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Usually in most malls have an area with up to 10 or 15 of these little phone shops, all usually look the same (perhaps same owner). The new stock they have is usually priced at least 20% higher than you would get from a reputable shop (Powerbuy, Big C, Samsung, Oppo, Banana etc). They don't often have much second hand stuff and when they do it is OLD and they want practically new price for those too. I know many don't do repairs....they will accept a phone for repair but send to someone else. Most of them don't sell many accessories and most malls have specialist accessory shops way cheaper than them anyway. I have always wondered how they make any money? They must be paying huge rent in a mall.

 

Am currently looking for a cheap second hand phone. Just a secondhand phone but with decent storage. Model I know would suit me (already have one) new street price even on Lazada, BIg C etc about 5500 baht. Anything second hand here on say Facebook marketplace (I would only buy face to face) about 500 baht off the new price. Seems to be across the board even if the phone is a year old. I would think a phone 3 - 6 months old would be about 50 -60% of the new price. Not in Thailand apparently. The only ones I see round this price are clearly scammers with new accounts and no pick up

 

 

 

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I got mine from Lazada this year (the 601), 4400b NEW with 6gigs ram, 5000 mAh battery, 6 inch full-HD, and Android 9 update ready to download.  3-slot dual-sim+microSD and near-stock Android 8.1.  No idea where they all went from Lazada now!

 

 

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54 minutes ago, Laza 45 said:

It was quite a few years ago now.. I took my wife shopping for a new phone at the shopping center (big at the time).. we looked around.. picked a phone.. got the price.. and I said we should check with the other stalls.. My wife says.. '..no good.. all stalls owned by the same lady..'! 

I believe that to be true. But there prices are usually 20% higher than proper Samsung, Oppo, Jaymart, Banana shops which are usually close by. Unless they offer terms. 10% down and 1000 baht a month for the rest of your life.

 

And they don't tend to sell accessories anymore. Usually shops in the mall specializes in only phone accessories and very cheap. I don't get it

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They do seem to have very few customers. My GF's grand-daughter bought an iPhone, 3000 baht. It expired in about a month. No warranty. I usually buy secondhand if I can, but not smartphones.

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Any second hand phones they have are old and the same price as new, and their new phones 20% more than normal street price. Unless you were turning over late model second hand phones quickly, they would be old model second hand phones pretty quickly and value dropped accordingly

 

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18 minutes ago, Kenny202 said:

I believe that to be true. But there prices are usually 20% higher than proper Samsung, Oppo, Jaymart, Banana shops which are usually close by. Unless they offer terms. 10% down and 1000 baht a month for the rest of your life.

 

And they don't tend to sell accessories anymore. Usually shops in the mall specializes in only phone accessories and very cheap. I don't get it

I have no idea how it works.. rent must be high in the malls.. I had a glass screen replaced on my phone recently at one of the stalls.. 100 Bt..In Australia they would have told me to throw it away and buy a new one.. My wife said it should have been 8o Bt..!  I can't see how they can pay the rent and eat.. 

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It's hard to find a repair shop that wont try to rip you off as well as do a good job.

 

 

I definitely would be hesitant to get a decent phone repaired again, one repair shop replaced my partners OLED screen with in-screen finger print sensor for an LCD with no finger print sensor, for the "low" price of 2500 baht (it's a 1000 baht part on ebay).

 

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Regarding Facebook marketplace, I price my secondhand stuff realistically. I have found that the first question from potential Thai buyers is "How much will you come down?" That's why the prices posted there are so close to new. You're expected to offer half or less. Farang buyers are more likely to see the posted price is reasonable. 

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Around the BKK CBD, like centralwOrld, Siam Paragon, MBK, I once commented to the wife: "Gee, those cell phone ladies sure are done up. Look at all that make up, and those nice clothes. They do all that to sell just a couple of phones a day? How much profit? I think all that make up costs more."

 

Then she says to me, "They go with customers." Bow chicka bow. Extra communication services. Making those connections. Selecting the correct USB port. Ok I'll stop now.

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2 hours ago, CrunchWrapSupreme said:

Around the BKK CBD, like centralwOrld, Siam Paragon, MBK, I once commented to the wife: "Gee, those cell phone ladies sure are done up. Look at all that make up, and those nice clothes. They do all that to sell just a couple of phones a day? How much profit? I think all that make up costs more."

 

Then she says to me, "They go with customers." Bow chicka bow. Extra communication services. Making those connections. Selecting the correct USB port. Ok I'll stop now.

You can call for takeaway?

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