I remember the good old days when any trip to Singapore would mean bringing home several "Made in Japan's", like cameras, handycams, TVs, music systems, and what not. Then a few years ago, things changed. In the year 2010 to be precise, my friend in Singapore told me that the only electronics item worth buying in Singapore was LCD/LED TVs because everything else had become too expensive. I got to verify his claim too. During that trip, I spent a lot of time in Little India and so I was able to visit the three main shopping destinations for electronics in Little India, Singapore. Those were: (i) Mustafa Centre, the ever popular 24/7 shopping mall of Little India Singapore, (ii) Naranjan (close to Mustafa), the twin shops selling electronics at prices slightly lower than what would be charged by Mustafa, and (iii) Sim Lim Square, the digital mega mall which is at a walking distance from Little India and Bugis MRT Stations. Most of the stuff available in these three places was more expensive as compared to most of the online shopping websites in India. On top of that, the quality and international warranty on the electronics purchased in those three places emerged as big concerns. Keep reading...
|Digital shops inside Sim Lim Square Near Bugis and Little India MRT Singapore|
|Sim Lim Square Near Bugis and Little India MRT Singapore|
I read in several online reviews that vendors in Sim Lim Square, and even the staff at Mustafa / Naranjan would sometimes say that international warranty on a certain product would be available when in fact they knew that the truth was otherwise.
|Naranjan Int Mobile and Naranjan Electronics Little India Singapore|
Later in 2013, Government of India excluded all flat panel TVs from the duty free allowance of passengers entering India. That meant, even if a LCD TV was the only item brought by a passenger within his duty-free limit, they would be asked to pay 35%+ import duty. That was the last straw. Singapore was no longer an electronics shopping destination, at least for Indian citizens. My guess is that due to the generally high prices of electronics in Singapore, TVs or anything else, the position would be more or less the same for tourists of other nationalities too.
|Mustafa Centre Little India Singapore|
Mustafa Centre is still an attraction, for other types of merchandise if not for electronics. "Naranjan" is entirely avoidable in my humble opinion. And lastly, Sim Lim Square is really good for local Singaporeans, but not at all for tourists. As a general rule, it would be nice to do some research on the online prices of electronics back home before buying them in Singapore.
|Posted by Narinder Singh|