Hypermarkets lower prices for Ghost Festival
By Annie Yang ,Special to The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Hypermarkets in Taiwan have reduced their prices ahead of the Ghost Festival and will be staying open 24 hours a day in the run-up to Aug. 21.
August 16, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
The Ghost Festival is a traditional Chinese celebration taking place in the middle of the seventh month of the Chinese lunar calendar. It is believed that ghosts venture in to the mortal world this month, so people need to equip themselves with abundant food as offerings to show their respect to their deceased ancestors.
Carrefour has discounted tens of thousands of related products by up to 53 percent. Additionally, it is extending its operating hours to 24 hours per day from 9 a.m. on Aug. 15 until 11 p.m. on Aug. 21 — all told, that is 158 hours without closing.
Furthermore, from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., people with membership cards can get a NT$200 gift certificate for every NT$2,000 purchase up to a maximum of NT$1,000 (or up to NT$5,000 when buying electrical appliances).
RT-Mart is hoping to attract customers with a series of bargains such as Enokitake mushrooms for NT$3, rice wine for NT$10 and instant noodles for NT$10, all available from Aug. 16 to 20 between 9 p.m. and 12 a.m.
RT-Mart is also prolonging its opening hours to 24 hours a day between Aug. 17 and 21, excluding branches in Tainan and Chiayi. Members will get NT$200 gift certificates for every purchase totaling NT$2,000 or more.
A.mart is offering customers discounts of up to 73 percent, with especially big bargains available for sacrifice-related products such as fruit, meat, rice, oil and beverages. A.mart stores will be open all day long from Aug. 16 to 21, except for retailers in Dazhi, Yangmei, Hong Kong, Yongfu, Fengyuan, Kaohsiung and Hualien.
Convenience stores are also getting in on the action, offering special sales on smaller packs of grocery goods, which are tailored to satisfy the needs of companies and working mothers.