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Thailand- the best place for buying TV in the grey market?


Morning Folks !

Quite a few of us dont really mind the grey market option. In fact I have decided that the next time I am off to Thailand am getting a huge plasma for myself. Whenever I used to be in the queue at the check in counter at Suvarnbhumi airport,Bangkok on my way back to India I used to wonder why half of the folks had these BIG Plasma/LEDs in their trolleys. Much later I found out about the price difference..and its substantial. One can save half the cost including customs if applicable !

However even in Thailand one needs to know where to shop from as the multichain stores price their goods higher than stand alone stores. It would be great if people who are frequent travelers/ Thai members of this forum, could provide more info/options. I guess if one is choosing the grey market route then nothing like buying it from Thailand. For the amount thats saved one can even plan a vacation and come back with a TV There have been quite a lot of posts in the past regarding the Thailand option but they were scattered all over the forum so it would be great if we could discuss all that info in this thread for a quick reference.

I am pasting the link for one of the best options that I have been following for quite a while, at the end of this post. This site is in Thai language so you would have to let Chrome translate it for you.The price that has been quoted in this website isnt the final price and a substantial discount is available if one calls up and asks for the final price.

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Re: Thailand- the best place for buying TV in the grey market?

Spendwisor a MiddleEast Website offer (deliver in India with warranty) great price. But I am not aware of the Amount of Duties to be paid neither website provides. Once I interacted with them over chat but they suggested to contact custom deptt of India to get the details. If somebody has procured anything from here, please share the details.

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Spendwisor a MiddleEast Website offer (deliver in India with warranty) great price. But I am not aware of the Amount of Duties to be paid neither website provides. Once I interacted with them over chat but they suggested to contact custom deptt of India to get the details. If somebody has procured anything from here, please share the details.

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This website with customs & shipping normally ends up costlier than buying in India...

About Bangkok ... I have heard many smaller shops are aimed specifically towards Indian buyers & offer tvs with Indian warranty... One such shop that I have heard about is called Indra market or something like that... So not only are you getting a tv at almost half the Indian price but you are getting it with Indian warranty... Also whatever price you buy it at in a shop in Thailand you get ur 7% vat refunded at the airport... Couple of things to note are
1) do ur complete research before going to Thailand...
2) make sure ur bill says international warranty on it with a specific mention of India in the list of countries the warranty is valid in
3) make a xerox of ur bill or ask the shop owner for an extra copy of the bill... This is for the 7% vat refund at the airport... Most shops geared towards Indian customers should be able to properly guide you about this procedure...
4) as always bargain the hell out of the shops to get the best deal as you will be making a big purchase & not buying the small 32" or 40" like folks normally do...
5) about customs... You can do a setting with the customs wallas to pay just couple of thousand under the table rather than the full customs fees which would be in 10s of thousands... If you are buying a 32-40" tv within the budget of 25k then you can just walk right through the green channel...
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Re: Thailand- the best place for buying TV in the grey market?

I would not risk transportation for a plasma, lcd/led are fine. Dubai is also as cheap as thailand
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Re: Thailand- the best place for buying TV in the grey market?

Is TG (Thai Airways) taking TV's as baggage without a huge fee? I think nearby Singapore has similar prices and maybe a better selection of really high end sets.
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Re: Thailand- the best place for buying TV in the grey market?

You guys are brave to buy electronics with a high fatality rate from foreign places and bring it to India without warranty.
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+1 to that. It is definitely not for the fainthearted....
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This website with customs & shipping normally ends up costlier than buying in India...

You can do a setting with the customs wallas to pay just couple of thousand under the table rather than the full customs fees which would be in 10s of thousands... If you are buying a 32-40" tv within the budget of 25k then you can just walk right through the green channel...
1. Setting the customs is always not possible as it is purely dependent on the co officers and the Head on the day of arrival

2. You can bring up to 32" TV only free of customs / per family on arrival

3. When you bring 40" TV it will attract duty even if the cost is in 25000/- catogory. which ranges from 4000/- to 8000/- depending on the model. Only in very rare case 40" TV escapes duty.

4. Otherwise customs duty for the TV is 28% with all duties, cess and surcharge. the original Invoice to be produced. The authorities have the right to levy duty on the cost of the Indian price also if your Invoice seemed to be un realisticaly low.

5. Air line will allow only TVs upto 40 Inches with a maximum single consignment weight of 30 kgs. Above 40" we have to book it as cargo or as UAB (Un accopanied Baggage) which needed to be cleared by approaching a C&F agent.

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Re: Thailand- the best place for buying TV in the grey market?

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Is TG (Thai Airways) taking TV's as baggage without a huge fee? I think nearby Singapore has similar prices and maybe a better selection of really high end sets.
To add to Moviela's query what are the extra baggage charges incase it crosses the limit.. the website does not mention anything neither there is any option of prebooking extra baggage..


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