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Why do TW brand laptops sell for 2x price, 1/2 specs?

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Why do TW brand laptops sell for 2x price, 1/2 specs?

Postby dylanh724 » 24 Jun 2016, 17:59

As an IT guy im pretty disgusted that I'm seeing 30k nt for an ASUS Zenbook i3 equivalent with only 4gb ram for this price. Acer is even worse. And that's retail. Up that price by 25 percent for PCHome..! Why would it cost MORE online?

There's some weird thing here where fat laptops with 4gb ram and a non-ips screen is worth 28 to 40k here and drives me crazy.

In America, I can get 8gb ram i5 ips screen, new for 600 shipped. These dinky laptops they're selling for Apple prices.

What's up with this? I'd be super rich if I competed with pchome lol. Sacrifice shipping time for 1/2 the price, double the specs, and 1/2 the size and weight.
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Re: Why do TW brand laptops sell for 2x price, 1/2 specs?

Postby Doraemonster » 24 Jun 2016, 19:31

In short: captive market, and the volume of sales.

Historically, it was also that products made for export could not be sold in Taiwan directly but not sure how much of this still matters now that nearly all the manufacturing has moved to China.

And why is it more expensive on the Internet? This I've been wondering myself but have no definite answer. In some cases, prices can be brought down significantly with rebates, discounts, coupons, points, or other loyalty schemes, and they start high to perpetuate the illusion of a great one-off deal that can disappear anytime. Also, not everyone can (or will bother to) go and check the retailer prices in Taipei.

If you're in the market for a laptop, Taiwanese manufacturers allow employees to make purchases at a discount (sometimes it's test units). Ask around if your friends can get something like this for you.
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Re: Why do TW brand laptops sell for 2x price, 1/2 specs?

Postby dylanh724 » 24 Jun 2016, 21:40

Interesting ~ but 27% higher on average .... that's pretty insane

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