What To Look For When Buying Electronics Before Moving Overseas

Whether it’s a work transfer or dreams of faraway places, something has inspired you to move overseas. And, along with suitcases full of your personal effects, you might want to consider bringing along your appliances, too. Here’s why:

  1. Appliances aren’t as readily available in other places. In the United States, we have the luxury of a market that’s flooded with appliances from a slew of reliable, trusted brands. That’s also why you can buy a new washer, dishwasher or refrigerator in the U.S. and have it delivered within days. Needless to say, you likely will not find the same convenience or quickness when shopping abroad.

  2. The variety of brands and products means that pricing in the United States is more competitive, too. That works in your favor, as you can buy a high-end appliance here for a fraction of the price that it would cost elsewhere. In fact, many expats feel shocked when they arrive overseas and see the cost of appliances, especially the price difference between a low- and high-end option. Often times, a low-end appliance costs the same as a high-end one would in the United States. Even with the costs of shipping, it might be cheaper to buy your appliances in the U.S. for this reason.

  3. Aesthetics and features options won’t be as plentiful as they are in the United States, either. Nowadays, you can choose between a handful of colors, sizes and wash-and-dry cycle options when buying a washer-dryer, for example. When you go overseas, you simply will not have as much to choose from, so buy at home for the look and ease of use that you seek.

  4. Unfortunately, a foreign retailer might realize you’re from out of town and try and sell you your major appliances for an inflated price. It’s a disappointing situation that many have experienced, and the worst part is that they don’t know that they’re being duped until much later. If you arrive with your own trusted appliances — purchased at a fair price — you can avoid the “tourist tax.”

  5. To that end, you might not know where to start when it comes to purchasing a reliable appliance brand. If you speak the language of the country to which you’re moving, you can potentially do an internet search or ask around to find the brands with the best reputations. If not, you might have a hard time discerning whether the appliance you’re buying is worth the price or not. Obviously, buying at home would help you avoid this problem, as you’re very familiar with the brands on the market.

Once you’ve purchased your appliances for the big move, you can find all of the converters you need here at 110220volts. We specialize in these types of accessories so that you can safely use everything from a hair dryer to a washer-dryer, no matter where you decide to put down roots.