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You can say that for the majority of the world's cities. Singapore is quite unique when it comes to encouraging their tourists' desires. After all, tourism remains a huge part of their income. They're all for double standards.

 

Eg. Remember when they built casinos? The government allowed local wives a contract with their husband indicating they were never to go inside one in Singapore >_>

 

Of course, if they're on a business trip, Macau is but a hop and a skip away.

 

I think you greatly underestimate the buying power of many Singaporeans and their desire for luxury goods. If there is a 'double standard', I think that pendulum has definitely swung the other way. Singapore went from being a 'tropical slum' in 1960 to a city-state greatly envied by many in just 30 years - in 2012, they are an economic powerhouse. Its no secret that the future of high-end audio is in Asia - not just manufacturing, but increasingly savvy and cashed-up consumers. Some of the rigs pictured on various Singapore audio forums are truly mind-blowing. 

post #32 of 70
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I think you greatly underestimate the buying power of many Singaporeans and their desire for luxury goods. If there is a 'double standard', I think that pendulum has definitely swung the other way. Singapore went from being a 'tropical slum' in 1960 to a city-state greatly envied by many in just 30 years - in 2012, they are an economic powerhouse. Its no secret that the future of high-end audio is in Asia - not just manufacturing, but increasingly savvy and cashed-up consumers. Some of the rigs pictured on various Singapore audio forums are truly mind-blowing. 


It's not that they don't have any money to spend on luxuries, but rather their frugality when it comes to purchasing. Perhaps the newer generation spends more money freely, but the 60s generation definitely restrains themselves from buying novelty products.

post #33 of 70
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Originally Posted by ieatlotsofrice View Post

Can't you get a PO Box in US and have amazon ship to that PO box, they drive down to US to pick it up? 


No, that would cost me $500.00 in gas. I don't live close to the border.

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No, that would cost me $500.00 in gas. I don't live close to the border.

 

0_0 Which province do you live in?

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As for size, that really depends on the businesses' target demographics, as over a third of our population is concentrated in Ontario alone. One of our ISPs, Rogers, has also used the size excuse to justify the ridiculous rates and low bandwidth that we have to deal with, saying it's expensive to stretch lines from sea to sea (even when other provinces are dominated by other ISPs).

Yep, it is all a crock of **** and they will tell any lie to justify their scams. The real reason we have to pay more in Canada and AUS is because when the USA dollar was strong against ours it was normal to pay more but that is no longer the case and yet they still want to make us pay the same as we did when our dollar was weak purely because they are greed driven dbags. Let's take console games for example, they never went down in price one penny, even when the CAD has been stronger than the USD. In Canada it is $69.99 for a AAA game and in the USA it is $59.99 and for no valid reason. In AUS they pay even more even though their dollar is pretty much on par too.

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0_0 Which province do you live in?


BC

 

I'm in no rush anyway as I have three sets of full size headphones now but do want HD650 at some point.

post #37 of 70
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It's not that they don't have any money to spend on luxuries, but rather their frugality when it comes to purchasing. Perhaps the newer generation spends more money freely, but the 60s generation definitely restrains themselves from buying novelty products

 

'Perhaps' ? I think we need to get you on a plane to Singapore/Hong Kong/Taiwan/Shanghai. eek.gif

post #38 of 70

There are at least 3 Canadians I don't hate, and one of them can be found 3 minutes into this otherwise tedious Letterman vid:

 

 

Rush should be enshrined as a national treasure in your country. My only complaint is that they dont seem to like air travel enough to come to Australia - they would be most welcome if that ever changes. 

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'Perhaps' ? I think we need to get you on a plane to Singapore/Hong Kong/Taiwan/Shanghai. eek.gif

 

I came from Taiwan, so I know what's going on there, and it's not pretty. Kids spending more than their parents ever dreamed yet not realizing that they're dirt poor. Gas prices there are the lowest among non-OPEC countries, and the economy cannot sustain it for much longer. Extremely high-quality health system, but without the taxes needed to pay for it. Our government's going to be bankrupt by 2025 at this rate, hence Ma Ying-Jeou's last ditch reforms before he leaves office. Speaking of which, haven't two people in his cabinet been convicted of embezzlement recently?

 

These are peoples living beyond their means, and not heeding stern warnings to stop such pretentious lifestyles.

 

As for Shanghai, I can only imagine the spoiled rich kids of parents with new-found wealth to squander their fortune just as quickly as they had gained it.


Edited by mbamg - 7/19/12 at 9:49pm
post #41 of 70

Quick question for the Canadians - when you  buy something from the US via the Net, are you slugged for import duty/VAT/whatever when it is delivered ? It always amuses me when I see someone with a CONUS location in their profile bitching about the 'high cost of audio' - it IS high, and much more so whenever Big Brother decides they need a slice of your pie .....  confused_face.gif

post #42 of 70
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Quick question for the Canadians - when you  buy something from the US via the Net, are you slugged for import duty/VAT/whatever when it is delivered ? It always amuses me when I see someone with a CONUS location in their profile bitching about the 'high cost of audio' - it IS high, and much more so whenever Big Brother decides they need a slice of your pie .....  confused_face.gif

For the most part, yes (I've yet to NOT pay import duty for US merch, don't know about anyone else). It is troublesome, as I had many times when I was to pick something up because I missed the delivery person who needed me to pay the duty fees. And for the fees themselves... well, it's just a small bother for the more expensive stuff, but when the item is question is valued around the double digits, it's often not worth it when the fees nearly double the actual price. But the Canadian stores online usually charge exorbitant mark-up, especially for headphone stuff. So it's really a lose-lose either way triportsad.gif

post #43 of 70
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Originally Posted by TwinQY View Post

For the most part, yes (I've yet to NOT pay import duty for US merch, don't know about anyone else). It is troublesome, as I had many times when I was to pick something up because I missed the delivery person who needed me to pay the duty fees. And for the fees themselves... well, it's just a small bother for the more expensive stuff, but when the item is question is valued around the double digits, it's often not worth it when the fees nearly double the actual price. But the Canadian stores online usually charge exorbitant mark-up, especially for headphone stuff. So it's really a lose-lose either way triportsad.gif

Agreed.
Just compare prices between amazon.com and amazon.ca
Crazy...
post #44 of 70
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Originally Posted by estreeter View Post

Quick question for the Canadians - when you  buy something from the US via the Net, are you slugged for import duty/VAT/whatever when it is delivered ? It always amuses me when I see someone with a CONUS location in their profile bitching about the 'high cost of audio' - it IS high, and much more so whenever Big Brother decides they need a slice of your pie .....  confused_face.gif

 

My "worst" experiences with paying import duties... 

1) bought headphones for $120, shipping/taxes/duties were another $130 on top

2) bought some DIY components worth $40, plus $8 shipping and $35 in duties

post #45 of 70
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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post

My "worst" experiences with paying import duties... 
1) bought headphones for $120, shipping/taxes/duties were another $130 on top
2) bought some DIY components worth $40, plus $8 shipping and $35 in duties

Ouch >.<<br /> I heard that if shipped from US with USPS, there's a lot chance of getting hit with fees. I know fedex charges a f***ton in international fees >.>
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