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Sim Lim square: Electronic, mobiles, computers: the best
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
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Pixels n Pixels Pte Ltd: Don't be conned!
I read VT shopping before coming to Sim Lim Square, when I should have been reading "Tourist Trap".
I wanted to buy a mobile phone from a reputable shop outside Sim Lim Square, but it was out of stock. So by the time I was walking around in Sim Lim, I already knew what to buy and how much I was willing to spend for it. So this guy quoted a good price lower than my other contact. It turned out it was without the GST!
Anyways, my old phone had been stolen, so needed a replacement. I asked if it was a demo phone, since it was the only unit there. He said it's new. (I later saw photos in the phone taken from inside the shop - showing it was a demo unit). To cut the story short, he not only overcharged on the 2GB memory card I purchased (which my Singaporean friend said I could have gotten a 4GB card), but he conned me. One month later, the phone dies.
Nokia Malaysia won't repair it because it was bought in Singapore. I call the guy up, and he offered to take it to Nokia Singapore, but when he started calling Nokia Malaysia technicians "morons", I decided to bypass him and go straight to Nokia Singapore.
Guess what? Nokia Singapore checked the phone out and said it's not under warranty, implying that I've been conned! For the cost to repair the phone, I might as well buy a new original phone with warranty in Malaysia. So beware! Don't buy from Pixels N Pixels Pte Ltd. It's not worth the savings. It turned out to be a loss. Robbed twice within 2 months! (old phone got stolen, now this!!!)
I sent a complaint to Sim Lim Square to warn them of the retailer but what can they do? I wouldn't be surprised if some other tourist gets ripped off/conned!
And if you don't live in Singapore, buy your Nokia from your home country because Nokia doesn't have international warranty. If it breaks down, whether it's a real phone or not, you have to send it back to Singapore for repairs.
What to buy: Don't buy anything unless you want to be conned BIG time!
What to pay: Save your money and shop elsewhere, far, far away from Sim Lim Square.
Sim Lim Square: Purchase PSP
Be careful. This is a posting from another forum and I'm posting here to warn the ppl here.
I went to Sim Lim Square on Sunday, 17/06/07 with the intention to purchase a PSP. After scouting for sometimes, my friend and I came to this shop known as Mobile House Electronics Pte Ltd to check on the pricing of the PSP. After much haggling, the sale person offered a standard PSP pack with a 4GB memory stick to us at the price of $420 inclusive of GST, which we eventually bought it.
To our dismay, we realized that there was a missing battery from the pack when we reached home. Hence, I went down to the shop on the following day afternoon, 18/06/07 , Monday to ask for my missing item. However, when I ask the sale person for my battery, he told me angrily that the standard pack does not come with a battery and only the value pack does.
Then after I requested to upgrade to the value pack by topping on money where later he say that it was out of stock and further said we are not allowed to change and insisted on me in purchasing the battery instead. Leaving me with no choice, I have to just buy the battery in order for my PSP to work. He first quoted me a price of $75 for the normal battery but further persuaded me to buy a higher capacity battery with longer battery life and comes with a warranty which we agreed at the price of $105 with GST. In total, I paid $525 for my PSP.
I went back to the shop to look for the sale person. His colleague, a medium built Chinese man in his mid thirties, claimed that he was not around. I recited the incident to him, asked him politely for his help. Instead of being helpful or even clarify the matter further, he pointed his finger at me and said that it was my fault that we assume and did not ask properly before purchasing. He started to raise his voice and smirk at me, asking me to go ahead and call the police or report it to CASE if I want to, saying that he is not afraid. I am seriously feel threaten and been bullied by the 2 sale persons.
What to buy: One day if they are black listed, they can simply change the shop name. Most importantly, the sales person will get pay 40% of the gross margin. The more they cheat you , the more they earn. It's advisable to go to big megastores like Audio House, Best Denki, Court & etc. I know Audio House are case-trust certified and provide 7 days money back guarantee if you are not happy with their price, product or service with no question ask. Star retailers are selected by SLS management and Case-trust certified stores are audited by the authority on their operating systems and services. As comparsion, case-trust is more trustworthy.
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Pappilon Sim Lim Square: good price and service shop in Sim Lim Square
this one of the few shop in Sim Lim that have the good price and the good service. They are all so friendly and the things i buy never give me any problem. I recomend this shop Papilion at #02-12 for this especially if you need the electronic and audio product especially the MP4 and the portable dvd players with the lcd tv screen.
