Beware if you’re considering buying an Ipod in Taiwan. I got a 20G second generation Ipod about 13 months ago at the Tsan Kuen 3C store. It broke down last week and I went to 3C to get it serviced. Since my warranty expired last month I was told that they can’t fix it in Taiwan but have to send it to Singapore. Apparently, they can only fix firmware troubles but can’t open the thing. The only way is to get a replacement for the exact model for NT$8,500. What the fuck? I asked them. I can get a new and better one for almost the same price. The guy at 3C chuckled and said that my 18,000NT machine can be used as a portable HD! They ended up charging me NT600 for “evaluation and transportation.”
Don’t get your Ipod through any retail outlet in Taiwan. Go directly through authorized Apple dealers in Taiwan and make sure you get the Apple care. You’ll pay more but it’s worth it.