30 Aug 2006 01:02:39
somethingsimple
Shopping for gear in Thailand

Hi folks, I hope it's windy wherever you are now :)

Anyways, I am going to Thailand for a day and was just wondering if
anyone can share any information about buying gear there (Bangkok). Are
there really those GREAT deals there or it's just one of urban myths?
Any advice on how to find the best deal in town? I am just afraid that
I will not be able to find them due to the limited time I am going to
stay there. I'm after a couple of specific boards and sails.

Googling for it was pretty futile, so my last resort is to ask you for
your much appreciated help.

Cheers,
Al



30 Aug 2006 03:38:24
Jrobb
Re: Shopping for gear in Thailand


somethingsimple wrote:
> Hi folks, I hope it's windy wherever you are now :)
>
> Anyways, I am going to Thailand for a day and was just wondering if
> anyone can share any information about buying gear there (Bangkok). Are
> there really those GREAT deals there or it's just one of urban myths?
> Any advice on how to find the best deal in town? I am just afraid that
> I will not be able to find them due to the limited time I am going to
> stay there. I'm after a couple of specific boards and sails.
>
> Googling for it was pretty futile, so my last resort is to ask you for
> your much appreciated help.
>
> Cheers,
> Al


Why are you going to buy Equip. if you're only going to be there for a
day?

J



30 Aug 2006 18:47:09
Tsunami
Re: Shopping for gear in Thailand


"Jrobb" <[email protected] > wrote in message
news:[email protected]
>
> somethingsimple wrote:
> > Hi folks, I hope it's windy wherever you are now :)
> >
> > Anyways, I am going to Thailand for a day and was just wondering if
> > anyone can share any information about buying gear there (Bangkok). Are
> > there really those GREAT deals there or it's just one of urban myths?
> > Any advice on how to find the best deal in town? I am just afraid that
> > I will not be able to find them due to the limited time I am going to
> > stay there. I'm after a couple of specific boards and sails.
> >
> > Googling for it was pretty futile, so my last resort is to ask you for
> > your much appreciated help.
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Al
>
>
> Why are you going to buy Equip. if you're only going to be there for a
> day?
>
> J

Well seeing as though 90% of boards are made there......possibly could save
a lot of money.

I don't know where the Cobra factory is, but a few years ago a local guy
went there and got 3 or 4 "seconds" at half retail price. Only reason was
the graphics went on crooked. He borught them back, the $200 extra he sold
each board for more than covered his excess baggage cost!
At any rate, most things will be cheaper duty free




>




30 Aug 2006 10:51:44
Ellen Faller
Re: Shopping for gear in Thailand

somethingsimple wrote:
> Hi folks, I hope it's windy wherever you are now :)
>
> Anyways, I am going to Thailand for a day and was just wondering if
> anyone can share any information about buying gear there (Bangkok). Are
> there really those GREAT deals there or it's just one of urban myths?
> Any advice on how to find the best deal in town? I am just afraid that
> I will not be able to find them due to the limited time I am going to
> stay there. I'm after a couple of specific boards and sails.
>
> Googling for it was pretty futile, so my last resort is to ask you for
> your much appreciated help.
>
> Cheers,
> Al
>

Given the usual traffic in and around Bangkok, it will take you most of
a day to get anywhere. There were few windsurfing dealers in Bangkok;
most were in the beach areas. Cobra factory is in the Bangkok area, but
not too sure about access for the general public.


31 Aug 2006 10:22:13
Oahu62
Re: Shopping for gear in Thailand

I've been told that the Cobra factory won't sell to the public as it
just undermines the dealers around the world.

Maybe its different for seconds though. Anyone here actually go
knocking on the door there?



31 Aug 2006 11:34:12
Dan Weiss
Re: Shopping for gear in Thailand

Seems unlikey that any brand would allow a manufacturer to sell branded
"seconds" directly, unless all branding has been removed. For the
amount of static a brand gets if any little thing is wrong or out of
line, I would be very suprised if a brand allows that sort of thing.

On the other hand, it never hurts to ask, unless you need to fly 2500
miles to do so.

-Dan
Oahu62 wrote:
> I've been told that the Cobra factory won't sell to the public as it
> just undermines the dealers around the world.
>
> Maybe its different for seconds though. Anyone here actually go
> knocking on the door there?



31 Aug 2006 17:10:03
Ellen Faller
Re: Shopping for gear in Thailand

Cobra makes boards for so many companies. I'd guess that if there was a
bad board produced during Company A's run, it would be up to Company A
to decide if Cobra disposed of it or if Company A did. Some companies
are located on the other side of the globe from Cobra and some are
closer and may have local offices. I'd also guess that some bad boards
get used for R&D as they are expendable. Maybe not.
Ellen

Dan Weiss wrote:

> Seems unlikey that any brand would allow a manufacturer to sell branded
> "seconds" directly, unless all branding has been removed. For the
> amount of static a brand gets if any little thing is wrong or out of
> line, I would be very suprised if a brand allows that sort of thing.
>
> On the other hand, it never hurts to ask, unless you need to fly 2500
> miles to do so.
>
> -Dan
> Oahu62 wrote:
>
>>I've been told that the Cobra factory won't sell to the public as it
>>just undermines the dealers around the world.
>>
>>Maybe its different for seconds though. Anyone here actually go
>>knocking on the door there?
>
>


31 Aug 2006 18:31:51
Florian Feuser
Re: Shopping for gear in Thailand

On 2006-08-31 17:10:03 -0400, Ellen Faller <[email protected] > said:

> I'd also guess that some bad boards get used for R&D as they are
> expendable. Maybe not.

Like frontal crash-testing? er.. that's MY gig.

I'd be interested in a "white" blank (no decal) board, since I am kinda
turned off my most manufacturer's graphics. Love my HiTechAB for that.
Modest li'l grey stick.

florian



01 Sep 2006 18:19:27
Re: Shopping for gear in Thailand

On 30 Aug 2006 01:02:39 -0700, "somethingsimple" <[email protected] >
wrote:


>Any advice on how to find the best deal in town? I am just afraid that
>I will not be able to find them due to the limited time I am going to
>stay there. I'm after a couple of specific boards and sails.
Your best bet might be to contact "Pop" through his website
http://www.clubloongchat.com/
He has excellent contacts with Cobra and anything to do with
windsurfing in Thailand -- and happens to be a great guy. I've
purchased a number of boards from him (JP) which were delivered to my
hotel in BKK. Impeccable service.