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Businessman charged $12,000 for two iPhone 5 handsets

The Bangladeshi businessman thought he had snagged a decent deal when he agreed to pay $2,550 for two new iPhone 5 handsets at Eone Mobile Plus at Lucky Plaza.
The New Paper - November 26, 2012
By: Foo Jie Ying
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Businessman charged $12,000 for two iPhone 5 handsets

SINGAPORE - It pays to read the fine print - or you could end up paying more.

Bangladeshi businessman Shaikh Bashir Ahmed found this out the pricey way.

Mr Ahmed, 56, thought he had snagged a decent deal when he agreed to pay $2,550 for two new iPhone 5 handsets at Eone Mobile Plus at Lucky Plaza.

After all, he was told that the market price of one handset at other electronics shops in the mall were from $1,150 to $1,200 before tax.

But after Mr Ahmed signed a slip of paper and was about to leave the shop, he was stopped by the shopkeeper.

He claimed the shopkeeper then demanded that he pay the remainder of the bill, which amounted to $10,103.

Shocked

The five-figure sum shocked Mr Ahmed.

"I would never have agreed to pay so much for two iPhone 5 handsets," he said.

The same combination of two iPhone 5 handsets and two AppleCare Protection Plans, a warranty extension, costs $2,373.99 in the Apple online store.

The incident happened on Nov 9, when Mr Ahmed, who was in Singapore on business, was due to fly off later that day.

He was having breakfast at McDonald's in Lucky Plaza when mobile shop Eone Mobile Plus caught his eye.

Thinking it convenient, he decided to get two iPhone 5 handsets from the shop before catching his flight back to Bangladesh the same evening.

Mr Ahmed thought he had struck a decent deal at $1,150 per handset.

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