I have been shopping online for a new laptop to replace my aging 3rd gen processor HP laptop (You have served me well)
I’d like to upgrade to one with the new Kaby Lake processors and a GTX 1060 at least. (Cost ~$1400)
I have visited a few laptop shops in Nairobi and their lineups are depressing. The laptops on sale are at least 2 generations behind and you are lucky to find a laptop with a dedicated GPU.
And if that was not bad enough, the prices are ridiculously high.
Bright Technologies have a HP Omen laptop on sale for Ksh. 195,000
The same laptop retails for ~$1,295 (sales tax + shipping included) on the official HP website.
I can import the same laptop for around Ksh. 17,000 (Insurance + Customs + Air Shipping). They are obviously using sea shipping and bulking up which would greatly reduce the shipping cost per unit.
With that in mind, I am estimating they get to enjoy a margin of around Ksh. 40,000 which is absurd.
I get that they also have to deal with warranty issues but that does not explain the high cost.
Am I missing something? Is there no demand for high end laptops in Kenya?