Sim Lim Square: Important Note about Sim Lim Square
As mentioned in other tips, Sim Lim Square provides a unique electronics shopping experience. In its 5 stories, buyers can expect to find everything from large network systems, right down to interesting electronic gadgetry.
Prices are great too - most items can be found with a reduction of about a 10-30% as compared to normal retail prices.
However, it is worth noting that a few shops in Sim Lim Square sells imitation or modified goods. Some also tend to increase the prices and deceive the buyer into over-paying for a product.
In my experience, a camera shop, FOTO POINT (#01-47), which is located in a corner of level 1 in the shopping centre, sells modified/imitated products. Though incredibly cheap (and suspective), several of their items are not original, even if the storeowner says so. I would like to warn all buyers, especially foreigners, of such occurrences in the shopping centre that tarnish its name.
I tried buying a canon camera at the shop last week, and was impressed at its prices. However, after a long talk, the store owner began critisizing canon and attempted to push for his own product, which was more expensive. I later found out that the lenses in the canon display set had been modified to produce significantly poorer images to make the house brand seem better.
Another shop, PIXELS N SHUTTERS, sells products at ridiculously high prices, claiming its products to be exclusive.
Though the impact of these shops create a bad reputation for the Sim Lim Square shopping experience, I would like to let readers know that such occurences are rare, and there are only a small handfull of them. But please, do be wary and aware of such places.
I wish all shoppers a pleasant shopping experience.
A Sim Lim Regular
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Hi-Vee ,Sim Lim Square: Grunts and gruffness
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.
Sim Lim Square: IT products at Sim Lim Square
Sim Lim Square is a shopping complex dedicated to electronic gadgets and computer products. The 3rd, 4th and 5th story of Sim Lim Complex are dedicated exclusively to shops selling DIY computers, computer peripherals and accessories. If you are a techie and a computer buff, you will find that Sim Lim Square is a haven for buying computer accessories and peripherals - DVD writers, hard disks, thumb drives, RAM chips, webcams etc. As you go up the escalators, there will be people trying to shove catalogues and price lists into your hands. Just grab them and compare the prices offered by various shops before you commit to a purchase.
What to buy: Computer parts and peripherals
What to pay: The price is reasonable and displayed prominently on the price list in front of the shop.
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Sim Lim Square: Sim Lim Square - electronics goods and computers
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.
Games Industries Ground Floor Sim Lim Square: Money misappropriated by shop at Sim Lim Square
Had to call the Police today to get back money taken from my son by staff from this shop, they initially stated the price of a game at $40.00 then insisted he show them he had the money and had him place it on the counter. they then distracted him and told him the price was $80.00 he picked up his money, outside he realised it was not all there and $10.00 had been taken by shop staff. they refused to give back the money until police were called. Do not buy from Games Industries on the Ground Floor they are not honost or trustworthy. I can supply the name of the investigating Police Officer and report number if requested. Police were fantastic very fast response time of 10 minutes and very professional in their handling of the situation. If you think you have been ripped off don't hesitate to call them on 999.
Sim Lim Square: Geek Heaven
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.
Sim Lim Square: Electronic's galore
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
Sim Lim Square: Electronic and Electrical Stuffs
All the electrical and electronical items you need is available in Sim Lim Square. Prepare to explore the whole mall to get the best price. All shops offer a slightly difference in price and so you will have to do a bit of asking around.
Sim Lim Square: Buying a PS3 in Singapore - Be Careful!
