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    Default Why is it so much cheaper in penang?

    I recently found out that cameras are a lot cheaper in Penang then in KL or in Singapore of course? Does anyone know why it would be cheaper?

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    Default Re: Why is it so much cheaper in penang?

    It is not cheaper there.

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    Default Re: Why is it so much cheaper in penang?

    1. Free port

    2. No 7% GST

    3. Lower rent

    4. Lower wages

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    Default Re: Why is it so much cheaper in penang?

    I can't speak for Malaysia but I know many camera bodies and lenses are indeed cheaper in HK. I think you have to blame Canon Singapore, etc :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabee View Post
    I can't speak for Malaysia but I know many camera bodies and lenses are indeed cheaper in HK. I think you have to blame Canon Singapore, etc :P
    Just to rub salt to the wound, HK camera bodies comes with 2-years warranty (except 1D, 5D and 7D series)...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diavonex View Post
    1. Free port
    PG is not a free port. It was once, a long time ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cks2k2 View Post
    PG is not a free port. It was once, a long time ago.
    Thank you for the correction; Penang apparently lost it's free trade status in 1970.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CS TAN View Post
    Just to rub salt to the wound, HK camera bodies comes with 2-years warranty (except 1D, 5D and 7D series)...
    but only valid in HK mah

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    Quote Originally Posted by redname View Post
    but only valid in HK mah
    That why I said "Rub salt to the wound". We pay so much more in Singapore but only get 1 year warranty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CS TAN View Post
    That why I said "Rub salt to the wound". We pay so much more in Singapore but only get 1 year warranty.
    hahahaha, the extra money we pay is enough salt rubbing for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by redname View Post
    hahahaha, the extra money we pay is enough salt rubbing for me
    welcome to singapore!

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    You win some, you loose some. No point getting nice expensive cameras there when the weather is too horrid for taking photos half the time anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by huaiwei View Post
    You win some, you loose some. No point getting nice expensive cameras there when the weather is too horrid for taking photos half the time anyway.
    penang and HK the weather very horrid meh?

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    Default Re: Why is it so much cheaper in penang?

    I went to Penang and even Langkawi. It is not cheaper. Which shop are you talking about?
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    Default Re: Why is it so much cheaper in penang?

    Was referring to HK paiseh. So much smog and all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheChef View Post
    I went to Penang and even Langkawi. It is not cheaper. Which shop are you talking about?
    Langkawi definitely not cheap.

    Shops in Penang Road. Don't look for those in Shopping mall (example photo president)
    7D and 5DII about SGD100-200 cheaper.

    As for why... I also don't know. Maybe tight competition? From what I know it is really cheaper in Penang compare to certain shops in KL

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    Default Re: Why is it so much cheaper in penang?

    From what I know, 5d2 is definately cheaper in msia compared to spore and the best price are the same at most shops.

    As for Penang, I don't have knowledge they are cheaper than KL. From what I see Penang has large pool of photo enthusiast and mostly Nikon user (since film era). Canon is trying to gain some market share. So not surprise if canon have special price.

    Only canon msia knows the real answer.

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    Default Re: Why is it so much cheaper in penang?

    nikon stuffs are generally cheaper in JB.
    only thing is local warranty for bodies, but u hv international warranty for lenses.

    eg d90 body abt 1250, d300s abt 2150...
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    Well, I was in transit at Penang Airport, can't remember the name of the shop, but the guy assured me that it was not duty free and their branch in penang road sells the same price.. about 7000 RM plus for d5 Mark 2. That's why i was surprised. He just didnt have stock. Thanks everyone.

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    Default Re: Why is it so much cheaper in penang?

    Quote Originally Posted by huaiwei View Post
    Was referring to HK paiseh. So much smog and all.
    You sure? Take a look at this guy's HK photo:
    http://www.yin-image.com/
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