the difference between Daiso and other stores?
“Some things are cheap here but not everything is.”
She gave the example of laundry nets, which can be found cheaper elsewhere. The 34-year-old spent S$22 on storage containers to hold her five-year-old daughter’s toys.
Customers generally said the price increase was not unexpected and was inevitable.
Some were excited about the potential new offerings.
Ms Eve Tan, who spent around S$30 at City Square Mall on Friday, said she frequented the store to buy toys for her three-year-old twins because of the good variety of products.
Ms. Tan, however, said some items were lacking in quality and expects the new prices to bring better products.
“I’m interested in their higher (price) range. I believe they bring more quality stuff. I will still be back to take a look,” she added.