Would you buy camera overseas just cause it's cheaper?


watzzup

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Hi,

Just wondering if you had compare prices for some cameras overseas and local prices, found that overseas is cheaper

would you buy and didn't care if it had international warranty?

would you buy it just cause it's cheaper and hopefully it won't breakdown within the year?

What are some of the camera's you bought overseas? was it worth it?
 

kei1309

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Hi,

Just wondering if you had compare prices for some cameras overseas and local prices, found that overseas is cheaper

would you buy and didn't care if it had international warranty?

would you buy it just cause it's cheaper and hopefully it won't breakdown within the year?

What are some of the camera's you bought overseas? was it worth it?
Not the first time this topic is brought up. Go do a search.
 

trd2970

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If it's significantly cheaper then it makes sense right
 

watzzup

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Even though overseas are cheaper but do consider the aftermath of a break down,non warranty status
repairs will cost a bomb.
Yeah that's what i meant, cheap vs. non warranty status.

Cheap being hopeful it last as long as it's suppose to be. at least a yr or more cause even local warranty is about a year.
 

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Warranty is a bet, or a promise. Nothing more. The difference is: if you take it, you have to pay upfront, the camera maker will only pay if something breaks. Your call.
 

ricohflex

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I do not expect anything I buy to break down soon after 1 year from purchase date.
I am still unhappy if it breaks down within the warranty period. That means lousy QC by manufacturer. That means lemon.

Well manufactured things are made to last. You can tell from the quality. Like German kitchen knives.
 

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We have a national duty to buy from Singapore camera shops even if it costs more.

Singapore camera shops employ Singaporeans and the shops pay tax to government and thereby it helps to build roads, schools, hospitals, playgrounds etc. :)
 

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giantcanopy

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You have to weigh on the warranty issue and any subsequent tangible price advantage after declaring items at customs for taxation.

Also be careful of tourist scammers in hk.

We have a national duty to buy from Singapore camera shops even if it costs more.

Singapore camera shops employ Singaporeans and the shops pay tax to government and thereby it helps to build roads, schools, hospitals, playgrounds etc. :)
Best citizen award.
 

trd2970

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Even though overseas are cheaper but do consider the aftermath of a break down,non warranty status
repairs will cost a bomb.
That's why I mention it has to be significantly cheaper...
 

Octarine

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You have to weigh on the warranty issue and any subsequent tangible price advantage after declaring items at customs for taxation.
Haven't seen any customs officer checking for electronic devices on arrival here in SG. They have other items in focus.
Of course, if one has 3 cameras sealed in original boxes in the luggage one might get some attention. Throw the carton, put the camera into hand luggage, done.
 

trd2970

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Frankly i will consider buying from Malaysia if cheaper. Even if it's not covered by international warranty, at least it's still not that much of a hassle to travel to jb/kl to get the equipment fixed.
 

hanzohattori

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I would buy if the salesgirl there is better :bsmilie:
 

ahboy168

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I am going kL next week. Any good shop to recommend ?
 

trd2970

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I am going kL next week. Any good shop to recommend ?
I bought from boeing photo sdn bhd at sungei wang plaza. Not sure if they're the cheapest, but service is good.

U can check out the local malaysia photography forum photomalaysia for recommendations
 

watzzup

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This one win!! LOL!
I would buy if the salesgirl there is better :bsmilie:
A different perspective. Interesting.
We have a national duty to buy from Singapore camera shops even if it costs more.

Singapore camera shops employ Singaporeans and the shops pay tax to government and thereby it helps to build roads, schools, hospitals, playgrounds etc. :)

Yeah, coz i'm eyeing on an x20 that's roughly about $130 dols cheaper..
Only if the 'saving' is significant enough...
 

hanzohattori

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If you buy camera gear from KL the robbers will wait outside the door and rob you.

Best is to buy two. One to be robbed to make the robbers happy and the other hidden inside your shirt. :)
I thought the second is to take picture of the robber after he rob you :bsmilie:
 

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