Stock Up On Local Branded Goods And Carousell Them
If you’re headed to the U.S. or anywhere else that’s famous for outlet mall shopping, you can consider buying some local branded goods to sell when you’re back.
This is especially relevant for luxury bags, which are dramatically cheaper when bought in their country of origin (mostly the U.S. and Europe). If you intend to buy first and sell later (because you’re not sure what good deals or sale items there may be), then you can do some homework to minimise the risks.
- Head to online marketplaces like Carousell and Reebonz Closets for a better idea of what brands and models are in demand.
- If you think this uncertainty will eat you up inside, you can offer your “buy back service” before going on the trip. For instance, you can post online that you’re heading to say, Paris, and that you can help buy stuff from Chanel. Then when people contact you, you agree on the price and model, and ask for a deposit.
Do note that if the purchases exceed S$600, you are legally required to declare and pay GST for it. Some people try to avoid this by removing the original packaging and tags, but the law will catch you for that. Also, whenever you help anyone “import” goods, make sure to check that it’s nothing prohibited. You can refer to this list by the Singapore Customs.
Be A Personal Shopper And Earn Commission
People always ask, “You want anything from (where I’m headed)?” Well, you can take that question one step further by adding a price tag to it. Of course, don’t do it to your close friends and relatives.
It is, however, perfectly acceptable to charge a fee for being a stranger’s personal shopper. There are a few platforms like Tompang and Airfrov to facilitate this – the “requesters” can post what they want and how much they’re willing to pay, and the “travellers” can choose which items to buy.
Most of the time, the requested items are country-exclusives (like Starbucks tumblers or certain beauty products from South Korea or famous instant noodles from Taiwan) which is why people are willing to pay a premium for it.
If you happen to want these things too (i.e. you’re going to queue and shop for it anyway), then why not pick up an extra one? You don’t necessarily have to go out of your way to earn this extra money. Plus, it can be quite shiok to shop with someone else’s money – you get 100 per cent of the fun, but at 0 per cent of the cost.
Milk The Holiday Experience — Sell Your Travel Photos, Videos And More
Part of the modern travel experience is the logging it all on social media: In the effort to be everyone’s #travelgoals, we take photos and snap Insta-stories of everything, and write deep, insightful captions to accompany them. We do this for fun because sharing our holiday experience is something everyone is naturally excited about.
Most people leave it at that, but did you know that you can actually milk your travel content for cash? Those with an eye for aesthetics can sell photos and videos to stock media websites like Shutterstock. You’ll probably need some photography skills and a decent camera to produce quality photos that people will actually want to buy though.
If you have a flair for the written word, you may even be able to sell travel articles. Many travel publications actually pay freelancers to write because who can afford to have a team of globe-trotting journalists, right?
READ MORE: 12 Unique Experiences You Can Only Have Travelling In Asia
Rent Out Your Home Space (Buy Maybe Not Via Airbnb)
This one is reserved for those going on longer holidays because while Airbnb is a wildly popular way for travellers to find affordable accommodation, it’s not exactly legal in Singapore.
According to the housing laws, HDB flats are not allowed to be rented out to tourists. Tourists are allowed on private properties, but the minimum rental period is 3 months, which is pretty long. If you live in a condo, you’ll also need to convince 80 pet cent of your neighbours to agree to the rental.
But if you’re going on a longer break, or are perhaps even temporarily posted overseas for work, this is something you can consider.
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Text: Eugenia Liew/MoneySmart