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Saving Yesterday For Tomorrow
  1. Ipoh Remembered says:

    Thanks for sharing this item from 1974. Perhaps to educate those who don’t know, you could say where it’s from.

    Meanwhile, it’s interesting to see how laboriously that right-hand column of information is laid out. The proprietors must have had a reason for not presenting it more efficiently.

    • Ipoh Remembered says:

      Thanks, IKA. It’s a good sign, I suppose, that someone thought the object had enough value to offer it for sale.

      As for the prices, here’s a comparison: In the ’20s, a large-ish bottle of imported Guinness would have been available for about 50 cents. (I believe it was not until the mid-’60s that Guinness set up a local brewery.)

  2. Ipoh Remembered says:

    This would’ve been around the time it was made compulsory to display prices at all retail outlets. Or was it earlier?

    Dear Mano … You’re right: national legislation was, indeed, passed in early ’74 to require that retailers display price tags. This was not the first attempt at such legislation, however, nor do I remember if it included literally “all retail outlets” (and all restaurant menus in particular).

    Previously, that is to say immediately after the war, price-tag (and fixed-price) requirements had been imposed on so-called “controlled goods.” And then in the late ’60s when prices of certain commodities were rising again, tags were required on a list of about fifty items. Restaurant menus were not covered, at least as far as I can remember.

    Anyway, regardless of when they were required, as far as I could tell price tags were always anathema to Malayan shop-keepers. The “bargaining” approach was so much more lucrative for them, especially when they could set the “starting price” according to how nonchalant (or how desperate) they gauged each potential buyer to be. In fact, even when prices were marked on tags, some shop-keepers — and some shoppers — treated them as no more than a starting point.

    Do shoppers in Ipoh today still have the “opportunity” to haggle? I suspect they do, but others can probably provide a definitive answer.

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