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Camera Prices In Thailand. What Can We Do?

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Last week I decided to buy myself a new dSLR. In the old days I had a 35mm Pentax Spotmatic, used it till it wore out. Then I tried APS and was disappointed, and recently I have been using a Nikon Coolpix P5000.

After a bit of research, I decided a Nikon D3100 might suit me. Went to Big Camera in Chiang Mai Airport Plaza. They didn't have any in stock, should be coming next year. Their brochure show it priced at 24,990 Baht with the 18-55 zoom.

After checking out a few UK and European websites, its clear that this price is up to 20% higher than elsewhere. Check it out at amazon.co.uk. Its £438.40 with free delivery and in stock now. That's about 20,605 Baht with an exchange rate of 47. Even with the sky-high Swiss Franc, the mail order website www.pcp.ch comes in at about 22,000 Baht, delivery in 2 days.

Of course this also applies to most other electronic and computer kit in Thailand, but it certainly wasn't like this 3 or 4 years ago.

Why should this be? The rising Baht is one reason, but not enough. Thai importers and wholesalers have to buy in USD like every one else. Also, Thailand is in the World Trade Organisation, and cannot (legally or at least visibly) charge higher-than-usual import duties without risking retaliation from other countries.

The only reason I can imagine is excessive price-gouging by the importer/retailer cartel (whoever they are). Maybe there are also over-zealous tea-thirsty customs officers adding to the problem.

Anyway, I think rather than whinging, there are two things we could and should be doing.

1) Raise awareness of the problem. Excessive prices on kit benefit the few to the detriment of the many. Thailand is poorer because fewer people can afford the quality stuff. We should be writing to the press about it, and getting a lot more people to complain.

2) We could set up a friendly gift club where anyone doing a trip to Europe, UK or the States brings back one or two friendly gifts for their friends.

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I have been in the market for Canon G12 as my DSLR is too bulky and I rarely carry it around. My compact is getting too old.

The best price I found in Singapore a couple of weeks ago, equated to about THB 18,000

The cheapest online UK price was £366 +/-THB 17,300

I bought the Canon G12 from fortune town for THB 16,000

Perhaps the issue is due to lack of competition in Chiang Mai ?. In Bangkok I have found the prices to be very competitive.

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Camera and lens prices are generally cheaper in Thailand than most places. It may be that they have mispriced that particular model.. Check out the lens prices in jessops to big camera, you will find a big difference.

I bought a 30mm Canon block lens in Big Camera for 3,999. The same lens was £129 in Jessops. Same principle applied to the wide angle I bought also.

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With the weak £, the UK is relatively cheap now.

I just bought a Lumix GF1 for £397 off Amazon (£429 in Jessops). It would have been around 37000b in Thailand.

I'm also noticing that advertised UK prices are comparing well with Hong Kong. Though I believe Hong Kong prices are more negotiable.

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Thai charge 20-30 % duty.

Singapore, Hong Kong do not.

How can stuff be cheap in UK with 25% VAT ?

I buy locally so I get a warranty.

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How can stuff be cheap in UK with 25% VAT ?

Never has been and probably never will be. Though companies that operate on-line, as some posters have mentioned are helpiing a little.

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Thai charge 20-30 % duty.

Singapore, Hong Kong do not.

How can stuff be cheap in UK with 25% VAT ?

I buy locally so I get a warranty.

I believe the Thai duty on cameras is 5%; plus 7% VAT. UK VAT is currently 17.5% (about to be 20%).

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Is not the D3100 made in Thailand? So what import duty.

Why can gray mkt importers sell cheaper than the official Nikon retailers in Thailand if a camera has no import duty?

I have racked my brain and I cannot come up with answer. :blink:

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Camera and lens prices are generally cheaper in Thailand than most places.

I have found the opposite to that with Nikon stuff. I wanted a couple of new lenses but due to the cost here in Thailand I put off the purchase for a couple of months until I went to Sydney Australia where I bought the gear from an Authorised Nikon dealer for prices cheaper than what 'grey' gear sells for here in Thailand. :crazy:

Last year one item of Nikon equipment I wanted was actually made in Thailand, same thing, it was available for sale in Australia, cheaper than what it was here. CRAZY STUFF.

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Companies such as Nikon get all sorts of concessions when bringing raw materials and components into Thailand to manufacture their products; on the understanding they are manufacturing for export. Items sold locally have their prices increased; although I am not sure how this is done; maybe by a special tax on the items.

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Companies such as Nikon get all sorts of concessions when bringing raw materials and components into Thailand to manufacture their products; on the understanding they are manufacturing for export. Items sold locally have their prices increased; although I am not sure how this is done; maybe by a special tax on the items.

Well something fairly extreeeeeeeme happens, let me tell you :lol: . I recently saved a tad over 20,000 baht on one lense alone (Ohh and was tickled pink by that, which is why I mentioned it) :rolleyes:

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How can stuff be cheap in UK with 25% VAT ?

Never has been and probably never will be. Though companies that operate on-line, as some posters have mentioned are helpiing a little.

I looked up the camera I bought with some Hong Kong based online retailers:

Tin Cheung are charging 7864.50 HKD - £642

DC Fever 7490 HKD - £611

Fortress 5790 HKD - £472

Digitalrev £460 no HK price shown.

Obviously they might not keep their we sites up to date, but all of them are dearer than what I paid in the UK.

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The GF1 is currently 22,500 baht at AVcamera in Bangkok.

Thanks.. That one has the more expensive lens than mine, but works out to £475.

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I don't know the reasons because I don't have any control over them, but I DO know that just about everything electronic, other than cel-phones, are more expensive in Thailand than they are in Canada. And, everything in Canada is more expensive than it is in the USA. On top of that I can't always be sure that what I buy in Thailand is not a knock off shipped down from China.

About 6 years ago I stayed in Thailand longer than expected and needed a laptop. I bought one in the Pantip plaza that was supposed to be an ASUS. It certainly SEEMS to be, but it didn't have a licensed or registered Windows program on it. And, a similar laptop in Canada was about 30% cheaper than it was in Thailand.

I bought a so called Nokia cel-phone in Thailand that turned out to be a good copy, but not the real thing. You don't always know what you are getting despite the fancy packaging.

As far as cameras are concerned I've checked prices of all the new ones I'm interested in each year and compare prices in Thailand vs Canada. They are ALWAYS about 20% cheaper in Canada.

This year I brought my own GPS to Thailand. I paid less for the Garmin than I did for the Thai map program I bought here.

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