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Electronics prices in Singapore compared to Europe

Postby fisher31 » Tue, 09 Mar 2010 12:24 am

Hi everyone,

I'm coming to Singapore soon and I need to buy some electronics (Camera, Notebook) so I'm wondering how the price levels for that stuff is there compared to Europe/Germany.

I had a look around at http://courts.com.sg/ and the prices where more or less the same. Are things in the city cheaper than on that webpage?
Just an example, a Canon Powershot S90 is 749S$ at courts.com.sg and it is 370€ on amazon.de. One S$ is about 0.5€ so the prices are more or less equal.

I was hoping that electronics are cheaper in Singapore than in Europe, but if the prices are similar I would probably buy the things here at home to have the warranty and stuff.

Can anyone give me some advice how much electronics cost in Singapore?

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Postby stiwi » Tue, 09 Mar 2010 10:25 pm

Indeed the prices of electronics in Singapore are more or less the same as in Europe. The difference is, that here everyone goes to the shop to buy the things, as online shopping is almost non existent. In Europe you can still get the same prices if you do some research on online deals.

Basically, unless there is a very good promotional offer on a specific item, what you can save buying in Singapore is 7% GST only. You can bargain the price at some stores, especially at Sim Lim Square, but often the lower price comes either without a warranty or without GST.

Most electronic warranties are valid in Singapore only, that refers to mobile phones, cameras etc. There are some exceptions, like Apple warranty which is worldwide.

Conclusion is: better to buy at home.

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Postby fisher31 » Fri, 12 Mar 2010 6:29 pm

Thanks for the reply, that was the information I needed.

So I guess I'll buy the stuff here. I was hoping for a good bargain but it seems I can't get the things cheap enough to justify skipping on the European 2 year warranty.

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Postby ksl » Sat, 13 Mar 2010 1:42 pm

fisher31 wrote:Thanks for the reply, that was the information I needed.

So I guess I'll buy the stuff here. I was hoping for a good bargain but it seems I can't get the things cheap enough to justify skipping on the European 2 year warranty.
With the exchange rates the way they are, I would have thought it cheaper, to purchase tax free in the home Country....because you will be taking the goods out.....you may have to declare in Singapore and pay the 7% though you should save a little if you can find a good promotion and it's highly unlikely they will ask you if its a new camera anyway.

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Postby tazz » Mon, 22 Mar 2010 2:39 pm

Try DD Electronics www.ddelectronics.com.sg They usually have great prices.

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Postby $Pripps » Thu, 25 Mar 2010 12:59 pm

there are some pricelists over at hardwarezone.com.sg as well, they show the prices that you can get at Sim Lim, they are also updated more or less every week. You may be able to negotiate down the price a little but in my experience it is very difficult because most comp. stores here have a very narrow margin (or so they say :D )

I usually go the above mentioned site before buying a new computer to get a feeling what is there and a general price level. Then I let some shop in Sim Lim assemble it for me.


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