Hope this helped
Hope this helped
I took a Samsung LED TV to India as recently as December 2010 and let me tell you it made financial sense to me.
Good: Cost of Samsung LED 46" - $1050 + $140 for Booking it as a Luggage in Emirates = $1190 + Under Table at airport $25 = $1215 (about 51,000 INR)
Bad: You need a converter in India. US TVs work on NTSC signal mode while Asian TVs work on PAL signal mode. So in most cases (unless you TV has both NTSC & PAL Mode - which you can find out by going into the Menu Mode or reading the manual) you will have to buy a Signal Converter which are available from $25 to $150 on numerous web sites like Amazon, e Bay etc.. (remember more money is no assurance of a great product - so a 40$ deal should be good enough).
So finally your cost works out to around $1250 (about 57000 INR) which I thought is a great deal (considering the Indian price of 85000 for the same model). The things that get irritating are 1. you might have a few wires visible around your TV (if you dont conceal them properly) and 2. You need a cable TV guy / TV Mechanic in India to plug in your wires correctly (if you are not a techy).
Though you dont get HD Signals in India (only a few channels are HD there) you still can walk away with the high feeling of having an LED TV for a great price. The same is valid for LCD TVs also.
Always remember to change the original packing of the TV and move it into a similar box available in UHaul for 4 or 5 bucks (Cut the thermocol if required). This will help you in transporting (Less cost) and avoid the prying eyes of customs officers... say its a used tv.
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I am thinking of doing the same. I did a search in the net for some information and i was amazed by the amount of redundant and trivial information rather than some useful information.
Trivial = 220v, multi system
Useful info = very rare .
I see that someone here has done it at a good price point. I am seeing that good TV's like Sharp Quattron 40 inch(sharp makes the finest LCD's btw) are priced at Rs 1,20,000 in India. Thats almost US $2700.00
Do all airlines charge the same fees based on volume and weight or does it differ? Do customs people in india really go by the book when they see a TV or do they haggle and let you pass for a *fee*?
And for those worried about 220v or Pal/NTSC confusion a site here in the US sells multi system TV's.
Last edited by krravi; 04-20-2011 at 03:02 PM. Reason: Additional info
hello, if any one can help me out...........
i wish to bring an 50 inch plasma to india from uk by air india can any one tell me how much will i be charged to bring it as a special luggage?
I am having 3 yrs old 46 inch used LED TV. I am planning to check-in along with the baggage (pay extra cost). Do I still need to pay custom duty for this used TV? I can show the receipt for proof. Also I see that this TV is not in production now.
You will have to pay custom duty in India. Custom officers have a chart and they will charge you based on how old your TV is. You will be charged 10-15% of the purchase price. Since you have the original receipt, you will be charged on the price in receipt.
You should calculate the total cost of your TV i.e. [Purchase Price+baggage charge+Custom] and decide based on that if you are saving a significant amount of money by taking the TV to India. I, personally took a 55" UHD 4K TV to India and after all the charges, I saved a lot as compared to the same TV price in India.