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Old Jan 5th 2005, 1:44 pm
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Hiya all

We would like to buy a laptop for when we move to Dubai. Are electrical goods much cheaper there than in the UK? And do you pay consumer tax on electrical goods in Dubai?

The other alternative is to buy in Duty Free when we leave the UK!!

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Originally Posted by Zannie
Hiya all

We would like to buy a laptop for when we move to Dubai. Are electrical goods much cheaper there than in the UK? And do you pay consumer tax on electrical goods in Dubai?

The other alternative is to buy in Duty Free when we leave the UK!!

Cheers

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Zannie .... When do you arrive? As the shopping festival starts on the 12th and there will be heaps of bargains to be had!

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Zannie .... When do you arrive? As the shopping festival starts on the 12th and there will be heaps of bargains to be had!

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Hiya

We won't be out there until mid/late March, so we might miss the shopping festival...bummer!!!

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We won't be out there until mid/late March, so we might miss the shopping festival...bummer!!!

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It runs for a whole month but still you can find a laptop for next to nothing out here... Its just knowing where to look!
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Originally Posted by Zannie
Hiya all

We would like to buy a laptop for when we move to Dubai. Are electrical goods much cheaper there than in the UK? And do you pay consumer tax on electrical goods in Dubai?

The other alternative is to buy in Duty Free when we leave the UK!!

Cheers

Zannie
Hello Zani,

My dad has just bought a really lightweight (<3kg) top spec laptop for about £900. It is DEFINATELY cheaper over here. Although shop around, the technology is VERY SLIGHTLY behind the UK. You will pick up a bargain promise.
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Hello Zani,

My dad has just bought a really lightweight (<3kg) top spec laptop for about £900. It is DEFINATELY cheaper over here. Although shop around, the technology is VERY SLIGHTLY behind the UK. You will pick up a bargain promise.
Barter with all the shops too, it's amazing how much discount you get when you threaten to go to a rival!!
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Originally Posted by Zannie
Hiya all

We would like to buy a laptop for when we move to Dubai. Are electrical goods much cheaper there than in the UK? And do you pay consumer tax on electrical goods in Dubai?

The other alternative is to buy in Duty Free when we leave the UK!!

Cheers

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Buy a laptop from a discount warehouse such as Dels, in teh Uk, 50% of the highstreet prices. Get a VAT receipt and claim back the VAT when u leave the UK.

Computers are cheap here, but not that cheap, even after haggling. Also half the parts are chinese made and don't last for more than a minute........

I have bought 2 here in the last year...ones gotta go back for some healing and tother probabl;y won't last the year.......so if u have a container or massive baggage allowance, buy UK.....


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Thanks to you all for your advice.

We are looking at getting a Apple Mac Powerbook (the 17" megafast one!!).

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Buy a laptop from a discount warehouse such as Dels, in teh Uk, 50% of the highstreet prices. Get a VAT receipt and claim back the VAT when u leave the UK.

Computers are cheap here, but not that cheap, even after haggling. Also half the parts are chinese made and don't last for more than a minute........

I have bought 2 here in the last year...ones gotta go back for some healing and tother probabl;y won't last the year.......so if u have a container or massive baggage allowance, buy UK.....


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You haven't had a very good personal experience with computor buying here then. Obviously the locals saw you coming and tried to shaft you for every penny. The joy's of being from the west eh...
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You haven't had a very good personal experience with computor buying here then. Obviously the locals saw you coming and tried to shaft you for every penny. The joy's of being from the west eh...
Yup, but its the same with mobiles....half the parts come from Cina and they r not so good.....
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Yup, but its the same with mobiles....half the parts come from Cina and they r not so good.....

Just stick to the well known names, they all come from the same place of manufacture.
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Just stick to the well known names, they all come from the same place of manufacture.
not here they don't...nothing does.....
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uae sources equipment from asia and from europe.

there is however a grey market for all consumer electronic goods. You have to decide whether you prefer lower price for an item or a potentially higher price but with warranty from your seller.

Major stores include Plug-Ins, Compu-Me, Jacky's, Jumbo. Keep in mind these stores usually stick to their prices.

For bargains you need to check out Al-Ain Plaza also known as Computer Plaza in BurDubai.

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