Do IT fairs and PC shows really offer a better deal than normal retailers? - Seedly

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Updated on 18 Apr 2019

Do IT fairs and PC shows really offer a better deal than normal retailers?

I heard some people saying that IT fair products uses some inferior hardware, and sell the products at a lower price to clear them off.

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HC Tang
HC Tang, Financial Enthusiast, Budgeting at The Society
Level 8. Wizard
Answered on 27 Aug 2018
  • Price almost the same. The dated models will get more discount for them to clear stock

  • The diff: Free bies

Another tips:

  • Usually Telco also join and they often does multi service re-contract deals such as M1 recontract Mobile and Home broadband, get like $200 t0 $300 handset discount / voucher (since 2012) that I know off.

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Jay Liu
Jay Liu, Diploma in Accountancy at KHEA
Level 6. Master
Answered on 10 Sep 2018

Why go for IT shows and squeeze your way where you can order online? Take advantages of lazada sales like this few days 9.9 sales. Deliver to doorstep too.

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Grace Cong
Grace Cong,
Level 4. Prodigy
Answered on 27 Aug 2018

I personally find prices are usually the same. Most often there will just be some type of freebie (usefulness of which is not guaranteed). However, sometimes there may be tie ups with certain credit cards which provide for extra cash back or vouchers or similar benefits. So look around and see if these are available before committing to anything. Also, do a lot of research and go in with a clear idea of which models you are interested in so that you don't get sweet talked into buying one that doesn't fit your needs.

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Gabriel Lee
Gabriel Lee,
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Answered on 26 Aug 2018

Worked at 2 IT Fairs before and from what I know of, the price might be slightly lower during that period and there'll be definitely more freebies. There's also a chance that you can negotiate even more for a lower price and/or more freebies since competition is stiff among the retailers (Best Denki, Newstead, Challenger, Courts, Gain City etc). Always walk around and compare between different retailers before making your purchase, do not be "sweetened" too easily by the salesperson. Also, I've not heard of products sold there using inferior hardware. Maybe they'll just lower the price for older models to clear off the old stocks and display set.

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Prices are usually not lower but the credit card perks + freebies sweeten the deal.

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The hack is to go on the last day. Better price if not more freebies.

The risk is they are out of stock.

The right way of purchasing is to 1. know what u already want 2. Understand the prices online and offline 3. Decides on whether the freebies is More worth it or negotiating a lower price is better.

Old stock will be a better word vs inferior stock.

Dun let the freebies blind u ah.

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Jonathan Chia Guangrong
Jonathan Chia Guangrong, Fund Manager at JCG Fund
Level 6. Master
Answered on 15 Sep 2018

Mm if the retailers at such shows offer inferior hardware, there'll be a lot of complains all over. Have worked in multiple shows as a promoter for Epson a lifetime ago, so I will always try to bargain for freebies or discounts. For example, laptops. The printed price on the brochure is the same for every retailer offering the same brand and model. But every retailer (or even a different sales person at the same retail booth) may offer a different price for the model you are eyeing. What I typically do is to get a best price I can and walk around asking if a lower price or more freebies can be given. Take down the name of the person you speak to so if you have decided on the price you are happy with, can go back to him/her. It will be likely that you will be remembered and it makes the purchase more smooth. For laptops, look to buy on day 3 or 4, and do ask if demo sets are available. These typically go for lower prices and are still new since they are only opened to be used as demos during the show period.

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Jasmine Tsoi
Jasmine Tsoi,
Level 3. Wonderkid
Answered on 15 Sep 2018

I recently went to the COMEX it show, and Apple products were going for 5% off! Plus some freebies like mouse. Not much freebies from apple if you get the 5% but then those are not really needed anyway! The 5% is good if you are getting more expensive stuff.

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Good Day Every Day
Good Day Every Day,
Level 6. Master
Answered on 15 Sep 2018

Yes. Provided one is willing to negotiate or bargain. Otherwise no difference.

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Leong Wen Fong
Leong Wen Fong,
Level 6. Master
Answered on 12 Sep 2018

I have a friend who worked in one of the retailers who told me that hardware in electronic devices were constantly being updated and improved on.

For example, a graphic card in a laptop may have a version 1- version 4. So these are minor updates of the same graphic card. Since they can't recall all of the laptops, they use the IT fairs as a method to sell off those with outdated versions of the hardware. The difference is generally negligible, and if anything happens, you still ahve the warranty that covers the product.

Above that, there are still freebies and if you go on the last day, there's a high chance the prices will get lowered again.

All in all, still quite worth it! Just don't end up buying things you don't need.

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Lim Zhi Cong
Lim Zhi Cong,
Level 3. Wonderkid
Answered on 08 Sep 2018

Worked at IT show twice. Products definitely not inferior, some are just older models that they want to clear. Advice is to come on the last day, usually they will mark down the price to its lowest during the last day. You can also negotiate to a certain extend. Bulk purchases are able to negotiate more/get more freebies. The freebies for some are quite decent and depends on price you pay, the more you pay the more freebies you get.

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