Where can I buy GENUINE cheap electronic goods (ie. laptops and cameras) in Asia?
You always seem to meet or hear about people travelling to places like Hong Kong, Bangkok or Singapore who end up buying the latest model of some brand name electronic device, that isn't yet available in your home country, for the price of a toaster. But is this just an urban legend? Do these places exist? If so, can somebody let me know where they are as I'll be in Asia in a few months and am in the market for a new laptop and a new camera.
Not sure if you're passing back through Tokyo, but if you are check out Electric Town in Akihabara. Haven't actually been there myself for years, but it used to be the place to go.
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they are cheap but reliable!
If you are passing through Kuala Lumpur, make a short stop at Sungei Wang Plaza. The shops are open until 10pm. Take your time exploring the area, there are quite a few camera shops there. And don't forget to brush up on your haggling skills before you go.
As for the laptops, I'm not sure if they are as cheap in Asia. I saved nearly 400 euro's on mine, but my friend smuggled it back from the US :-)
Yeah, I am also on the lookout for a new mobile phone (with GPRS!), mp3 player, external hard drive and possibly a laptop nice and cheap.
Any more recommendations on where to shop??
Does anyone know if these items are on Sale in Kuala Lumpur during the Malaysia mega Sale Carnival Jun - Aug??
(countries visiting in SEA: Malaysia, Thail, Cambodia, V.N, Laos, China (east))
In Jakarta, you should go to Mangga Dua, there are hundreds stores offer electronic devices. The price is cheaper than malls/plazas but most of electronic devices are imported from overseas so I don't think the prices would be much less than any other countries.
It depends on where you come from if you get a "good deal" or not. I do see new stuff from time to time in Asia that is not for sale in the US yet.
I can buy computers and laptops cheaper in the U.S. than in Thailand or Singapore. Every weekend in the U.S. a big store will have computers on sale at good prices.
Singapore may have some early looks at what will be on sale in my country in the future but the regular computers are cheaper in my own home country. Another thing to consider, if you buy a computer overseas and it is loaded with "unofficial" programs - those programs may not be supported with necessary updates when you use your computer. The warranty may or may not be recognized in a different country than where you bought it.
I find (genuine) Apple products to be no real bargain in Asia compared to the U.S. either.
Cables, CD cards, Flash Drives and assorted small bits and pieces may be cheaper.