Sim Lim Square, Singapore
Contrary to what some people may have you believe; this is NOT a bargain basement for electronics. If you want to get a great deal, it's possible, but you need to hunt and negotiate hard! The shopkeepers can tell whether you're a local or tourist, so try to act as nonchalant as possible to stand a chance.
That being said though, this is one of my favorite malls for electronics in Singapore. It's kept its authenticity when malls like Funan have sold out to chainstores, this place has kept its personal touch with literally hundreds of small shops. Remember the higher you go, the bigger chance you'll have at finding a bargain and possibilities to haggle are much better there. Try to avoid the 'larger' shops and try to get a good deal in a smaller shop. Avoid the aggressive touts lingering in front of some shops. And most importantly: compare and compare! Don't buy your goods right away, take the time to look around.
What to buy: Electronics.
What to pay: Less than at downtown shopping centres, but don't expect to get things dirtcheap.
Sim Lim Square is a must if shopping for electronics in Singapore. Though there are no shortage of places to shop for electronics in Singapore, being that there is a electronic or IT mall on almost every corner. Sim Lim Square easily stands out above the rest when it comes to competitive prices. 6 floors of electronics and IT outlets vying for your attention and your dollar. It is expected of you to bargain!
Remember to shop around at Sim Lim Square. Dont be affraid to ask for a price of an item, and then walk into the next outlet and tell them what the neighbor shop is offering. Also paying with cash instead of credit can effect your price. Last but not least, be aware that certain warranties on electronics may be annulled depending on the outlet. Dont take for granted that just becuase the dealer says it's covered, that it will be.
There is a good variety of computer related stuff and you can bargain with the shop assistants. But do look around as you may be able to find a cheaper one at another shop on another level.
What to buy: Computers, softwares and games.
Steer clear of Hi-Vee Trading on the ground floor of Sim Lim Square. The salesmen are pushy and expect you to buy a wide angle lense with every purchase.Service is bad as I am trying to get a replacement warranty card for the Panasonic FZ-30 camera I bought, which died just one month after purchase. If you have to go there and buy something check everything before you leave as I had an SD card go missing after buying my camera.
The computer shops in the higher levels are staffed by people who do not know anything about what they are selling or just don't understand. My advice is shop at home! Sure it might cost 10-25% more but at least you will have peace of mind if something goes wrong.
If shopping for a camera, go to The Mustafa Centre in Little India and note their prices - they won't haggle, but prices are pretty cheap. Use the Mustafa price for the camera you want to buy as your base to haggle down at Slim Lim Square (found Funan IT Plaza dearer). Start on Ground Floor and work your way upwards, we got the best price at Song Brothers with extra battery and SD cards.
What to buy: Camera's. Cosmetics are only a few dollars dearer than the duty free price at Singapore Airport.
Singapore is the best place I've ever been for buying electronics. The most convenient venue for purchasing audio-visual gadgets is Sim Lim Square. All the newest and fanciest stuff outside Japan (and thus interconnecting with the rest of your stuff) are available here, with several different prices.
Prepare for hard haggling and deals with several acts: arguing, pondering alternatives, arguing, walking out, coming back, setting price, more arguing and finally finding the suitable price. Check the base price first from Best Denki or some other store that shows the prices and offers no opportunity for settling the price.
Remember that some stores will put an extra charge for buying with a credit card. Try to get rid of it with hard negotiations and acts of desperation. Make sure that you get all required guarantee slips and GST forms to claim the taxes.
Sim Lim Square is not reachable by the MRT, so its easiest to take a taxi.
I have never seen a centre that was all electronic. All 10 levels were every thing a camera, computer perosn could ever want to buy. Prices were reasonable but make sure you get what you paid for.
What to buy: Laptops, Camera's and PC games
What to pay: From $10 to $2,000.00 depending on what your looking for
one whole building full of computer and electronic goods, what more should i say?
What to buy: used to be a good place for buying electronics (audio, cameras, etc). That was 15 years ago (early 90s) when i was a student here. Nowadays you are better off going to Mustafa dept. store in Little India, not far from here. Computers may still be a good deal (remember bargain, bargain, bargain...) However cameras are not that cheap, even after you bargain. Some bad experiences from friends as well, you never know if you are getting a new one or a used one put in a new box
Sim Lim Square is another huge shopping complex in Singapore that deals in electronics goods. This one however has more computer equipment than the others that seem to focus on camera equipment.
There are 6 floors of shops selling all types of equipment from brand new state-of-the-art desktops to old 166Mhz used laptops.
Prices of course are negotiable and haggling is expected.
What to buy: Computers and peripheral equipment.
What to pay: Check prices and exchange rates carefully and haggle to ensure you are being given the best price. Just because it is Singapore doesn't mean you will be getting the best price. Indeed, if you are coming from the US then prices will probably be quite a lot more than you pay at home.
Ensure that an international warranty is included in case of problems and make sure that the piece of equipment will function correctly in your home country.
By Another Unhappy Customer - A lesson Learnt., 12/Dec/10
Stay away from #02-72 Sim Lim Square (- SQuare United Cam). Tell all your friends about this too. And do not even walk near to them, you will be hooked be them by their warmness on the surface, but behind their warm face, they were having a very bad intention to rid you off and upside down.
