for Digital Cameras & Electronics - Where I'm coming from.
this page will give you an idea about shopping for electronics
in Singapore. My PERSONAL opinions, recommendations are based
on personal experiences. Many moons ago, I use to get paid for
taking photographs. I did mostly food and people. Then I stopped
altogether. Singapore was not the most conducive market for a
gadget freak in me peeked with the advent of Digital Cameras.
It satisfies the need for immediate gratification in most of us,
capturing the moment and reviewing through the LCD immediately
after. It allows you to correct any mistakes made instantaneously.
The learning curve is a whole lot less steep and you learn the
finer points of photography much faster.
me, I just like looking at my vacation pix when I'm taking a break
from work, remembering the stories and funnies behind all the
pictures of our bunkies or simply as reference pictures when I
am trying to recall some details. Memories get fuzzy. Considering
that the cost of a travel holiday runs into the thousands, fuzzy
memories is a bit less that what I want. I want nice sharp pictures.
for Electronics in Singapore.
on where you're coming from, UK, Norway, Sweden, Europe in general,
or heading to, Singapore could possibly be a gadget freak's paradise.
The only items I'd unreservedly encourage the purchase of in Singapore
would be electronics. They are far cheaper compared to the few
countries I've mentioned and comparatively cheaper regionally.
If you're heading to Oz, Malaysia, Thailand, get your electronic
fix here. You'd save a few bucks. If you're heading home, to the
UK, Norway, Sweden etc. go max out your credit card. Even if you
decide not to want whatever you bought, sell them at a discount
and you'd still be smiling your way to the bank.
keep in mind the old maxim of caveat emptor, or "let the
buyer beware," still applies. Most stand alone shops DO NOT
have refund policies.
Singapore is an electronic mecca for the technophiles, then Sim
Lim Square would be the holy grail. That building is best avoided
by the technophobes as the immensity and seemingly endless range
you find there is, well, endless. From the thread sized cable
ties to the SATA harddisk cables, gold plated speaker connectors
to the latest mega pixels state of the art digital camera and
DV equipment. It's really easy to get lost in the whirlpool of
confusion. Choices, choices and more choices.
a typically asian society, bargaining is part and parcel of the
shopping experience. This is where it gets tricky and in some
instances down right hairy. Be warned, the
old maxim of caveat emptor, or "let the buyer beware,"
still applies. Most stand alone shops DO NOT have refund policies.
what you want.
it's always good to know what you're looking for exactly. Even
though it's not always possible for a myriad of reasons, try to
keep it within the ball park. It's a good idea to do some research
so that you'll pick up the signs if some sleazy sales person tries
blowing smoke into your face. Remembering a few factoids comes
in helpful. It gives the impression that you're not letting on
how much you know, or rather, you don't. But don't give your hand
away on the first set.
how much to pay.
you're coming from the UK, Norway, Sweden or the likes, prices
may seem like giveaways. As much as possible, try getting a benchmark
of the price for the model you're interested in at a reputable
departmental store like Mustapha's or Harvey Norman's. The items
you're interested in will most probably be price tagged. Thereafter,
armed with the necessary information, we go to war in the Mecca
of Electronics, Sim Lim Square.
you're likely to face:
is more irritating then a pushy salesperson who tries to unload
excess stocks, well, except maybe meeting those whose ignorance
about electronic is only exceeded by their willingness to show
terms of percentages, the likely hood of you getting the run is
in the high 90's. Bargaining is not what it's hacked out to be
anymore. Nowadays, it's something attune to being tedious and
frustrating. This page stems from the numerous encounters my bunkies
experienced and more often than not, scammed. It's very, very
irritating, especially when they come back all worked up and distraught.
we work hard at providing an enriching and happy experience. Unhappy
incidents just cheapens and undo the effort and sweat we have
put in. Most of these recurring incidents are always from the
same few shops. Undoubtedly, there are those that go above and
beyond the call of duty. But these people end up having to bear
the brunt of mistrust generated by the irritating few. It's a
around usually results in confusion. Shop keepers nested within
the tourist shopping districts, has a really annoying habit of
winding you up. Very often, when asked for prices, they would
either give you one that is ridiculously high or one that is below
their cost. It appears that they get their kick out of winding
of the thumb, head to where you see the most locals. You would
want to avoid those with an excessive number of staff with nothing
better to do except sitting at their counters doing nothing other
than trying to entertain themselves, and usually at you expense.
