10 Facts About Daiso You Probably Didn’t Know of

It’s as if Daiso is an upgrade of value dollar shop, where everything is relatively cheap. Furthermore, it has cuter designs and you can even find random things there. Do you know Daiso well enough, though? Here are ten facts about this chain you probably didn’t know of! 

1. History Of Daiso

Did you know that Daiso actually started off as a street vending shop in Japan dealing with 100-yen products? It was only in 1977 that Daiso was founded by the original street vendor, Hirotake Yano. Also, Daiso often used locations such as previous pachinko outlets for its retail outlets. 

2. Everything is $2 in Singapore, But in Malaysia…

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you would probably know that everything in Daiso Singapore is priced at $2. Yeap, everything! Regardless a bag of chips, or an A4-sized notebook, they all have the same price value. This makes choosing items so much more tedious. This or that? They’re all priced the same! 

However, starting from this month, the prices in Malaysia will be increased from RM5.30 to RM5.90. No one knows whether the price in Singapore will increase in the near future, but everyone knows everyone doesn’t want the increase. $2 just sound so much better than $2.10, right? 

3. Daiso Korea

In 2011 and 2014, Daiso Korea announced that they were no longer part of Daiso Japan. To confirm that they were acting as a different company, Daiso Korea didn’t sell the products Daiso Japan was selling. Furthermore, they have unique logo compared to the rest of the Daiso Corporation. This allows them to rebrand into a more modern company. 

4. Daiso Japan

Daiso owns 2,800 stores in Japan. 2,800! That’s really a huge number of stores! It really proves that Daiso Japan has a name of its own. 

5. Daiso Canada

Daiso Canada is the first and only Daiso store in Canada – a two-story store over 25,000 square ft at Aberdeen centre. Furthermore, it’s just a Skytrain ride away! 

For your info 25,000 sq ft is almost like 21 5-room HDB flats. That’s enough to shop till you drop.

6. Overseas 

Not only that, Daiso also owns 975 stores in South Korea, 522 stores overseas in Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Kuwait, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, New Zealand, Oman, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, and Vietnam. Whoa, now I’m overwhelmed. 

7. Exchange Rate

The price varies according to the countries’ currencies.  For example in Singapore, Daiso items go for SGD2 each; whereas in Malaysia, they go for RM5.90 etc. If the exchange rate is favourable, we’ll get cheaper Daiso products overseas instead! 

8. Goods

Daiso has a range of over 100,000 goods, of which over 40 percent are goods imported from overseas. 40 percent! I thought that they are all Japan-made, due to the fact that Daiso is based in Japan. Well to save the cost of production, most of them come from China instead.

9. Unusual Inventions

Sometimes you’ll get to find unusual inventions from Daiso Japan. Take a look at this bacon package and you’ll know what I mean. 

Image: www.asianscientist.com

Apparently, this bacon might jump out of the package, so you gotta remove the cover quietly. Cool.

10. Unusual Invention 2

Sorry guys, I can’t help but show another funny invention. This time, it’s a banana keeper. Don’t worry about having your banana bent or breaking apart, this item is here to save the day. Yay. 

Image: www.asianscientist.com

In other words, you don’t just find cheap, quality stuff there – you’ll find the weirdest stuff there. Unless a banana keeper seems legit to you, that is.


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