Recently one of my friend came back from HK Disney with family and claimed that the amount he saved from his camera equipments compensated his holiday cost. He purchased few L lenses in HK and the amount he saved in comparison to Sin almost paid for his holiday.
We did a quick calculation, and basically you need to buy one high end lens to break-even..
here it is.
SIN-HKG-SIN = S$334 (Jetstar) (go morning, comeback evening, buy early can be even cheaper)
Bus : Airport - Tsim Sha Sui & back = HKD 33X2 = S$12
Makan = S$20
Home-Changi-Home =$3 (MRT)
HKD price for EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM : HKD 10200 = S$1800 (actual price sud be lower!!)
Total : S$2169
Here is the price in Sin
EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM - $2699 (RRP) | $2172 (CP-P, Mar09) | $2160 (JO, May09) | $2140 (PA-HV, Jul09) | $2150 (TK, Sep09) | $2160 cash (MS, w/ GST, Mar10) | $2190 (AP-S, Apr10)$2140 (MS, w/ GST, Jun10)
Canon lenses are International Warranty, so not much issue on that end.
Ideally, u must declare the items at custom and pay 7% gst... but not many really bother to do so when they self carry the item.
So basically if you plan to buy few items or few kakis combine together... you each can save few hundreds!! To me this few hundreds are worth than saving on 2nd hand items!!
Some food for thought!! or we are missing something