International buying guide

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by cheonglh, Sep 25, 2016.

  1. cheonglh macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2016
    I do small traveling every once or twice a year.

    So far I find that Hong Kong sells the cheapest camera and lenses.

    Any other countries that you all find it cheap to buy camera and related stuff?
  2. Ray2 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 8, 2014
    Rather than deal with vague warranties, grey market or unknown (to me) vendors, I purchase in the country I live in. Fortunately, my wife and I split our time between the USA and Switzerland. Both are low price countries. I check Hong Kong prices every now and then for lenses. Either no savings or not enough to bother with.

    One also needs to keep in mind shipping into many countries can be outrageously expensive. By the time I pay the Swiss post office administrative fees and customs charges, I've added 30% to the price of an imported product. The EU is even worst as their initial prices without VAT are high to begin with. So unless I purchase locally in Switzerland, all of my buying is in the USA. No post office charges, typically no customs charges as the system is full of holes -- a typical US government run department.

    Looking at price instead of acquisition cost is a poor approach. There are still a few countries that support free trade -- the 3 mentioned above. However, for photography, markets are protected, distributors still control prices and governments attempt to kill imports with all matter of fees. So searching the world for a better deal based on price is usually a waste of time.
  3. kenoh macrumors demi-god


    Jul 18, 2008
    Glasgow, UK
    LOL... I live in the UK so EVERY country except those in Australasia are cheaper for us! :)
  4. The Bad Guy macrumors 65816

    The Bad Guy

    Oct 2, 2007
    Yeah, thanks for the reminder. :(
  5. cheonglh thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2016
    Well, this year I'm traveling to Korea. So just wonder if it is consider a good place to buy some lenses.

    I don't like postage either, so I only buy overseas camera or lens when I travel for vacation.
  6. MCAsan macrumors 601


    Jul 9, 2012
    LOL... I live in the UK so EVERY country except those in Australasia are cheaper for us! :)

    Brexit will fix all that. ;)
  7. Ray2 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 8, 2014
    That's a good approach. Korea can yield bargains on new bodies. A7II's for circa $1,300. Don't know how they do it but it provides some insight into the margin on those cameras.
  8. OzBok macrumors regular

    Mar 15, 2016
    Melbourne, Australia
    Gotta fund the cricket n rugby teams that keep wiping the floor with you somehow

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