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Camera Prices In Thailand. What Can We Do?

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I buy Nikon gear. When I was hopping back and forth between the USA and Thailand I considered buying my equipment in Bangkok and getting the 7% VAT refund. Even when the exchange rate was 38THB/USD it just wasn't worth it. The prices here are just too high when you buy from a reputable dealer like Fotophile. My most recent purchase was the Nikon 16-35mm F/4 VR which I bought in the USA (on-line) for $1,150. At Fotophile it is on sale for 47,000 THB (or $1,575):

http://www.fotofile.net/product.php?id=14282

By the way, this lens is made here in Thailand!

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Like most things in Thailand importation and distribution is in the hands of a few important families and their companies (as was the case in most countries 50 or more years ago). The price is artificially high for maximum profit and without viable competition the customer either pays or does without. Only as models age is the price allowed to fall. The only alternative is gray market with no official guarantee or buying off-brand items which are not a part of this controlled price fixing operation. For cars this is a major industry (for non official imports) but for most other items it is still minor and controlled by the major firms well enough to avoid real competition. There are several firms on internet and at major IT shopping areas, such as Fortune, that sell cameras at substantial discount with copies of manuals and shop guarantee. The several I have bought were Japanese domestic sold items and have worked fine. But these were consumer models in the 10k range rather than professional models where the lack of real guarantee might be of more concern. But for those living in Thailand suspect it is a viable option.

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Thank you lopburi3, you have given a sensible answer to my original posting.

Unfortunately, the Thai people are stuck with these rip-offs, and it won't change until the Thais find some way of changing it. As I stated in my OP, it's to the benefit of the few and the detriment of the many. As for the ex-pats, we will do well to buy back home and not support the cartels.

TheScribe.

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Big growth business here will be online sales. I bought a Lumix LX5 for 15,500 from zoomcamera.net. No problems.

DSLR here are generally cheaper than the UK now, especially the Canon 500D or 550D, much, much cheaper in Thailand.

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I see Pix-One seem to be much cheaper than other companies here in Thailand.

Canon 60D Body is 28.600 baht

Canon S95 is 12.600 baht

Sony A55 VL 18-55 30.990 baht

I cannot read Thai so I do not know if these prices are before VAT etc.

I am very interested in the Sony.

:D:):D

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Cheapest place for cameras is america and New York and or Amazon .com

What i hate is Nikons are made in Thailand yet they cost 20-25% more than outsdie Thailand :lol:

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I was in Bangkok this week and found a Pix-one shop in Rangsit Future Park (skytrain to mo-chit, then 150 Baht taxi).

Prices are the best I've found in Thailand. Brochure attached.

Pix-one-brochure.pdf

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I just bought a new Samsung EX1/TL500 from an Internet shop here in Sweden and the price is about 11900 baht.

I saw on the internet that it costs 15990 baht in "Power Buy" in Thailand!:rolleyes:

Cheaper to buy electronics in Malaysia or Singapore although you have to shop around and be ready for some hard bargaining!B)

Plahgat

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I was in Bangkok this week and found a Pix-one shop in Rangsit Future Park (skytrain to mo-chit, then 150 Baht taxi).

Prices are the best I've found in Thailand. Brochure attached.

Their prices do look good. Are they official or grey imports, do you know?

Incidentally, since you're in Chiang Mai, please feel free to come along to one of our CM Photographic Group meetings - details on our website, here. We are having a New Year social evening this Wednesday at the Red Mango bar (in the old Tusker's location) and then next month our exhibition opens in Airport Plaza (see separate thread).

The CMPG gets good discounts at several local suppliers (not Big Camera, by the way) and meets every fortnight.

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PixOne is where I have bought - they have two outlets in Fortune. They sell both types; at different prices.

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With most cameras not carrying an international warranty buying a grey import at a substantial saving (compared to local prices) versus traveling abroad to buy makes no difference that I can see. Many people seem to think grey imports are bad for some reason. I have bought several 'grey' products from camera shops in Thailand and had no problems at all with the shop warranty service. The shop that I use which is in Pantip Plaza offers a straight replacement for any problems that occur in the first month and then after that for one year they will send it to the local service centre and have it fixed within a short time frame.

I have found that I can get stuff cheaper here in Thailand than say the US. Example Nikon D700's are priced around $2,100 (63,500) here and the cheapest I can see a new one for in the states is about $2,300. Of course if you shop at Power Buy and Big Camera then you will pay extra. I normally buy from here http://www.digilifethailand.com/ptshop/ but there are plenty of other places that have similar prices. Also you will find these shops have staff that know much more about what they are selling compared to Big Camera etc.

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With most cameras not carrying an international warranty buying a grey import at a substantial saving (compared to local prices) versus traveling abroad to buy makes no difference that I can see. Many people seem to think grey imports are bad for some reason. I have bought several 'grey' products from camera shops in Thailand and had no problems at all with the shop warranty service. The shop that I use which is in Pantip Plaza offers a straight replacement for any problems that occur in the first month and then after that for one year they will send it to the local service centre and have it fixed within a short time frame.

I have found that I can get stuff cheaper here in Thailand than say the US. Example Nikon D700's are priced around $2,100 (63,500) here and the cheapest I can see a new one for in the states is about $2,300. Of course if you shop at Power Buy and Big Camera then you will pay extra. I normally buy from here http://www.digilifet...and.com/ptshop/ but there are plenty of other places that have similar prices. Also you will find these shops have staff that know much more about what they are selling compared to Big Camera etc.

I have never seen a D700 for anything even remotely close to 63k baht at Pantip.

Every Nikon lense I have bought has come with an International Warranty, whilst I'm led to believe bodies dont. Perhaps low end lenses maynot come with the International Warranty.

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Have a look here mate - http://www.digilifethailand.com/ptshop/13-02-nikon Its actually listed at 63,900 but I guarantee you they will discount that a further 1-2k.

As for the lens you may be right but many of shops selling grey imports aren't fly-by-night companies, they have been in business for 20+ years. They do honour their warranties.

You mentioned earlier in the thread about a shop in Sydney selling stuff cheaper than here... I have found the complete opposite, if you don't mind I would appreciate the name and/or website for that shop. I have family and friends that will shop there if thats the case;)

Cheers:-)

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Canon DSLR's are much cheaper here than in the UK.

Bask 1, Canon EOS 60D+18-135MM 38,900.00 บาท FREE SD2GB,CASE,LCD FILM PROTEC

Amazon UK Canon D60

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