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Cheap but good Laptops

Postby Bafana » Sun, 15 Oct 2006 9:36 am

Hi guys - Going back to Aussie to see my family after 1.5yrs.

My oldest nice and nephews are in year 11 and I was thinking of getting them laptops - Budget around 1000 sing each (DBS VISA card to provide captial up front leh) but still be able to do what they need along with wireless etc.

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Postby ciotog » Sun, 15 Oct 2006 2:28 pm

I'd tend to suggest buying off the Dell website (as much as I dislike Dell) .. they have budget machines from S$949 to S$1249 (you could probably do an interest free repayment depending on your card). Aside from that you could check out places like Carrefour who seemed to be selling computer equipment in general at low prices, last time I looked anyway. Haven't been to Sim Lim Square recently so I don't know if there are any bargains to be had there ... but I'm always concerned about the warranty out of there. Especially if the machines are going to Australia.

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Postby Plavt » Sun, 15 Oct 2006 3:27 pm

Toshiba are a better bet albeit a little more expensive but customers who have bought from them are inclined to stick with this brand suggesting good customer service.

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Re: Cheap but good Laptops

Postby ksl » Sun, 15 Oct 2006 4:45 pm

Bafana wrote:Hi guys - Going back to Aussie to see my family after 1.5yrs.

My oldest nice and nephews are in year 11 and I was thinking of getting them laptops - Budget around 1000 sing each (DBS VISA card to provide captial up front leh) but still be able to do what they need along with wireless etc.

Thanks

Baf


You should be able to get a all in one at that price, ECS used to be the largest clone laptop maker in Taiwan, for various brand names also. I guess the it is important to try and get the international warranty. Mitac is a cheap brand. Dell is ok too! and wiith luck you may get warranty service

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Postby ksl » Sun, 15 Oct 2006 9:59 pm

Bafana, Harvey& Norman at Marina Parade have Toshiba on sale while stock last, at 1,090$ for a 1.6M celeron, that's not a bad deal, I was looking at it tonight.

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Postby Jedi » Mon, 16 Oct 2006 6:26 am

Plavt wrote:Toshiba are a better bet albeit a little more expensive but customers who have bought from them are inclined to stick with this brand suggesting good customer service.

I couldn't disagree more after what I've been through with my Toshiba in Singapore. I will never buy another Toshiba.

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Postby Plavt » Mon, 16 Oct 2006 6:35 am

Jedi wrote:
Plavt wrote:Toshiba are a better bet albeit a little more expensive but customers who have bought from them are inclined to stick with this brand suggesting good customer service.

I couldn't disagree more after what I've been through with my Toshiba in Singapore. I will never buy another Toshiba.



Then let's hope you never buy a Dell. :(

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Postby Bafana » Fri, 20 Oct 2006 7:54 am

ksl wrote:Bafana, Harvey& Norman at Marina Parade have Toshiba on sale while stock last, at 1,090$ for a 1.6M celeron, that's not a bad deal, I was looking at it tonight.


This sounds like a goer as I also work there.

Does anyone know if there a re any tax implications if I rock up in Kingsford Smith with three laptops in tow (mine plus two mfor the kids)?
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Postby Splatted » Fri, 20 Oct 2006 11:00 am

Bafana wrote:
ksl wrote:Bafana, Harvey& Norman at Marina Parade have Toshiba on sale while stock last, at 1,090$ for a 1.6M celeron, that's not a bad deal, I was looking at it tonight.


This sounds like a goer as I also work there.

Does anyone know if there a re any tax implications if I rock up in Kingsford Smith with three laptops in tow (mine plus two mfor the kids)?


yes, I think the customs rule is the following:

http://www.customs.gov.au/webdata/resou ... ellers.pdf
You may bring any of the following goods -
duty and/or tax free - in your accompanied
baggage:
General
A$900 worth of goods (A$450 for people
under 18) including gifts, souvenirs,
cameras, electronic equipment, leather
goods, perfume concentrates, jewellery,
watches and sporting equipment. Alcohol and
tobacco products cannot be included in this
category.
These goods can be:
􀁺 obtained overseas
􀁺 purchased in Australia duty or tax free
before departure
􀁺 goods for which a tax refund has been
approved through the Tourist Refund
Scheme (TRS) or
􀁺 purchased from an inwards duty free
shop on arrival.
Alcohol
2.25 litres of alcoholic beverages for each
passenger aged 18 years or over.
Tobacco
250 cigarettes, or 250 grams of cigars or
tobacco products for each passenger aged
18 years or over.
You can pool your duty free concessions
if you are a family* travelling together.


So, essentially you would need to declare it or risk getting slapped with a fine.

I'd carry one new one as your "personal" laptop, and pay the duty/tax on the other new one, plus the used laptop at it's depreciated value. I don't know how much they would hit you with, but you can probably ring one of the numbers on the customs website.

Whatever you do, do NOT put the laptops in a suitcase. Even if they slap on the 'fragile' stickers on your luggage, more often then not they still treat the luggage as if they were footballs. When my pc arrived in Singapore, the motherboard had been detached inside the box from all the knocking about it went through.

Your personal laptop in it's own carry case or sports bag (on its own) does not contribute towards your luggage weight quota, by the way. Make sure you stipulate it's a laptop or they will ask you to check it in.

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Postby ksl » Sat, 21 Oct 2006 11:01 pm

Bafana wrote:
ksl wrote:Bafana, Harvey& Norman at Marina Parade have Toshiba on sale while stock last, at 1,090$ for a 1.6M celeron, that's not a bad deal, I was looking at it tonight.


This sounds like a goer as I also work there.

Does anyone know if there a re any tax implications if I rock up in Kingsford Smith with three laptops in tow (mine plus two mfor the kids)?


You may well, be able to claim the GST back, because you are taking them out of the Country, which may help you to pay towards the Aussie tax, claim back at the airport on the way out.


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