There was a time when people those who wanna save some money on mobile purchase go to Petta AKA Pitta Kottuwa. But things have changed a lot with the tax redemption regulated by the SL Gov. Those who bought phones from Pettah realized that those phones are even cheaper in Maharagama or Kiribathgoda.
This tax redemption was initiated to encourage people to buy more mobile phones which will result in high telephony usage in the country.
Another reason is, to encourage the tourist to buy electronic stuffs from Lankan market. Most of us know that some of us travel to Singapore only for shopping. We can save thousands of bucks if we buy electronic goods in Singapore. But my question is, are we really there?? Or this tax redemption is a joke??
For an example, I’m in India on an official Trip. I bought LG Optimus GT540 for 10,000 INR (almost 25000 LKR). When I asked the price of the phone here at Lanka, it was around 38,500 LKR. Sri Lankan electronic good prices are not even competing with India so isn’t it a joke that we are going to attract the tourist segment that comes only for shopping to Sri Lanka??
Another example was Nokia’s so called revolutionary product N8 (with HD cam, new Symbian OS etc etc) is 24,000 INR in India. Can you guess the price in Lanka?? It is around 77,000. I couldn’t stop but laughed my ass out.
I believe, it’s the mobile sellers in Sri Lanka making a good deal of money from the tax redemption not the public. There must be a dark mafia going on between the sellers to control the price so they can make good money. Good for them to find this cash cow but not good for the vision set by the Gov of SL for the future of our nation.
Just a food for thought!
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