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    Asian electronic shops tactics to rip off their customers

    Several years ago I wanted a certain model Sony Video camera.which had got top ratings in independent tests . UK price was around 750pds, reasoned that without vat etc, price in Tenerife should be about 550pds. after searching LC and LA where most of the prices were stupidly high (by the time they had put on all the add on's) found one in LC at a silly cheap price of 350pds.
    Went in to buy it. Guy behind the counter said it was a rubbish model and proceeded to plug it into a monitor to show me how bad it was (probably plugged it into the wrong input on purpose) Then told me and proved via the monitor how much better a certain JVC model was (plugged it into the correct input). I said no I still wanted the Sony. He then gets very upset and says he cant sell me that one as it is his diplay model, and it would take six weeks to order one. So basically, he was never ever going to sell me the one offered at the crazy price it was being offered for.

    Anybody else got any experiences?

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    Here's another one. Friend of mine on holiday in Torviscas wanted a new SD card for his camera, was offered a 2gb one for 12pds, (4 pds in UK) but was the told by one of our Asian brethren he had just had a delivery of new super duper ones that gave much better picture quality (now these things are digital and store digital info not pictures). sold it to my friend at a very special price of 20quid. It wasn't even a branded one just a cheap clone. OK my friend should know better, but he doesn't. It's still not an excuse to get ripped off by someone.
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    Re: Asian electronic shops tactics

    I had to buy a new fone for my spanish number, only wanted to spend 20-30€,he showed me a cheap samsung which was ideal for what I wanted, when he was putting it in the box I happened to notice the price tag 135€ lol
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    Back in 1992, Asian shop owner said to us ' you English want everything for nothing' we had an Argos catalogue with us & queried his price because it was more expensive than Argos, we pointed out Tenerife was supposedly Vat free. On leaving his shop he smacked my bum.!

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    Re: Asian electronic shops tactics to rip off their customers

    Quote Originally Posted by Leam_Lin View Post
    Back in 1992, Asian shop owner said to us ' you English want everything for nothing' we had an Argos catalogue with us & queried his price because it was more expensive than Argos, we pointed out Tenerife was supposedly Vat free. On leaving his shop he smacked my bum.!
    you should 'ave whaked him with the catalogue - cheeky ....beep !

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    Re: Asian electronic shops tactics to rip off their customers

    Quote Originally Posted by Leam_Lin View Post
    Back in 1992, Asian shop owner said to us ' you English want everything for nothing' we had an Argos catalogue with us & queried his price because it was more expensive than Argos, we pointed out Tenerife was supposedly Vat free. On leaving his shop he smacked my bum.!
    And you've being going back ever since.

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    Re: Asian electronic shops tactics to rip off their customers

    Quote Originally Posted by delderek View Post
    And you've being going back ever since.

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    Re: Asian electronic shops tactics to rip off their customers

    The year before last at a Indian Bazar by the Los Christianos tunnel. I wanted a small digital Panasonic camera for my grandson, they had it in the display cabinet for about €30...........just what I wanted,

    "Oh" said the Portly Indian man "I will have to get that one from my other shop as it's out of stock, please give me €20 deposit and call back in two hours time for your camera"
    I said no and that I would just leave it, but my ever trustful wife said Ok and away we went away after parting with €20 and getting a receipt for it.

    Two hours later we returned, ....."Oh he said, the camera is out of stock, but I have a better one, it's a %#*+{+] Brand, much, much better and only €45"

    I demanded my money back and after much shouting arguing and verbal threats, which did no good. I told him that I would get the police and after that, I eventually did get my money back, but I wonder how many holiday makers fall for the scam and end up with €45 of rubbish!

    The galling part of the story is that still a year later the "Nice Indian man" still remembers us smiles and wants to shake hands as we walk past his bazaar......Cheeky Git!
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    Re: Asian electronic shops tactics to rip off their customers

    Quote Originally Posted by delderek View Post
    And you've being going back ever since.
    Yeh!!!!!! I buy a camera every time we come to Tenerife & only from the slimy gits.

    We don't give them the time of day, let alone our money.

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    Re: Asian electronic shops tactics to rip off their customers

    Quote Originally Posted by Leam_Lin View Post
    Yeh!!!!!! I buy a camera every time we come to Tenerife & only from the slimy gits.

    We don't give them the time of day, let alone our money.
    in the words of citizen kahn "you bloody racialist"

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    Re: Asian electronic shops tactics to rip off their customers

    Quote Originally Posted by marbro8 View Post
    in the words of citizen kahn "you bloody racialist"
    I'm waiting for the words of citizen @timmylish on this subject, it's one that's always close to his heart!
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