A simple and decent silk button-down shirt for work is a rare find. Most high street labels go for the extra details that makes it… not your basic shirt anymore. Like embellishments at the collar, an unnecessary pocket at the chest, a little bit of lace — you get what I mean.
Browsing online, I saw a silk shirt from Zara Malaysia that would fit the bill. No gimmicks. Just so clean and feminine! The price point is a killer for a shirt from a high street name, though. I’ve been asking myself, “Should I?” for days now.
A little bit of research had led me to other Zara sites today. I’ve never thought of doing it, but today I finally compared prices between the different sites and was shocked at how much different the prices are across countries. For example, the MYR price of the shirt above is almost double the converted price in Spain or some parts of the EU. Before this, I really thought the price of the label is fair enough over here in Malaysia, compared to Singapore and Japan. Even compared to other similar high-street stores which had landed in Malaysia, a 70% mark up is too much!
I don’t think it’s solely because of duties or import taxes, but it’s understood that different retailers have different pricing strategies for different countries – charging what they can to take advantage of the demand and other underlying economic factors. However, I’m a little unwilling to get the shirt here at full price now, especially when the difference is so much.
Solutions? I suppose here’s where service of personal shoppers in the UK like ShopShip comes handy… or wait for the middle or end-season sale, since that’s what it is for anyway.