How to buy luxury items in Malaysia
Malaysia is a hotbed for luxury goods and a destination for international travellers.
But for some, it can also be a nightmare.
Here are some tips for getting the best deals.
Choose your destination wisely There’s a reason why so many foreign luxury brands, including Apple, BMW, and Mercedes, are based in Malaysia.
The country is a hub for luxury and international sales, which are growing fast.
But Malaysia is also a hot spot for scams.
For instance, fake luxury products are used to entice customers.
For example, fake designer watches are sold as “luxury watches” by luxury retailers.
Or luxury brands sell knockoffs of a popular luxury item, such as the Apple Watch.
In many cases, the fake products are not genuine.
Don’t get too hung up on the price Malaysian brands have to offer In the past, it was considered a good thing to invest in luxury brands if they offered a good price.
Nowadays, many of these brands are selling cheaper than the real thing.
In some cases, they even offer the same or better quality.
Don “shop like it’s 1998” For some, the best way to find cheap luxury goods is to go to a store that has a “classic” design.
In reality, it’s usually more difficult to find items that are authentic than the fake ones.
The best way is to shop in stores that have “modern” or “modern day” designs, said Li.
You can also look for more authentic items at stores that are in malls, malls that are near public transport, and malls with an “open floor plan.”
Shop online It’s also better to shop online to avoid being scammed.
For a more authentic shopping experience, visit an online store such as Amazon or Walmart, which offers products with authentic packaging, said Mimi.
For more information on the most popular brands in Malaysia, visit Malaysia Luxury Market Association website.
Find a reliable outlet for your luxury goods It’s often better to avoid spending a lot of money on the items you don’t really need.
You’ll be surprised at how cheap they are.
For the most part, it is not wise to spend more than $50,000 on a luxury item.
Instead, invest in a limited edition item.
The most expensive item on a shopping list should not exceed $10,000.
Avoid the big brands and the high-end retailers It is also better not to spend money on items that might have a “unique” look, such a watch, or that have a limited number of variants.
Instead of buying everything in the store, look for items that can be easily found at a “speciality store” such as Luxe Fashion, or the online stores.
For some brands, the brand may be associated with the item, or they may have a special discount.
Also, try to avoid the big retailers.
For many brands, it will be difficult to distinguish their products from others.
They will often offer low-end products with the most expensive ones, which often comes with a limited quantity of these items.
Avoid shopping for brands that have been around for a while It’s possible to buy items from brands that are long-standing and/or have had a successful run.
But the brand should be able to offer products at a decent price.
For brands that still have a lot to offer, try shopping in local stores.
Don´t go to the mall for cheap items In most cases, shopping at a mall is a better option than a department store, because the staff are generally more friendly and helpful.
But you should be wary of “stray” shoppers and scammers who can steal your money.
The mall is usually a safe haven for the scammers.
Check with the retailer or online seller for the best price It’s always a good idea to contact the seller directly.
For online retailers, you should contact the store’s online contact number to find out whether the product is genuine.
For department stores, you can call the store directly.
Make sure you check the packaging for authenticity before buying It’s a good practice to check the label of the products you buy to make sure they are genuine.
However, some stores may not accept genuine labels and instead charge extra.
Check the size and price of items before buying Online shopping is still an emerging industry in Malaysia and it is best to be patient and to shop for genuine items at the best prices.