Yes, it's irritating.
with their ridiculously low prices they will have you going back
thinking you're got the best deal possible, only to eventually
realize that you're not going to be buying peanuts. You'd be inundated
with tunes of colorful excuses:
Art of Colourful Excuses
real meaning behind
I'm sorry I thought you asked for this OTHER model. "
that price, i might as well give it to you free, idiot.
Oh? That was the price for the display model, it's sold already,
but we do have a brand NEW one just displayed. This one costs...
We just ran out of stock. But if you wait for 5 years... "
since I''ve 7 hrs to go before work finishes...
you decide to wait:
For that price, you should actually be looking at this other
of wind directions:
Why would you get THAT? My profit is higher for, oops, what
I mean is that the rest of the world is getting this really
great model... "
means exactly that.
That was the package price, you need to get it together with
THE package ... "
I were to sell all the other accessories I could make back...
have huge profit margins. Becareful if you don't know exactly
what you're getting. It's the best source of profit for
the shops. Price variations for the same type of product
of different specifications can differ by 3-400%. Eg: 256mb
ranges from $60ish-$200ish. You generally get what you pay
for. My recommendations would be to get technology one or
two generations back, that way, you're not paying a premium
for cutting edge tech.
and lining pockets:
Now all you need is a wide/tele lens, the adapter to fit, a
memory card to keep a gazillion pix, a 14 kg tripod to hold
a 800 gm camera, battries to last 20,000 shots, filters to make
you Herb Ritts/Ansel Adams, external flash that fries the brain
of your subject, card readers compatible with photolabs on Venus.
All that will just cost a measly 10 times more than the camera...
In Sterling/Euros/Usd/seashells/bones it's just only blah, blah,
blah, you're saving 5 whole perecnt compared to home... "
is cheaper compared to home, but by how much? Don't jump the
gun. There are good deals to be had. Compare prices IN SINGAPORE.
Shop where the locals do. Mustapha's at Serangoon has decent
pricings. Excellent for BENCH-MARKING. You'll notice it's
geared towards locals.
Warranty? It's not necessary. This little plastic camera with
2,000,000 photocells (2mp)
in a sensor the
size of your pinky's nail can last through the terminator's
It's just me, With
2,000,000 photocells (2mp) in a sensor the size of your pinky's
nail, nothing can possibly go wrong? But
what do I know? I'm paranoid. Remember,
he'll be back...
The total comes to just only blah, blah, blah. "
But wait, that wasn't what we agreed! "
it was! But now it's including GST, Credit Card charges, COE,
ERP, lousy service Tax, You're an idiot and I'm gonna scam
you for all you're worth tax... "
of 4% is normally not included. You can claim back 3'ish%
only if you're flying out of Singapore.
shops charge an additional 2-3% if you're using your credit
card. Use it only if your card insures your purchases.
you wish to seek redress against a retailer
Tourism Board has a
list of errant retailers. Complaints can be lodged with the
STB by calling the Hotline at 1800-736 3366 (toll-free in Singapore).
you wish to receive some form of redress within 24 hours (depending
on the complexity of the claim), you can also lodge your complaint
directly with the Small Claims Tribunals (SCT) at: 2 Havelock
Road, #05-00 Apollo Centre, Singapore 059763. An administrative
fee of S$10 is payable to the SCT.
a Digital Camera
a good chance that you'd be over whelmed by choices. There's more
than 23 different brands all with different models catering to
different budgets and specifications.
to look for.
Models and makes to check out.
Pros and Cons.
This page is progressively built, it's not completed.
I'm just trying to provide as much informatin as possible,
as soon as possible.