Electronics/Laptops in Singapore - cheap?

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1. Posted by fox1977 (Full Member 54 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi there,

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?

Thanks

john

2. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 615 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi John,
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.

3. Posted by citybell (Full Member 419 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

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.

4. Posted by princessem (Budding Member 2 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi

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!!

Good luck

Emma

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7. Posted by UliS (Respected Member 106 posts) 23w Star this if you like it!

Sim Lin at 1 Rochor Canal Road, Singapore has a large selection, also Low Yat Plaza in Kuala Lumpur and Panthip Plaza in Bangkok. Be carefull in all of them fraud is possible and you have to know what you want ant how much it would be in your country. I can compare it only with prices in Europe some products are quite a bit cheaper in SE Asia but others cheaper in Europe (skinflint.co.uk is a good price compare site for different European countries). In case you buy, insist on starting and trying the laptop first (this will be most likely possible only after you bought the thing but in my experience not unusual). If you want to be safe Changi airport has also shops, when you arrive look at their prices (a bit more of course).

8. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 506 posts) 22w Star this if you like it!

Even though the original post is 13 years old, I'll add my tuppence worth.
You really need to be exceptionally knowledgeable to be certain you're getting what you pay for and you have to be prepared for the guarantee to be worthless when you take the item out of Singapore (or wherever).
It's not unknown for the local experts in some countries to write a programme which shows the wrong information about the specification on a laptop (and on smart phones) so it looks like you're getting one thing but when you get it home and an expert in your own country looks at it, they then tell you what you've really bought.
I suspect this is highly unlikely to happen (especially in a shop in Singapore) but it has happened.

9. Posted by natnatroswell22 (Inactive 36 posts) 22w Star this if you like it!

I do agree with Andrew Mack's opinion. It'd be better if you'll buy gadgets in your local so if anything happens, it'd be easier to approach the local experts for it.