[Q] Why is Everything More Expensive in Asia?
I'm living in Thailand right now. Before I came here I was lucky enough to pick up the Nexus 7 (2012) 32 GB for around $230 at the time at Office Depot. I erroneously thought that electronics would be cheaper here because I would be closer to the source of production, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan for example.
However, it's pretty impossible to find a Google Nexus device out here. When I do find them they are usually $100 over what you would pay in the States at least. It seems like a lot of people buy Samsung tablets and phones out here but the prices are the same as Apple. A 2012 Nexus 7 would cost as much as the iPad Mini out here. I haven't even seen a store with the 2013 version available.
So why is this? Asus and LG are both companies located in Asia, but they pay maybe twice as much in some cases for something I could get in the States. Meanwhile Apple stuff is pretty similarly priced.