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Buying a digital camera in Bangkok!!!

Posted by Ingrids on 24/10/2009 at 20:06

I wanna buy a digital camera. Do you think that I can buy it (no fake - original!) in Bangkok? Where? Do you have some suggestion? I would like to buy a cannon and pay about U$300... I love take pic from nature (sun-set...)
Thank you!!

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Posted by sidewinder on 24/10/2009 at 22:21

MBK. Cant remember which floor but one is camera heaven. As long as you know what you're looking for and how much it is worth you'll be fine. Very much doubt you'd have any problems with fakes there, when it comes to cameras at least

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 25/10/2009 at 23:07

Very reputable outfit is "Fotofile" with a few shops in MBK
Check if the warantee is international or just for Thailand.

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Posted by Pontare on 30/10/2009 at 16:56

Be warned though, cameras are just as expensive, and even more so, than in the rest of the world.

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Posted by thailand_asia on 30/10/2009 at 20:49

pantip electronic plaza in bangok, cheap and originals! i bought my notebook overthere and no problem, the most producers offer worldwide warrenty of 1 year. have fun in thailand.

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Posted by DanRamone on 30/10/2009 at 20:59

pantip plaza is imo the best place to buy electronic stuff in bangkok. the only thing i noticed is that the prices are not much lower than in europe and it is hard to find the latest stuff

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Posted by khunwilko on 31/10/2009 at 01:36

Can't you buy one at home?????

Absolutley no bargains to be had in Thailand - they seem to operate a CARTEL - the prices remain very similar throughout the country taking a dip just before a replacement model comes out.

having said that you should be OK buying a run of the mill digital - customer care is crap - don't expect much if you have problems with the camera - any shop you buy it from will probably just tell you to send it to the national agent.......

if you go for the latest models - Olympus Pen etc you'll find only "grey imports" they simply don't seem to put them on the market here.
I recently bought an LX3 Panasonic - in the UK - because after looking round the Thai shops I noticed that the models were all imports of some kind - and no accessories available.
in fact I've just invested a lot in electronic and IT equipment - camera, computer, I-pod stuff and I haven't bought one single item in Thailand - the main reason is that the shops know absolutely sod-all about what they are selling and have no intention of providing any after-sales service - so if you DO buy beware!

PS - external hard drives are cheap as they are made here.

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Posted by Sparts on 31/10/2009 at 05:01

Agree with the above post, in my experience there are no bargins to be had. Best to buy from a dealer in yoru home country.

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Posted by Thaiman on 31/10/2009 at 13:38

I've been in Bangkok for the last couple of days and looking at cameras.Can't see any difference at all between prices here and the prices in Australia.Perhaps cheaper than Europe but I'd say not according to the last 2 posts.

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Posted by furneburner on 31/10/2009 at 14:14

Well, if external hard drives are cheap because they are made in Thailand, why are Nikon cameras not cheap?

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Posted by sirhalberd on 31/10/2009 at 14:52

I would buy the camera back in your own hometown area. There will be sales you can take advantage of. You will get some help from store nerds speaking English to help you out and if it doesn't work you can get a replacement right away or at least your money back. Plus there will be no problems with any warranties. I don't think you will get any real bargains in the camera department in Thailand unless there are some models being discontinued.

Good luck.

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Posted by khunwilko on 31/10/2009 at 19:44

Why do I always get p*ssed of with FB's questions?

Nikon make their mid and cheap range in Thailand the high quality stuff is still made in Japan, but probably due to a range of reasons such as retail price maintenance and local taxes they are priced internationally - if you want a detailed answer you'll have to google the Thai policy on their products - best bet is BOI - which is probably the authority their manufacturers run under.

in the end they competitive with other imported cameras........

Unlike cameras, external hard drives you will see are nearly all made here so they are competing on an internal market.

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Posted by exacto on 31/10/2009 at 22:15

From my experience, things that are made in Thailand for the domestic market are still a bargain compared to prices back home, although that isn't as true as it once way. So things like clothing and handicrafts and anything else for the domestic market is still a good buy.

Imported goods are usually as expensive or even more expensive than I'd pay back home. This even includes items produced in Thailand for export, like many famous brands of shoes. They are sold locally, but only as though they had been exported and then reimported. My guess is that the cheap hard drives are made for domestic consumption while the Nikon stuff is primarily made for export, so you'd be paying a high tariff to buy it in Thailand even though it is produced there.

If I were living in Thailand, I'd probably head to Pantip Plaza like folks have recommended. But if I had a choice on things like a digital camera, I'd buy it before I left home.

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Posted by Pontare on 31/10/2009 at 22:25

I've read that Nikon cameras are expensive because for some reason they are all shipped to Japan before going back to Thailand to be sold.

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Posted by Sparts on 31/10/2009 at 22:47

Jeese, never thought people would get upset over a post like this.
All has to do with x-rate people, that's the only thing you should worry about when buying goods such as this, but it's the x-rates to USD an JPY you need to worry about, bhat is not important.

Anyway, for me the price would be unimportant. I'd rather have a camera before I went so that I could get used to it and start snapping away as soon as I arrive.

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Posted by khunwilko on 3/11/2009 at 10:12

For sheer choice you can't beat Singapore - Sim Lim and Funan IT malls have everything - watch out for the "classic" market seller techniques though!

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Posted by Mike_V on 4/11/2009 at 05:58

Yeah, Fotofile in MBK is a great shop for Canon.

They actually have very good prices on Canon stuff, almost as cheap as the US price.

Check the prices on their web site here:

Yeah, it's better to get your camera at home before you leave.
That way you can get to know it a bit and work out any accessories you might need.

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Posted by Tango7 on 1/10/2011 at 09:07

You didn't say which Canon camera you wanted but you'll get a Canon camera for $300 no problem.

As mentioned by others, mbk is the best place to go. Look for Foto File on first floor and then go to third floor for Photo Thailand, Big Pro Camera and a number of others.
Canon has a shop on 5th floor too so you could head up there if you couldn't find what you wanted in the other places.
Your $300 dollar budget isn't going to get you any specialist cameras and so what you can afford will be available in most department stores as well. you could also try Pantip Plaza or Fortune Tower.
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