I was originally trying buy a digital camera (Olympus) online from a US online merchant, because prices are significantly cheaper (about 300USD excl S&H).
But now the online folks are giving me such a hard time, cuz I am ordering from outside US (even though I am using a US credit card, and have a good credit history), that I am having second thoughts. Plus, the websites are so vague sometimes about the exact product you’re getting (eg what manufacturer included accessories come with or what warranty ie if its a standard product one would generally expect to get, or some skeleton kit. ie the camera should come with 4 batteries and a charger from olympus, but not all sites have this explicitly described)
So, I’ve looked around here in Taipei for prices: FNAC, TKNET9sp?)(that yellow color chain store whose prices shown are actually only if you buy a 300NT user card), and some places in guanghua. They all average about 800+ USD ie the MSRP. Though I understand Taiwan may have high import prices (and the store people love to say this when I mention US prices, but hey this stuff is from Japan. Can’t the Taiwanese get a good price?), it can’t account for such a huge difference. My friend says it’s also because there is very little competition between stores here (sounds like price-fixing to me)
So the question is, should I bite the bullet and pay for the premium in return for, I assume, less hassle, and immediate gratification. Same goes for the memory card I want to buy (thinking about 256 or 512 card).
would appreciate any advice.