I'm after a digicam, have one already but need to upgrade. UK prices are steep for what I want and I'm off to Melbourne from UK via Changi airport (Singapore) in six weeksfor a holiday, can I buy cheaper as a duty free in singapore? or what do you advise? Buy in Oz? or maybe on the plane if they have the model I want (doubt)? I am after Fuji Finepix S7000. I could buy online but then I have to buy from a UK source and it is only a few pounds cheaper unlike duty free which would hopefully be quite a lot cheaper. I only stop for 4 hours at Changi and as it's my first time I am not sure if I will be able to get to any duty free shops, maybe I have to sit on plane whilst refuelling??before departing for Melbourne?? I don't know and would appreciate some assistance. Thanks in advance!!
You shouldn't be stuck on the plane in Singapore for a 4 hour stop over! The only times I've had to stay on the plane is for very short stopovers (like island hopping, etc..). 4 hours will drag on on and on actually - you would probably have enough time to go on one of the city tours that they arrange for free at the airport (well, they did a few years ago at least).
There are lots of stores in the airport to browse through - I'm not sure whether they are 24 hours, but I have a feeling a lot are. I think this would definitely be cheaper than buying in the UK. If you don't have any luck, you can always buy it in Melbourne though - the prices will probably be slightly cheaper than the UK.
4 hours is lots of time to get off the plane and do some serious shopping at the airport. Remember, you are transit passenger, you don't have to worry about waiting in long security line outside the waiting area. Most airlines request that their passenger leave the airplane if they stop that length of time. Because they need to clean the airplane, refuel, add food, ect. For your physical need, you should get off the plane and walk around to get your blood circulate. There is a internet site for Singapore airport which mention about store selling digital camera. Just go to Yahoo search and type in Singapore airport or changi airport ....
I don't know how much Fuji S7000 cost in UK, but here in the US MSRP is $899. Mail order is around 6-7 hundred dollars. However, at digitalliquidators.com it is $429 (less than 1/2 MSRP). Ofcourse, you have to pay shipping charges, ect...
My experience with duty-free shops at the airports is that most electronic items I saw cost more than what I can mail order in the US. I am speaking about duty-free shops in Tokyo, Bangkok, HongKong, London. I think, these stores don't charge you tax, but they jack up the profit so high that lots of their prices are not really bargain at all. I suggest, before you go, buy a photo magazine from UK, and when you get there compare the prices from the magazine adds with the prices at those stores.
Good Luck and have a nice trip!