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Is SimLim the best place to buy digital camera?

Postby lucy88 » Wed, 10 Jan 2007 12:23 pm

I heard quite a few bad feedeback about there. Any other good suggestion?

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Postby bigfilsing » Thu, 11 Jan 2007 12:36 pm

I think a lot of the feedback comes from people expecting too much from what are basically high volume discount stores.

It pays to know excactly what you want before you go shopping. The guys in the shops tend to sell what they have most stock of or make the most commision on. Hardly surprising.
May i suggest you read up on the web about what it is you want before you go shopping. Best to pic a couple of options as often there are special promos on certain brands/ type ( free bag or extra memory etc etc )
Also check the warranty they offer. Some items come with a local warranty only ( no use if your only visiting here).
With items like cameras that are widely sold in Singapore there are so many shops around i'm not sure going to Sim Lim is an only option. Certainly worth the price comparison thou

Good luck

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Postby jpatokal » Fri, 12 Jan 2007 1:24 am

Unconventional suggestion: try Mustafa. No hassle, no credit card surcharges, and pretty competitive prices.
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Postby bunty » Fri, 02 Feb 2007 9:43 am

I normally click photos very rarely, only maybe when on holidays or for some family functions, so can any one recommend a competitive price and decent digital camera. Is anything between 5-7 mega pixels a good enough camera. i dont want any other fancy requirements.

how are nikon and canon digi cams.

cheers

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 02 Feb 2007 11:39 am

bunty wrote:I normally click photos very rarely, only maybe when on holidays or for some family functions, so can any one recommend a competitive price and decent digital camera. Is anything between 5-7 mega pixels a good enough camera. i dont want any other fancy requirements.

how are nikon and canon digi cams.

cheers


If you are only an occasional snapper I wouldn't recommend buying anything over 5 MP. It's silly to pay twice the price for something you will hardly ever use unless you have been in Singapore too long an just want bragging rights.

Nikon and Canon are both good. You will, however, be paying a lot for the name as well. Do some research on the web.

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Postby bunty » Fri, 02 Feb 2007 12:43 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:
bunty wrote:I normally click photos very rarely, only maybe when on holidays or for some family functions, so can any one recommend a competitive price and decent digital camera. Is anything between 5-7 mega pixels a good enough camera. i dont want any other fancy requirements.

how are nikon and canon digi cams.

cheers


If you are only an occasional snapper I wouldn't recommend buying anything over 5 MP. It's silly to pay twice the price for something you will hardly ever use unless you have been in Singapore too long an just want bragging rights.

Nikon and Canon are both good. You will, however, be paying a lot for the name as well. Do some research on the web.


are u saying non branded ones are equally good as well.

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Re: Is SimLim the best place to buy digital camera?

Postby brifusg » Fri, 02 Feb 2007 1:32 pm

lucy88 wrote:I heard quite a few bad feedeback about there. Any other good suggestion?


few tricks they always use:

1. always quote the price before GST
2. convince you to pay before showing you the package
3. always keep the wtty card unless you ask for it
4. say something like, "special promo" only for this moment, if you go around and come back the price will be different! (well, this is a typical way which chinese saleman often uses)

My suggestion is NOT TO BUY AT SIM LIM SQUARE unless you know it very very well.

A lot of trusted shops, for example

Alan Photo http://www.alanphoto.com.sg
BargainCity http://www.bargaincity.com.sg
Cathay Photo http://www.cathayphoto.com.sg
Magnificent Snap Add: Marina Square Tel: 63381976
MS Color http://www.mscolor.com.sg
TKFoto http://www.tkfoto.com.sg

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Postby LetThereBeLight » Fri, 02 Feb 2007 2:43 pm

Agree... Try these shops instead. They have a better reputation, and most photographers go to them. Cathay Photo, Alan Photo and MS colour are good. If u dont mind second hand cameras, can check out The Camera Workshop for good deals. Look for Daniel. :)

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Postby ksl » Sat, 03 Feb 2007 2:17 am

bunty wrote:
sundaymorningstaple wrote:
bunty wrote:I normally click photos very rarely, only maybe when on holidays or for some family functions, so can any one recommend a competitive price and decent digital camera. Is anything between 5-7 mega pixels a good enough camera. i dont want any other fancy requirements.

how are nikon and canon digi cams.

cheers


If you are only an occasional snapper I wouldn't recommend buying anything over 5 MP. It's silly to pay twice the price for something you will hardly ever use unless you have been in Singapore too long an just want bragging rights.

