Penang has always been a shoppers’ heaven. During its freeport days, Malaysians made a beeline for the island in droves to shop for items like electrical goods, cosmetics and clothes. This may sound surprising to some, but certain items like imported perfumes were even cheaper in Penang than Singapore. Shoppers never failed to leave the island without losing their pockets. Hundreds of retail establishments are positioned tactically and conveniently in and around the city. Although the freeport status was given to Langkawi in the 80s, Penang still remains a preferred shopping destination among locals and tourists.
There are a lot of popular shopping malls and complexes can be found at Jalan Penang, Jalan Gurney, Persiaran Bayan Indah and Tanjong Tokong.
Remember guys don’t be afraid to politely ask for a markdown (except at departmental stores, hypermarts and chain stores) if you really want an item because bargaining is still a part of life here. Remember that bargaining involves offers and counter-offers, so be patient and slowly work the price down to something both you and shopkeeper are happy with. But you also have to remember this important thing - don’t bargain if you do not want to buy that stuff.
You can find it through our local papers for dates, which vary slightly every year. The mass-media (newspapers, radio and television) will announce and advertise sale carnivals, so keep your ears and eyes tuned for shopping updates. The annual Mega Shopping Carnival is definitely a great deal for almost anything.