They introduce me the Sanyo CG-10 camcoder, they told me is latest model, and have warranty in my country, Penang Malaysia. I bought it for SGD 700.00. And assure me is the cheapest. I wasn't do my homework, because I am not intended to buy one. But I see it was fascinating gudget, so I bought it. And when I come back, I found out it was a year old product and almost face out. And now it only cost SGD 200.00. I was rid off SGD500. When I found out the truth, I was shock, not really angry, but rather admire his skill of sales. But I think they rid me off too much. So, I need to declare this to the world's tourist. Do not goto this shop or even walk near it. Kind of dangerous people and place. But I think their shop will be close down soon because, very soon, every people will know what they do and nobody dare to walk near. This is the power of internet. When I look for this shop in the web, I found out that many victim in the web, so I decided to add on my story. I ask all tourist that has the bad experience with this shop, please published in the web, let all people know about them. This shop is at Sim Lim Square, Singapore. Where this Square was known to have many IT product. Now, is no more bargin place. Is a place where wolves are waiting for victim to get hook.
What to buy: Buy in Malaysia if you want to buy IT product. More honest
A big malls, with the cheaper price and very interesting (-20 -40% compared to Europe).
Negotiation and barging are welcome, as there are few price indications.
From computers (1-2 floors) to electronic components, including Mobile phones, camera's,...
Nice to know: ask for a VAT receipt, you'll be refund at the custom when leaving Singapore, so, it's better than duty-free in the airport
(See photo): I was suprized to discover some of components manufactured by my compagny here
What to buy: Electronic - all from cables to computers
What to pay: -20 -40% compared to Europe
did my research well bac at home.i was very clear to buy PanasonicGS180.Went around most of the shops and found the best price list .Returned to this shop "MOBILE HUT" who quoted the best price .Just before closing the Deal, salesman introduced another camcorder and started of showing visual difference . He started off with all tech jargons and specifications of lower end model which v didnt realise. He offered the same price as of panasonic and in addition offered loads of accesories as free with JVCGr350 .i Just missed to take the print of the camcorder ratings and got carried away with the saleman talk .He even assured us tat he will take it bac the nxt day if v r'nt happy with it .Went back to hotel and surfed and found he offered us Low end model with a price tag of around $300 less than wat v got . Though v went back to return the camcorder, it was just a futile attempt !
Steps to follow
1.Take a print out of the price list and specifications which u intend to buy. very important !
2. Go to mustafa(Discount store) find the price tat they quote.
3. From level 1 and level 2 check the prices of the product which has the price tag.
4. Now start with the other stores asking for Best price and the accessories tat they can offer . Here u have to haggle a lot .
5. Be ready to walk out of shop ! dont worry abt the grumpy look of salesman and attack on ur character tactics(Saying u r stupid if u dont buy this !) . No emotions . keep looking out .
6.Once finalised the price for the camcorder u want to buy,dont ever try checking their other camcorder demos.The lens are changed to show bad performance of teh product u wish to buy and try to show a lower end model as best .
7. Shortlist the best shop and take a new sealed pack. Check the various function of the sealed pack new product .Get all the accesories for free.
8 .Take the GST refund form .All shops provide it for price of s$300 and more
9.Take the international gurantee Card.
10. Take the bill that lists all the product .
Sim Lim Square (electronics. Bugis Station)
Bugis Village (inexpensive items. Bugis Station)
Marina Bay Area (nice and big shopping malls. City Hall Station): Raffles City, City Link, Suntec City all linked by the Station; Marina Square and Millenia Walk are next to it. Is a huge area for shopping with air cond, restaurants, cafeterias, really nice clothes and sports, nice people. Only in this area you could spend an entire day from 10 am to 10 pm and not to be bored.
Orchard Area (the biggest shopping area in SIN. Orchard Station): Centrepoint, Paragon, Lucky Plaza, Far East Plaza, Wisma Atria, Ngee Ann City are only some of the malls that you can find there in both sides of the road.
In Christmas the lighting are gorgeous.
Restaurants and cafeterias everywhere.
The shoppig malls in Singapore are very nice buildings, very modern, clean, organized and sell goods of quality and fashionable .
You can get a refund of 5% GTS on purchases taken outside the country in most of the malls and stores throughout the city.
What to buy:
Sim Lim Sq is for locals only.
Tourists who shop there will pay higher prices. This is a guarantee.
Check prices with other shops before you proceed to Sim Lim Square.
Try Challenger at Funan Center. All items are fixed prices.
Note down Challengers prices before you head to Sim Lim Square.
It may help you save you lots of money when you shop at Sim Lim.
Salesmen in Sim Lim Square mostly do not get salaries.
They depend alot on sales commission.
Their favorite customers are Australiansand kiwis.
Many of these salemen will not hesitate to up their profit margins to as much as 300%.
That said, Singapore is still the best shopping paradise - if you dont go to Sim Lim Sq i.e.
Do your homework before you go to S'pore. Find out what camera you want. If you have settled for a brand/model (or a couple of options) in advance things are easier then when you have to decide on the spot. Find out how much you would have to spend at home for your cam incl. accessories.
Go to Mustafa's in Little India. It's a discount store and this will give you a benchmark for negotiating the price when you go to Sim Lim Square or anywhere else to buy your camera.
The first 2 floors on Sim Lim Square seem to have the most photo shops. Take your time to walk around and inquire about prices. Don't be lured into buying something you don't want because you're offered a special price just for you my friend. Walk away if it's too expensive vis-a-vis Mustafas. You WILL find a better price, trust me. Don't be intimidated by grumpy sellers when you walk away. It just the way they are.
If you have found the model you want at a price that is acceptable, ask them to throw in extra memory card, dual-voltage charger, camera bag, tripod and other items. Name your price and put the cash down as a teaser. Seeing cash usually works well.
Make sure you get an international warranty.
What to buy: I bought an 128 MB card for 60 dollars at Sim Lim. Later that day, I found an 256 MB card for 90 dollars (opening price) at the People's Park Complex in Chinatown. I didn't bother to haggle the price down, and I already had my 128 MB, so I didn't buy, but I'm sure I could have brought it down to 75. Just to let you know...
On my latest visit in April 2005 I noticed that they had a stand on the ground floor where you could claim your GST refund. Smart!