Advice needed! Buying cameras in China, Thailand or Singapore

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  1. photophoto

    photophoto TPF Noob!

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    Hello,

    I am new here to this forum so i hope this thread belongs here, if not please let me know.

    I am heading to Australia soon and will probably have a 2-3 day stay either in Hong Kong, Shangai, Bangkok or Singapore.

    I would like to buy a new Canon 7D or a Canon 550D with 1-2 lenses and the typcal accessories like cards, bag, filters....

    So I would like to know where its best (price/quality) to buy in each of this countries/cities. Which stores or malls?

    Also, I was wondering if a Sandisk Extreme III 4GB CF 30mb/s. would be enough for HD1080 Videos and RAW/JPG stills for a Canon 7D??

    I have searched the inernet but didnt find real answer. Maybe you can help me.

    Thanks
     
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    No one???
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Nope! No one.

    You don't show your location on the planet in your profile, and are not an active, contributing member of TPF.

    Though TPF is an International forum, the vast majority of the membership is USA based, and doesn't buy gear in Hong Kong, Shangai, Bangkok or Singapore.

    Have a great time on your trip and I hope you don't pay to much for your new gear. :thumbup:
     
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    As I mentioned I am new here on this forum. So I cant be an active, contributing member of TPF. Is there a minimum of threads before getting help here?? Let me know.

    I hoped to get some nice help here but it seems there is some elite attitude here.

    Well, there must be at leat 5 members here that bought their gear outside of the US or maybe a cousins friend of a friend who knows someone and that one knows someone who bought its gear there.
     
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    Singapore or HK will probably be your best bet in getting what you need. H
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    No, no minimum. But you're a new kid on the block and it takes a bit of time to be accepted, it's just human nature.

    Also, no one owes you an answer to your question.
     
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    I live in Beijing, so if you were coming here, I could tell you exactly where to buy one.

    However, that said, you should DEFINITELY buy it in Hong Kong. All the expats living in China buy all the brand name stuff (especially electronics) in HK because there are some strange tax laws (that make the prices lower). Otherwise, ask someone in Shanghai where a good electronics market is, and be ready to bargain (I would recommend taking someone that can translate for you).

    However, unless you get it on the black market, it won't be cheaper than the US.
     
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    Hey Stevenis

    thanks for your answer.

    Apart of not knowing any addresses or weblinks to photo stores in Shangai or HK my other concern is that i read in some post on google that there is a chance you get screwed. The seller shows you a new 7D and everything but wehen you go home you end up with a fake or used one.

    Arent there some legit dealers in malls or so?
     
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    Yes. In Hong Kong, you can buy one at a regular store. Again, I know many the expats living in China (and other parts of Asia) go to HK to buy electronics because in the regular mall-type stores they are cheaper. However, I think they are still more expensive than in the U.S. (I dont' know if you're from the US, so I don't know if that applies).

    Anywhere else in China, however, going to a regular electronics store to buy a DSLR is MUCH more expensive than in the US.

    I was just shopping for a camera here in Beijing, and so I first went to an electronics store called "Suning" (it's very popular here... kind of like a Best Buy). A D3000 kit was ¥4500 (~US$660). On Amazon in the US, the price for the same kit is US$469.

    So don't buy it in China if you want to just go to a department store and don't want to bargain at a market.

    To put in in perspective (with the above craziness of price difference), I recently bought my Nikon D5000 at a market here in Beijing, and yes I had to bargain.
    I got my D5000 and the Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.8 lens for a total of about US$805, where if I bought the same two items on amazon, it would have been about US$825. So not really much less. It has a Nikon 1-yr warranty, Nikon recognizes the serial number, and for the few days that I've had it, it's been totally fine.

    Good luck!
     
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    Hey,

    I am getting confused with all the info i find about buying camers in HK.

    thats so weird cause some website say that street prices in HK for a Canon 7D (BodyOnly) is about 11,500 HK Dollar = 1,400 US Dollars.

    And with some bargain it should be at least $200 US cheaper.

    So lets say you can get it for about $1,200US thats $400 cheaper then in the US and with $400 you can buy a lot of other gear.

    So how come some people only find it much more expensive then in the US where a 7D sells (BodyOnly) for about $1599 US

    I wish there was an official list of stores/malls/streets you can trust and a official street price in HK. For me right now reading all these Markets/Streets in HK is very confusing. Some say there its best some say over here.

    My simple goal is while staying in HK for a couple of days trying to find a good price for a Canon 7D and some gear instead of buying in it the US and finding some reliable info on the stores and where to buy and not to buy.

    http://rolandlim.wordpress.com/2009/03/20/...eet-price-list/
     
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    Ok, I'll give it a shot, living in Hong Kong and all.
    First off, there is no proper "street price" in Hong Kong, reason being, that all the shops sorta work together. You get a great deal in this shop, the one next door will tell you the same price, but chip in another 8GB memory stick, or a small tripod, or whatever.

    The easiest way to get a feel for equipment cost in Hong Kong is to head down to the Holiday Inn Golden Mile in Tsim Sha Tsui, and walk the block. This is where about 60% of all the camera shops of Hong Kong are located, and, this is where the serious ones are. SO you can be sure, you actually get what you are paying for.

    If I may be so blunt and say, one shop that I personally use is also located in Tsim Sha Tsui - you can easily drop me a message and I can share some more detail about it, don't want to start promoting shops in the forum.
     
  12. Dao

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    In Hong Kong, you may need to watch out for some stores. Especially stores that gear toward tourists. Not all of them are bad.

    Also, some stores sell grey market products (they called it water goods) at a lower price. Warranty of those products need to go through the store you purchase it from.


    There are some electronic type chain stores that sell camera equipments as well.

    i.e. Fortress
    Fortress

    The other company is Broadway. However, it seems that they do not have a online stores. Here are their retail store addresses.
    Broadway Photo Supply Limited

    But their prices maybe higher.
     

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