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Computer Parts Cost More in the Philippines than in the United States

computer parts I wrote about my laptop computer problems before. Earlier today, I looked up prices on solid-state drives and other computer parts at various places including Walmart has the SanDisk SSD Plus 120GB listed for about $45.00 USD. has the same one listed for 2540 pesos, which comes to about $55.00 USD at the current foreign currency exchange rate for United States dollars. Not only do computer parts cost more, whole computers cost more than they do in the United States.

Why are Computers and Computer Parts More Expensive here?

Some things will never make sense no matter how hard I try to make sense of them. American brand laptop computers tend to cost about twice as much in the Philippines than the United States, no matter where you buy them.

Products imported to companies at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone don’t include duties or taxes, so they should be on par with the United States as far as prices go. Many other products are, but not computer products.

On the other hand, breadbox desktop computer systems can be had for about half of what a name-brand desktop computer system would cost in the United States. They’re even cheaper when you start axing the stuff you don’t need with them. If I wanted to buy a new desktop system today, I’d spend far less than $500 USD for a top-of-the-line-system.

Why? Well, I have leftover computer parts stored in various places and I don’t need a monitor or any internal hard drives. If I wanted to do the work, I could rebuild a desktop computer for less than $200 USD. But I don’t want to.

I don’t understand why computer systems made in Japan (Sony, for example) aren’t imported directly from Japan. They’re not; they’re imported from the United States. Again, it doesn’t make sense. If they were directly imported, I’m sure they’d be cheaper.

Online Shopping to Check Computer Parts Prices

I always do this, even if I don’t buy the computer parts from an online company. I haven’t bought a thing from because I’ve been able to find what I need locally, but I’ve checked prices there many times.

Now that I know the price range I’m looking at for the solid-state drive, I can tell if a local retailer is trying to rip me off. Price tags don’t mean much when the retailer is unscrupulous.

I’ll probably visit the computer shops I mentioned when I wrote about the memory card and USB stick I bought before anywhere else. Unfortunately, it probably won’t be until January or February. My fixed income won’t allow me to stray off-budget very often.

I’m using my backup laptop computer as my primary computer now and the one I was having problems with is now the backup laptop computer. Yes, I managed to get it working again - but I’m sure it won’t last if I start using it all the time.

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By RT Cunningham
November 3, 2015

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