Nikon and Canon are both good. You will, however, be paying a lot for the name as well. Do some research on the web.


are u saying non branded ones are equally good as well.


Just like washing powder! Just a name, anyone can do OEM providing they buy the minimum quantity, although the larger brands are probably more customer friendly. The actual components our outsourced, so the LCD maybe another brand, like casio, you get what you pay for really.

You have the low end, mid range and high end. A novice or child, and the happy snapper, would probably go for the low end. Although you do have the status conscious novice, that would go for the mid to high range.

I have actually gone out of my depth, with the SLR Digital, although I would never be without my Sanyo Xacti the 6 mega pixel, is no more than 500$ without the memory card. The beauty of this is the video record, with 2GB memory you can record for almost 2 hours, and/or take still shots. I use it much more than my expensive SLR.

Although there are some sharks in Sim Lim, that sell the same Sanyo for 900$ with 1GB memory, far too expensive. To deal with predators, you need to be a better one!

Nikon & Canon like Sony too stand out in the crowd, they are very good, in the correct hands!

There is much to learn about digital photography, although from a happy snapper point of view, you would like good pictures, good battery life, and simple to use, with a large LCD screen. I'd go for the mid range prices with a CCD chip rather than CMOS chip, unless the CMOS is developed specifically by the Camera manufacturer Nikon and Canon make there own along with Sony

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Postby Bremen » Sat, 03 Feb 2007 10:17 pm

ksl wrote:I'd go for the mid range prices with a CCD chip rather than CMOS chip, unless the CMOS is developed specifically by the Camera manufacturer Nikon and Canon make there own along with Sony


Actually Nikon buys their sensors from Sony. ;)

If you're in the City Hall area, go to John 3:16 on the 5th floor of funan. VERY honest people, though they don't sell Sony.
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Postby huggybear » Mon, 14 May 2007 8:17 am

a lot of people post questions ... and they never seem to follow up...

but i found this thread and took the advice and went to the camera workshop and cathay photo (i like spreading the business across good retailers).

so thanks everyone for the advice ... was able to purchase a brand new Digital SLR (they didn't have the model i wanted as a used one).

now i have to book some airline tickets to take some photos!
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WARNING ABOUT BUYING CAMERAS IN SINGAPORE

Postby camerashy » Tue, 22 May 2007 4:54 pm

Warning to all buyers!
When buying cameras in Singapore DO NOT go to this shop.

THE CAMERA SHOP
# 01-43A SIM LIM SQUARE SHOPPING COMPLEX


I was railroaded into buying a camera, overcharged and then when I went back to complain, the member of staff (Dencil) shouted at me, generally spoke to me very rudely and even descended into making racist remarks! Highly unacceptable manner of conducting business. I lodged a complaint and through my persistence I finally managed to get a free battery and memory card but I would have rather have got my money back.

Note for all buyers, always make sure you know what you want 1st and what the rrp is and never let anyone force you into buying. Easier said than done!

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Postby MyFirstMillion » Wed, 23 May 2007 9:38 pm

I think Sim Lim is quite nice, especially if you're a bit of a gadgets enthusiast.

I agree most of the complains of Sim Lim are from people who know a little or nothing about the stuffs that they're going to buy.

Best practice is before going there, research the product you like in the internet. Afterwards you can check the prices in Sim lim.

The best ones are on 2nd and 3rd floor.
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