Friday, April 21, 2006
I saw an ad for this phone in one of the Dubai newspapers a couple weeks ago and I liked it. Looks like a nice basic clamshell phone. Nothing fancy, but perfect for me to use at work where I don't need anything like a megapixel camera. I went to the shop I usually buy phones from and they said they don't sell the lower-end Sony Ericsson because there's no market for them. I went to a couple other shops and they didn't have it either. I finally went to Bahwan Electronics who are the agents and they shocked me by quoting a price of 95 rials. I scratched the idea from my mind and never bought it. Yesterday I was going through Gulf News and saw an ad from Jumbo Electronics. They're selling it for 645 dirhams. Unbelievable, the Omani dealer is trying to get away with a profit margin of 30 rials on a phone. No wonder there's no market for low-end SE phones in Oman when the agent's acting like that. They're basically giving the market away to Nokia.