Electronics and their features vastly expanded during the last decade, enhancing our everyday and setting the bar higher, and higher. Each year infused with the latest technology, updating consumer needs and wants and turning “last years” models into old news.
It has now become a trend to scrap high priced items for newer, higher priced items–thanks to major corporations studying their target audience (us the people) as if we were lab rats, in a rather much larger environment. During my recent trip to Thailand, I purchased a Canon EOS 700D 18-55 IS STM Lens Kit , known as the Canon Rebel T5i 18-55mm IS STM Lens Kit in the U.S.A.
The Canon 700D is an entry level digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) allocating 18 mega-pixels in a small body camera, 1080p video recording with stereo mic, 5 frames per second (fps) for continuous shooting and built in LCD touch screen. Making the 700D a perfect choice for DSLR beginners, Canon surprised their followers with a creative upgrade–inheriting filter options such as, Grainy Black and White, Fish Eye, Water Painting, Art Bold, Soft Focus, Miniature Effect and Toy Camera.
Not to mention, you can use any of those Creative Filters on screen while shooting in Live View setting. The cost of this fine piece of technology is 16,000 Bahts (Thai currency) no tax, which equals to $450 (U.S Dollar). What about the Canon Rebel T5i? How much is that? $650 with good ol’ American tax, approximately adding $50 extra.
So, what’s the big difference bro? -Nothing.
People are stupid (sound familiar) at times and usually this stupid specie is particularly found and targeted in America. I speak from experience, my track record of stupid is long but improving! We pay an extra $250 dollars to have a little printed label on the top right side (of the picture above), which reads: EOS Rebel T5i. Yes my fellow people, we get suckered once again by, good branding. As Americans we drool over name brands and will stick to anything resembling stronger value–advertising and branding are a practiced science. After my purchase, I realized big companies alter model numbers catering to certain countries demographics and then! I went researching (Googling).
Stumbled into a list of Cheapest Countries for Electronics, ranking Thailand the 3rd best option when searching for best price, provided by Price of Travel–a great coincidence and luck. My purchase led me to find out Tokyo, Japan is 1st for best price on electronics and in our own back yard, San Francisco U.S.A ranking 2nd. In my opinion, from all the researching conducted after purchasing this beauty; I wouldn’t bank on San Francisco providing best price for high end pieces of technology. Think about the tax, atleast in China and Thailand you can haggle with tax. #Murica
Great news always comes with a catch, you knew this was coming…
If you are big on warranties, you may find voided warranties when purchasing internationally a devastating deal breaker; few electronic items purchased outside the U.S.A are not covered by the manufacturer. Companies that do offer international manufacturer warranty advise you to purchase from an authorized dealer, insuring quality product with accurate warranty credibility.
Also, select countries carry better prices than others on a select group of items. Apple products are much cheaper in the U.S rather then any other country and cameras are cheaper in Thailand and Singapore. Before buying another well advertised technology trap, research countries offering the best price for the items on your wish-list and potentially save hundreds of dollars and don’t be considered stupid any longer, it’s a win-win. Lesson learned, from here on, I am out sourcing my investments.