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Post by makale » Thu, 08 Jul 2010 3:21 pm

Would it be cheaper to buy a new laptop in Singapore rather than Australia. Anyone got any idea about comparison prices?

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Post by ksl » Tue, 13 Jul 2010 8:02 pm

makale wrote:Would it be cheaper to buy a new laptop in Singapore rather than Australia. Anyone got any idea about comparison prices?
No! The strong Sing$ plus quanities imported are not enough to give good discounts. A Country with large population is probably the best bet, though not always.

The 4 P's must be taken into account, pricing strategies and promotional offers, Product strategy, and Placing strategy, along with exchange rates.

Singapore doesn't look too good at all, for anything just now especially when markup is also very low on components!

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Post by makale » Wed, 14 Jul 2010 10:02 am

many thanks KSL, will wait until i go to Hong Kong then.

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Post by Asian_Geekette » Wed, 14 Jul 2010 3:42 pm

makale wrote:many thanks KSL, will wait until i go to Hong Kong then.
I noticed that though some of the electronics items here in HK are cheaper than in SG, the warranty here in HK (I'm here for work this week) is only a local one.
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Post by ScoobyDoes » Wed, 14 Jul 2010 3:50 pm

Actually, go to Chevalier for example and laptops can also come with international warranty. I bought my Toshiba in HK around 1/3 less than i would have paid here for the exact same specification (though different model number).

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Post by ksl » Wed, 14 Jul 2010 6:31 pm

Hong Kong is cheaper for most electronics, you can request an international warranty and you may have to pay extra for it, though not all retailers are aware of it.

I purchased my 2 laptops in Taiwan with international warranties, and even though windows was in Chinese, they supplied an English version at no extra cost for me.

My UK laptop which i purchased second hand, had no warranty card with it, though HP in Singapore could see it was covered and which retailer it was purchased from. They honoured the warranty.

I just replaced the keyboard myself, at a cost of 120$ :shock: pretty damn expensive considering its 3 years old. Works fine though!

Hong Kong is the place I guess for cheap everything, no water to cross and by a large population, plus there are large export orders from Hong Kong, so they will be dealing in quantity purchasing and getting better discounts.

Song Brothers is one of the largest importers of electrical and photography goods in Singapore and they distribute within Sim Lim, Funan and the local area, though still expensive when compared to Europe, even before the $ became strong. Places in Europe that have large GST like Scandinavia appear to have good discounts and better specs than the UK. I do know that when as I was doing online computer components, from Denmark, we could provide better build custom computers, cheaper than the UK, before GST.
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Post by imogenben » Sun, 18 Jul 2010 2:18 pm

Talking about Song Brothers....

Please check the local forums such as Hardwarezone regarding questionable retail tactics by this store.

It is big, but.... :(

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Post by x9200 » Sun, 18 Jul 2010 2:34 pm

Well, 7yrs ago I made a single attempt to buy something from SB. There was no 2nd attempt.

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Post by ksl » Sun, 18 Jul 2010 7:41 pm

Yes got to agree, they are not the best, problem is they recruit the hard sellers!

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