Since we are talking about a camera body here (and assuming that you will be here in Taiwan for a while), even though it is more expensive I would highly recommend buying it with the manufacturer warranty (not the shop’s warranty). If you end up buying on camera street, make sure that you make double sure with them that this is what you want (manufacturer warranty, as opposed to the shop’s own warranty… which is basically shit).
Shui huo = grey market items (no manufacturer warranty / or a very limited shop’s warranty)
Gongshi huo = manufacturer items (w/ manufacturer warranty / and usually a shop’s warranty as well).
Sorry, my pinyin spelling might be a bit off there…
The price you listed is not bad, though you could probably find it a bit cheaper on tw.bid.yahoo.com. Most of the stuff listed on Yahoo is grey market / no manufacturer warranty btw… if you are willing to take a chance, then this is probably the way to go as far as price goes… still doesn’t beat the US though.
I bought my Canon 5D at my friend’s shop here in Taiwan (camera street)… and whenever I have problems, I’d bring it in to them and they’d just send it to Canon anyways (then bill me for it on top of Canon’s fee). Now I just go direct to Canon. I bought my body without the warranty btw… at the time I was happy about the huge price savings I got without the warranty but now I regret doing so big time since I have to pay the full premium to get stuff fixed which happens a lot more than I expected.
In contrast to this, I purchased my 580EX flash (which I’ve had nothing but problems with btw) with a warranty… (but then again, I’d use the flash for 300 - 400 shots a night @ 2 to 3x per week for work). Every time I brought my flash in to Canon – and they know how much I use the thing too – it was absolutely no hassles at all. I’ve even had the entire bulb / [completely melted] reflector section swapped out once already (I purchased the 580EX late last year btw… so I haven’t had it all that long at all).
As far as the warranty here goes – for Canon at least – the manufacturer warranty is only good within Taiwan. It is not a “global” warranty. Not sure what it is for Pentax however… but if you aren’t planning to stay in Taiwan for all that long, it might be better to buy it back home in the States. A buddy of mine just ordered an entire portable studio lighting setup from the States… shipping costs were just over $100 bucks US (I’m guestimating the weight to be about 35lbs or so). Everything was delivered in two days w/ insurance, warranty, and in perfect condition.