Kuwait – Price Savvy?

While walking around in the Dubai Mall I saw the Cinema 1 shop which sells cool movie memorabilia, right next to the movie theater. They have a lot of Star Wars items, G I Joe, Predators, and other cool movie items. Then I see the War Machine Bust above, I have the Iron Man Bust so I thought to complete the team. I asked for the price and they told its 1500 Dirhams which is insane, it costs $80-$90 with shipping to Kuwait probably around $150 but they were asking $410 for the same product. I always thought that certain items they have over priced in Dubai, it might be the same in Kuwait, but in Kuwait it wouldn’t sell. Because of the way the customs operate in Kuwait they make it difficult to import items for companies to sell so we get annoyed and that created the market for forwarding companies such as UShopWeShip and Aramex, I’m not sure if that service is available in the UAE but for us who live off ordering online its an amazing service. So ridiculously priced items in Kuwait or any other country for that matter isn’t accepted, we try to find the best deal we can.

This is just one simple example, when the iPad and iPhone 4 came out we got it the same time if not earlier then Dubai. We had insane pricing when it first came out but prices dropped quickly as competition grew, at first they were more then double or triple the price and it drops like a rock within a few weeks. Dubai usually hovers a little above us when it comes to Apple products for some reason, when the first wave came in they were about 20% more then the prices in Kuwait and they were selling like crazy. Overall Apple products are more expensive in Dubai but other consumer electronics such as TVs are cheaper in Dubai. I think in this matter people in Kuwait are always looking for a better deal.

A guy who is just trying to enjoy life!

3 Comments

  1. laziale

    The only cheaper electronics in Dubai are TVs , especially Samsung ( 20-30% cheaper ). other than that ( mobile phones – laptops – cameras etc ) kuwait is cheaper by 5-10% and sometimes more. But i still cant resist buying gadgets from Dubai mall 3rd floor ! roaming there reminds me of 80’s kids R us in farwaniya, same feeling .

  2. being in a 3rd world country (including the UAE, Dubai), the trader is in control of the market. where in modern countries, the customer is in control.

    what should be done is awareness about how/where to get the item with the cheapest and not just pay and get what’s in front of you.

    since you have ppl who will pay and don’t care about how much “more” they are paying…

    like the tomato! simple don’t buy!!! no one will die or get sick with a tomato-less diet ;) “

  3. Marcopolo

    Maybe your right, its just about TVs, other than that Kuwait is way too cheaper than Dubai or any other place regarding Electronics in the region, never mind the Apple fuss.

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