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Stuff Is Cheaper In Thailand – Buying a Laptop Power Cord

Stuff Is Cheaper In Thailand

The other day I had another reminder of how fortunate I am to be living in Thailand.

Let’s first back up a couple weeks…

A few weeks ago I decided to visit family back in the United States.

One day before my flight I drunkenly tripped over the cord from my laptop to the charger.  I didn’t give this a second thought because I’ve done it more than once.

However, two days later when I opened my laptop, I notice it wasn’t charging.  I inspected the cord a little closer and saw that it was pulled out just a little bit.

Through trial and error, I figured out that if I bend the cord in exactly the right spot, it would still charge my laptop.

However, if I moved the cord even an inch, no power.

Little need to say, my patience for this lasted about a day.

So I jumped in the car and went to the Best Buy (huge computer chain store in the United States) to see how much a new power cord would cost me.

Best Buy had a shitty off brand power cord for $125


I left the store and went online for something cheaper.  The only replacements I found online were equally expensive knockoffs.

Knowing that I could find a power cord far cheaper in Thailand, I sucked it up and dealt with not moving my laptop as I worked.  Complete annoyance, but it became more of a principle thing.

A couple weeks later I’m in Bangkok shopping at MBK.  I go to the level that has only electronics.  After 2 minutes of asking around, I found an exact replacement for $30.

I was so happy I didn’t even bother to negotiate on the price.

I left with a big smile on my face loving Thailand just a little bit more…

Posted on Gods of Thailand October 9, 2011 in


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