Taking Laptop to India


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chandresh   
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Location: Toronto

Post ID: #PID Posted on: 25-02-06 15:15:26

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Orginally posted by rajand

Are laptops cheaper in Canada or Singapore? Chandresh, you might know. Can you recommend a reliable shop in Singapore?

Rgds.



As far as I know, electronics are usually cheaper in Singapore when compared to Canada in basic prices simply because they are actually made in that area (South East Asia). Moreover, the GST there is 3% (or I think they have increased to 4 sometime back) so instead of 15% sales taxes, you pay only 4%, which too is refundable if you show at the airport what you are taking out of the country.

Even if the buck amt was the same, due to exchange, they would be cheaper in Singapore.

In Singapore, there is a huge computer electronics market - called Funan centre - any shop there is as good or as bad as any other. It is situated on North Bridge centre behind Peninsula hotel - everyone in Singapore knows it.

Or else you can also buy from Mohd Mustafa - a must visit for every Indian visiting Singapore (if you land at Singapore airport and do not know where to go, the taxi driver, seeing that you are an Indian, will automatically take you there!!!!)

Chandresh


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rajand   
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Location: Baroda, India.

Post ID: #PID Posted on: 25-02-06 16:22:30

Thanks, Chandresh & LD. I already have a desktop computer so not buying anything new. Laptop maybe, if I can sell of my desktop computer at a good price here.

LD, in India what is the configuration of laptops around the price range you have mentioned?

Jasmeek, not planning to carry anything else except digital camera which I had bought a few months back.

Rgds.



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LD   
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Post ID: #PID Posted on: 04-03-06 03:59:11

Dear Rajand,

Sorry for the delay. Following links would give you a flavor of Indian Market today. You may be able to negotiate 10 to 25% off, buying from a wholesaler.

Dell: http://www1.ap.dell.com/content/default.aspx?c=in&l=en&s=bsd&~ck=bt

HP/Compaq: http://h50025.www5.hp.com/hpcom/in_en/11_29_64.html

HCL: http://www.hclstore.com/

Zenith: http://www.zenith-india.com/html_12/products.asp?cid=9>ype=

Ebay -Multi-Brand: http://computers.ebay.in/_W0QQcatZ160QQexpandZ1


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alexm   
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Post ID: #PID Posted on: 04-03-06 04:09:07

Quote:
Orginally posted by rajand

Thanks, Chandresh & LD. I already have a desktop computer so not buying anything new. Laptop maybe, if I can sell of my desktop computer at a good price here.

LD, in India what is the configuration of laptops around the price range you have mentioned?

Jasmeek, not planning to carry anything else except digital camera which I had bought a few months back.

Rgds.





Please do not buy a laptop from India. I was in the market for a laptop a couple of months back. I looked at some Acers - reasonably high end. There is a price differential of approx 30% between the US and India. I bought mine from the States. Even if prices in Canada are higher I am pretty sure they will still be lower than here in India.

The links above point to Indian computer makers - personally I do not trust them in the field of laptops because they are relatively new to the game. But that, of course, is a personal call.



LD   
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Posts: 526
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Post ID: #PID Posted on: 04-03-06 04:20:55

There are all the brands to choose from in India:

Toshiba
IBM
DELL
HP
COMPAQ
SAMSUNG
LG
ACER
HCL
ZENITH
& others.

Attraction for an user in India does not lie in price differential of 20% but in one year warranty which can be enhanced to 2 yr. warranty, in case something does go wrong.

However, if you equate the risk of damage/data loss v/s 10-20% additional price you are paying, it evens out.

So the decision lies with the buyer, whether he/she values discount or prompt service.

However most brands offer Global Warranty. If you ensure that you are getting Global Warranty while purchasing, then buying cheapest surely makes sense, as advised by alexm.

:)



LD   
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Posts: 526
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Post ID: #PID Posted on: 04-03-06 04:29:22

Incidentally I was not suggesting any preference for any point of purchase.

I was only trying to help, so that Rajand can make an informed decision.

My post is not intended to inculcate a bias for puchasing laptop/desktop in India.

Remember, Rajand is already a big-boss in that trade!

:)



alexm   
Member since: Jun 05
Posts: 419
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Post ID: #PID Posted on: 04-03-06 05:29:50

Good point on warranties...when I bought my laptop I made sure it had an intnernational warranty.

My brother bought a Dell recently from the States, and he was told that too had an intl warranty.

The Acer TM (not sure about Aspire) also has an intl warranty.

In my experience, if something were to break, it would happen in the first fw months so a 1 yr warranty should be enough.

But I do agree that comfort gained from the warranty is definitely a personal decision.



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