The quest for good deals...
Singapore is easily one of the more expensive countries to live in and it doesn't help that practically everything is imported - even something as essential as water.
So it is no surprise that there isn't a tech enthusiast who hasn't lamented of high prices for tech gadgets sold in Singapore.
The news of Newegg joining the fray to ship to Singapore offered a glimmer of hope for better deals, especially in the realm of PC components which Newegg is known to specialise upon. Now that the option to shop and ship to Singapore is available, does it really offer the advantage that shoppers were hoping for?
To answer that question, we've scanned across key categories in Newegg Singapore and singled out random PC components that are both sold at local retail stores (mainly from Sim Lim Square) and offered on Newegg for purchase/shipping to Singapore.
To find out the final price you'll pay for a product, you would have to add the item to your shopping cart, which would trigger selection finalization and calculate the final price you would be billed based on any taxes that are levied on the product and shipping charges. As such, the figures can be quite different from the costings seen in the initial listing pages. The overall findings surprised us.
Local store prices vs. Newegg Singapore
|Product||Local Store Prices|
|Solid State Drives|
|Plextor M6S 128B SSD||$106||$186.19|
|Plextor M6e 128GB PCIe M.2 SSD||$226||$211.21|
|Corsair Force LX 256GB SSD||$185||$236.22|
|Hard Disk Drives|
|Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 3TB HDD||$148||$197.19|
|WD Red 3TB HDD||$169||$215.95|
|HGST Deskstar NAS 4TB HDD||$249||$320.73|
|Seagate 6TB Desktop HDD||-||$503.79|
|Intel Core i5-4690K||$339||$345.88|
|Intel Pentium G3258||$100||$126.90|
|Intel Core i7-4790K||$479||$503.98|
|G.Skill Ripjaws X Series DDR3-1600 (CL9, 8GB Kit)||$115||$129.96|
|Kingston HyperX Fury DDR3-1600 (8GB Kit)||$122||$136.21|
|Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3-1866 (16GB Kit)||$227||$255|
|ASUS Z97-Deluxe (NFC & WLC)||$619||$626.82|
|ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer||$239||$230.67|
|Gigabyte Z97X-SOC Force||$469||$329.14|
|Gigabyte Z97MX-Gaming 5||$289||$231.70|
|MSI Z97 Guard Pro||$229||$212.93|
|MSI Z97 SLI Plus||$259||$236.71|
|ASUS Mars 760||$912||$911.11|
|ASUS GeForce GTX Titan Z 12GB GDDR5||$4,699||$4,066.22|
|MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB GDDR5||$279||$261.85|
|PowerColor PCS+ Radeon R9-290X OC||$818||$773.41|
|Sapphire Radeon R9 280X Dual-X OC||$429||$411.36|
* Prices are accurate at the time of investigation. Note that we've only highlighted offers that are notably cheaper or offer better value. *