It’s not a secret that barbecues are a lot more expensive in Singapore than in other countries (especially countries like the US, UK and Australia).
So what can you do to do get a decent barbecue for less than the usual price? I’ll tell you how here:
1. Warehouse Sales
BBQ warehouse sales usually feature past season models, display units and units with some cosmetic defects. On occasion, you might also find a used or refurbished model. In my opinion, this is a great way to save because barbecues tend to look old after the first use, and if they don’t, they will in no time, especially with Singapore’s humidity. Warehouse sales are great because you can bargain for lower prices and might even get some freebies too! Look out for these in the classified sections of the newspapers or check this space periodically to be updated on these deals.
2. Online Outlets
Similar to a warehouse sale, the Online Outlets feature similar kinds of BBQs that the distributor needs to clear in order to make room for the new season of stock, which as I mentioned earlier, are past season models, display units that’ve been dinged a bit and those with cosmetic defects. Even though prices are fixed and you don’t get to bargain online, it is a fuss free experience because you don’t have to go fight the crowd. Online outlets such as Liberty Patio show you pictures of the display units, so make sure you scroll through the images to see if you’re okay with the scratched surfaces. Also note that it’s hard to capture all the imperfections on some reflective surfaces, so you have to be prepared to received a slightly varied product. These barbecues are really a great buy as they’re basically new – some even still have the plastic wrapping on them.
3. Special Requests A lot of what you’re paying for when you buy a BBQ in Singapore is the labour costs to deliver and assemble the BBQ. If you’re good with your hands, some BBQ companies do not might shaving off a bit of the retail price if you pick up and assemble the BBQ yourself. All you have to do is call or email them to find out.
4. Trade It In! If you already have a BBQ but are thinking of getting rid of it to make room for a new one, some BBQ companies like Proline offer a trade-in discount for old BBQs. This is a pretty good deal since they take the old BBQ away (which you kind of want anyway, and disposing of it with the disposal company can set you back $150!)
5. Hand Me Down Look online (GumTree, ST Classifieds, etc) or on Apps like Carousell to see what others are offering. You can find all sorts of BBQs – even those that have been barely used. If the idea of using someone else’s grills grosses you out a little, some brands like Masport, Liberty and Napoleon carry spare grills that you can get to give your BBQ a bit of a revival. These grills will cost between $60 – $180 per piece, depending on the model.