I try to buy electronics here if possible. It is just easier and the price difference isn't all that much for most stuff. The selection is getting noticeably better each year. We bought a nice 55" LG TV this year during a sale before xmas and the price was only slightly higher than it would have been in the US.
However, there are some things that are still pretty much impossible to find here, so some "smuggling" might be in order.
For example, I like to use a 27" computer monitor with 1920x1200 resolution. I searched high and low for one here and could not find it. There are some with 1920x1080 resolution, but none with 1920x1200. So I had a friend who was visiting carry one in for me in a well packed hard case. He's a radiologist and planned to say he needs it for his work if questioned.
Another example was my amp/receiver for my home audio system. Again, I couldn't find any here. Lots of cheap boombox crap, but no high quality audio/video receivers. So I bought it in the US from a company that sells 220v equipment, and brought it through (still in its box) in a suitcase. I planned to say it was my "radio" (one of the allowed items) if questioned.
No red light either time, so luck can be a factor. If it came down to it I wouldn't have minded paying the tax because these are necessities as far as I'm concerned.
Also, some small electronics are best to carry in because it is easy, allowed, and there are significant cost savings. Examples would be iPads, laptops, smart phones, PS3, etc.
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on Wed Jan 09, 2013 1:02 pm, edited 2 times in total.