During my vacation in Thailand of course a little G-Shock shopping was in order, and I’m happy to share my impressions with you.
There is a branded G-Shock booth or store in every major shopping mall in Bangkok, but one particular extra large and nicely decorated booth at Bangkok‘s Siam Paragon mall caught my attention. It’s part of the “Watch Expo” that should spur sales in July and August. Additionally to the timepieces, they had various displays, explaining the tech of the newer MTG and Carbon Core watches.
Yet, the highlight for me were two rainbow-colored MTG-B1000RB-2A on display. Two out of 40 available for sale here, according to the staff. And boy, do they look awesome in real life!
The rest was standard fare. In all these G-Shock stores you’ll find merely the actual models. No older or rare G-Shocks. They can probably be found at other watch dealers, but I didn’t even see many genuine G-Shocks in Bangkok’s vast other markets. Maybe fellow forum members from Thailand can chime in if there are elegant ways to get ahold of the unusual stuff.
I got the impression that the G-Shock retail business is firmly in the hand of Casio Thailand, respectively one single retailer, “Central Marketing Group”. This sales monopoly shows in the same price tags and discounts everywhere (on selected items 15%, pink sticker or 30%, blue sticker). Well, to me the prices looked quite prohibitive: even after a 15-20% discount you’ll be better off to buy a G-Shock at MSRP in Europe.
So, did I buy the rainbow-colored MTG? I certainly was smitten but no. I couldn’t justify the price tag: MSRP here is 45.000 Baht (=1.300€, 1,450$), and even after a 20% discount the watch would cost a staggering 36,000 Baht (=1.050€, 1,165$), which is still more than MSRP in Europe! Quite stunning in a country that is categorized as “emerging market economy”...
My conclusion: even if most G-Shocks are made in Thailand these days, buying them here is not a good option. Other than that, Thailand is a beautiful country with very friendly people and well worth a visit!
Unfortunately, the plane wasn’t for sale...