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Old Feb 8, 2007, 2:15 AM   #1
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Hello all,

I want to buy Sony DSC - H2 or Canon Powershot S3IS. I want to buy this from Singapore as I will be there next week.

I want an advice on buying the cam in Singapore. let's say where or which shops in Singapore it will be cheaper , reliable etc.

Also if I have the option of buying the stuff online in Singapore; Can you guys suggest some good websited for purchasing in Singapore. I will take the local delivery in Singapore only when I am there.

Request your comments !!!

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Old Feb 8, 2007, 10:01 AM   #2
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I am sorry, Sat-

But I live in the USA and have not been in Singapore for 6 years. It would be impossible for me to give you current and up to date information.

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Old Feb 8, 2007, 11:06 AM   #3
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Was in Singapore for 5 days 3 weeks ago, price's there are AUD$30 (USD$23)less than here in Australia on both the Sony H5 and W100, and feel I did the right thing buying both cameras at home, in the W100 case read the thread where you can buy a W100 for only USD$230 from Stapleswhich is way cheaper than Singapore and here in Australia (AUD$450/USD$351).


Your location readsNew York so wondering why you would not purchase in the U.S.,one of the best photographic store's in Singapore would be "Cathay Photo" hope this helps.

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Ahhh .. Cathay Photo ... brings back memories, along with the Raffles Hotel ... bought some then-nifty camera stuff and a pair of binoculars I still use back when Cathay Photo was"new" ... in the late 60's. I also think I got my long-gone Akai Reel-to-Reel stereo tape deck there too (but that may have been in another store nearby).

That was in the days when you could really get excellent prices in Singapore ... today, in most cases, you would probably be best off purchasing in the country you live in. IMHO.
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Old Feb 8, 2007, 2:49 PM   #5
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The other posts are correct - I did buy an H5 in Singapore in November on our way to Australia. I knew that the prices wouldn't be much different from those over the Internet in the UK, but still wanted the experience after reading many reviews about Singaporian sales techniques. We spent the whole day going around the various electronic malls and came back to the first shop visited - a reputable Cathay Photo shop next to the Ritz Carlton. The salesman was the most knowledgeable and up front. At other places, they would quote initially lower prices then add accessories to get the value up, and wouldn't sell the camera alone.

The experience was fun but I should probably have bought it well before I went - you probably haven't time to do that now, but its not worth doing on price alone. I went back to the store after taking many pictures to say how pleased I was and my wife took the picture below with her Casio!


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Old Feb 8, 2007, 10:10 PM   #6
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Thanks guys for all the help.

I was under impression that Singapore is still cheaper these days.

I am there for a busineed trip next week so let me see what I can do..

Any advice on what shoud be the maximum price that I should pay in Singapore for Sony DSC-H2 & Canon Powershot S3IS.

Just a pointer!!!

Thanks in advance..

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Old Feb 8, 2007, 10:29 PM   #7
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Sat-

I think you will definitely find, and I may be wrong, that the very cheapest camera prices are in the USA. You go ahead and see if that is true, thanks to your trip to Singapore. So please let us know your decision.

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Old Feb 9, 2007, 2:53 AM   #8
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Have a look in the airport when you arrive - that will give you an idea of a reasonable price. If you have time, go to Mustafa's department store in Little India (this is where many of the locals shop) for a good value price (no haggling), and then go to the specialist malls such as Funai, etc. Depends on how much time you have and how much you want to haggle. Make sure that you are buying a boxed product. There are many, many, many shops selling cameras - having done the rounds there recently, the best all round deal was from Cathay Photo. Once you have bought a camera, there is an efficient desk at the airport where they give you back most of the sales tax.

If you search on the internet you will find many reviews from camera shoppers in Singapore - good luck!
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Make sure you take the warranty into account. Some US branch of companies would not service cameras in the US that are purchased overseas.

Somebody recently brought up a Nikon DSLR that was purchased in Hong Kong. He said Nikon US would not service his camera. Also, I talked to a friend yesterday about her Olympus P&S, she is sending her camera to Japan to get it fixed since she bought it there.


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Thanks for raising a very important point, Rey-

There are lots of "grey market" cameras even being sold in the USA on the internet that will essentially become "orphans" because service and firmware upgrades cannot be obtained for them in the USA.

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