Im planning to stopover in singapore in october on my way home from austrailia and im thinking about getting a good laptop if they are not too expensive. I hear thailand is cheap but is singapore the same? What are the prices of the electronic stuff like?
The subject of buying electronics is a good one. It's very much 'buyer beware'.
I can't comment on Thailand, as I didn't look when I was there, but most things seem to be cheap, so perhaps you'll get a bargain!
We bought some bits (a MD player and a digital camera) in Hong Kong. Whilst there are undoubted bargains out there, you have to know precisely what you want to get and how much you should (and are prepared to) pay for it.
Like any good salesperson, the shop assistants out there will try to sell you what they want you to buy i.e. the one with the best profit margin. I'm not a cynic, just realistic - anybody would wouldn't they?
We're reasonably happy with the digicam we ended up with, but soon became aware we'd been talked around from the pure videocamera that we intended to buy, and bought a 'Jack of all trades' camera that has many plus points, but isn't really what we wanted.
And I'm no mug. I have a degree in electronics and was an engineering salesman for 5 years! It's not like I didn't know it was happening, they just convince you it's a good idea!
You must check that you get English manuals, and an english adaptor thrown in - not usually a problem, but don't take it for granted. If they can save a few quid by not giving you these, they will.
Laptops were a good 20% cheaper in Oz and NZ than here, but I plumped for one in the USA. I ordered it by phone from DELL when in Honolulu, to be delivered to my friend's flat in Chicago, so I could pick it up as I flew home to Manchester.
The best bit was that some states in the US (including Illionois) charge NO TAX on Internet purchases. Excellent!
I got a £1500 laptop for about £850.
Understand that electronic items are much cheaper in Malaysia than in Singapore.
Most of my friends who had been to both these countries, bought electronics items from M'sia.
I too was a bit wary when I went to Singapore but I was recommended Sim Lin Market which everyone will help you to get to. It is like a tower block with loads of floors and loads of stalls. You do need to know what you want and remember the cost of items as we found that the higher we went the cheaper things ended up.
I managed to get a really good bargain on a digital camera and I haven't had any problems touch wood!! I also know some people who bought a laptop over there and the same thing there.
I would recommend buying from there again just make sure that you get all the papers and ask if there is an international guarantee. I was also told that sometimes they will leave things out of the box and then make you pay more but I was very through when buying so just be aware!!