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I am currently researching to buy a new Samsung smart phone. I have visited a few outlets and have a couple of models in mind though need to do more research. I am not tech savvy.

I looked at the price of phones on line (eg Lazada) and some of the prices compared to the shops are cheaper by two-thirds and more. This sounds too good to be true.

Is it?

Thanks for any answers!

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It would help if you let us know the models and prices you have found.

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I guess phones sold in shops have to be more expensive to cover the cost of the shop/staff. They are often shown with the RRP. Many phones can be imported without going through the main dealerships and are therefore much cheaper. For example i have just bought a OnePlus phone via Lazada for 17,700 baht but the RRP from the Official OnePlus store is 25,000. 

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You can also get very good prices at the phone company shops like i.e. DTAC.

Recently I bought a new Samsung phone I think for 1500B. The normal retail price was more than 4000B. All I needed was a monthly contract with DTAC which I had anyhow already.

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On 11/22/2019 at 12:01 PM, homeseeker said:

Too good to be true ?

Just look at the ratings, then you will see that it's a fake.

 

On 11/22/2019 at 12:01 PM, homeseeker said:

but 2 shops quoted me respectively 13,000 and 14,000 bht...

The official Samsung shop is selling it for 11,990

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Thank u jackdd...I will look official Samsung shop..😀

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Many of the Lazada vendor are getting stock from other Asian countries... These are grey market phones most likely flown into a Thailand in people luggage... So there is no VAT being charged... I bought a Galaxy S10 from a vendor for less than 20k a few months ago... It was new in box but was in Korean so I had to change the language to English... but other than that it’s a great phone...

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On 11/22/2019 at 11:06 AM, OneMoreFarang said:

All I needed was a monthly contract with DTAC which I had anyhow already.

And the Samsung A70 is 9990 or 10490 at DTAC.

I would be cautious if online shops offer it for much less.

 

Lazada is full of fakes. Really disturbing.

Filter for "Local", "fullfilled by Lazada" and OOPS:

one offer for 12490!

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1 hour ago, sfokevin said:

Many of the Lazada vendor are getting stock from other Asian countries...

Smuggled, used, refurbished/repaired, stolen goods...

A couple of options.

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On 11/22/2019 at 11:06 AM, OneMoreFarang said:

You can also get very good prices at the phone company shops like i.e. DTAC.

Recently I bought a new Samsung phone I think for 1500B. The normal retail price was more than 4000B. All I needed was a monthly contract with DTAC which I had anyhow already.

This is a very common practice worldwide. Sometimes you can even get the phone for free. My new smartphone is tied to True at a 3rd of its normal price, which is no problem for me because I already have True internet/TV. I get the SIM for free and free browsing when I'm away from home. I just pay for the calls.

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If it’s too cheap there’s usually a reason and that would generally be because it’s a fake. I bought a Samsung on eBay last month and saved about 10%. The seller was legitimate. Phone was verified by Samsung when they set it up moving all my stuff from my previous phone. Buying online can be safe if you research properly

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I bought an oppo in Thailand the same phone was 50 dollars cheaper in my home country.

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A Samsung Galaxy S10+ at Chi Chang in CM is presently THB 35,400, at Lazada THB 25,790. I don't think the Lazada one is genuine.

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