Buying Camera in Singapore


Overview

You may think that buying a camera in Singapore is simple. But no matter what, you are still buying the camera in a foreign country. It is always good to equip yourself with the knowledge before making the decision. Below are some tips and what to look out for when buying a camera in Singapore.

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How to buy a camera you want

You can do some research on the web to find out which model you are interested in. When you have the model and brand in mind, go to the big departmental stores like such as, Best, Harvey Norman and Courts to check out the prices first. Once you have some idea on how much it costs in Singapore, you may then consider going to other retailers to look for a good deal. Later on in this article I have recommended some places to go.


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Who to buy camera from

From small retail shops to big departmental stores, there are many dealers who are selling cameras in Singapore. But who should you choose from? Choose the authorised resellers. For example, if you are buying a Nikon camera, you may visit the Nikon website to find out who are the authorised dealers.


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Where to buy camera in Singapore

There are many places where you can get good deals on cameras in Singapore. I will recommend the following 4 places that I used to find my gems.

  • Sim Lim Square is one of them. You may want to go to level 3 and above to try your luck.
  • Funan DigitaLife Mall is another place. Try going to the Challenger superstore on level 6.
  • PaRiSiLk, behind Holland Shopping Centre. In here you can expect unbeatable prices and excellent service.
  • Every quarter, in March, June, September and December, there will be a mega PC and IT shows in Singapore. Usually the price in the show are very attractive. Other perks include the freebies that retailers throw in to sweeten the deal. Look out for it.

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What to look out for

Take note the following points:

  • Where was the camera made? Was it made in China, Taiwan or Japan. You can expect different prices for cameras depending on their country of orgin.
  • Be sure of what the warranty offers. Is it an international warranty? Since you are buying in a foreign country, this is very important. You do not want to send the camera back to Singapore for repair right?
  • Look out for any freebies? Usually when a camera is bought in Singapore, it will come with a memory card. Try to negotiate for an additional battery or a card reader from the retailer. If the cost is not high, they usually will agree.

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The best time to buy

Come to Singapore during Great Singapore Sales (May - July). During this period, retailers are giving great discounts. You definitely can find a good deal for yourself. Another good time is during Christmas. Retailers are giving offers during this period as well.

I hope with this knowledge, you can enjoy your experience hunting for a camera in Singapore.


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