Stuff Is Cheaper In Thailand – Buying a Laptop Power Cord
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 Not a Blog