Hi all I couldn't find a place to post about DISreputable shops so I hope you won't mind me posting here - I am aiming to post this info everywhere I can so others don't go thru the same crap I did today. I'm from the UK and in Singapore on holiday and looking for a cheap PS3 console. Went to Funan, Mustafa, Sony shops in Isetan, Best Denki, Harvey Norman - no PS3 in stock anywhere. Only place I could find it was Sim Lim Square at prices too good to be true - surprise surprise - they WERE too good to be true. The guys in Sim Lim Square are pure SCAM artists! Especially Harris at GAMES INNOVATION on the Ground Floor. He said I could buy a PS3 for 399 SGD and it was in stock. When we proceeded to talk he asked where I was from and when I said UK he said this PS3 was region-coded to Asia. I was fairly sure games were region free but Blu-Ray discs weren't but he said this was new in Asia and they had started region-coding the PS3 models and games to get around people buying them cheap and taking them out of Asia. Stupidly I fell for this and bought a "region-free model" from him for 560SGD (which happened to be the same price Sony Style shop quoted, I should have realised what was happening at this point). I wanted the White model so I paid a bit extra for that over the black one. I also bought a controller from him and he was trying to sell me other crap and not giving me any discounts or haggling at all. I got him to take it out of the box and test it all and it worked fine. Problem was I didn't have a UK game to test it with so who knew if it was really region-free or not? Got back to hotel and did more research on this and found on a forum that a guy in HK had exactly same kind of problem. I was so angry so I went all the way back and demanded a refund or difference in price and said this was not region free and that was just a story he made up to get customers to pay a lot more. He refused to refund me. Thankfully I had paid by credit card (for which they charged me 4 percent extra) but I threatened to cancel the card payment if he didn't refund me. Eventually after a lot of arguing I got a full refund. I then asked at a few other shops in Sim Lim Square and a lot of do the same trick. I eventually bought a black PS3 from another shop there for 450 SGD then he said GST was not included so I paid an extra 7 percent. Then I was told I had to buy two games (at vastly inflated prices even compared to the UK) and then he was still trying to convince me to take a region-free model even though no such thing exists as such! Thankfully even after paying over the odds for all of it I still came out 55 UK pounds better but with no warranty (only SIngapore warranty). The second shop also refused to even let me test the console in the shop although he agreed he would replace it if I brought it back the same day. Be warned - don't fall for the sim lim scam artists, don't believe anything to do with region coding, be careful what you pay for anything and use a credit card! It's worth the peace of mind! I hope this helps out some people.
What to buy: Be very careful if buying a PS3
What to pay: More than you bargained for!
Sim Lim Square: Getting a fair deal when purchasing
Try these if in doubt or confused:
1) Stick to the purpose of coming to this building (be it to buy something specific or just to browse).
2) Words from neither the shoppers nor the salesperson should influence you to change your decision. Sometimes the shopper(s) IS the salesperson's friend.
3) Always ask if the item is in stock. If the salesperson says the item is out-of-stock, go to the next shop that sells the exact item which you want to buy. It will seldom happen that many shops are out-of-stock for this particular item, then you may want to reconsider an alternative.
4) Do not ask for copied or pirated software, there is none. Even if you can find any, it is still a better price getting from some other countries.
5) Take some price lists and do price comparison for the item which you intend to purchase. This is a habit of the typical singaporean. If you do not compare like the locals, the shop will gladly pocket the extra $ paid.
6) Ask whether there is a discount if payment is by cash (SGD). The typical VISA/mastercard service charge is 3% on top of the listed price.
7) If you end up in doubt or confused by the choices or prices of electronics/parts that you see, simply walk away, you may retreat to the basement B1 food court to sort things out.
Give yourself time to reconsider your purchase. You DO NOT get "closing down sale" or "once in a lifetime" prices here, this IS Sim Lim Square, try hunting some more years in this place and you will get the point.
8) Tourists get tax rebates at the information counter (on the ground floor), bring your receipt (prove of purchase) and show it to the information counter, tell them you want to get a GST-rebate.
9) Do not buy any mobile phones from level 4,5 and 6. Notice there are not many shops around selling mobile phones? This IS NOT a place to get a good deal for mobile phones, go somewhere else.
10) If someone else asks you to go somewhere else to buy your computer parts, claiming that it is cheaper, dont bother, you are already here. The widest range of NOTEBOOK,COMPUTER PARTS/ACCESSORIES IS in this place; check the price lists and see for yourself. However, mobile phones, general electronics may be cheaper in other places.
My work in the computer industry as well as working with the people there had given me new insights when making purchases in this building.
If you visit the 4th, 5th and 6th floors of sim lim square, you will find a whole bunch of shops filled with computer parts, accessories & electronics. The first 3 levels of this building are usually not meant for competitive shops selling computer parts (software & hardware) & accessories. Thus, these shops will either not have a price list or have no competitor shops anywhere in sight. These shops generally offer uncompetitive prices or services as they do not need to compete.
Locals will frequent the 4th, 5th and 6th levels, most of these shops will have black&white price lists printed on A4 or A3 size paper. They are for you to take for comparing prices. That IS WHY the price lists are there in the first place. Otherwise you can download digital versions of the scanned price lists when you google for hardwarezone, look under price guides->price lists download. The prices listed in the hardwarezone website is generally not updated, always refer to the scanned price list and the date it was scanned.
Every 9 out of 10 locals WILL compare prices from 3 to 10 shops before buying even the cheapest gadgets. That is the typical singaporean habit. If you prefer not to do it, you may end up bitter after experiencing a bad purchase, it IS common for tourist or even locals who do not compare the prices before buying. Well, some european tourists do not even check the prices back in europe for the same item which they want to buy, in many cases, the price is similar here and in europe. Well, my friend from europe bothered to check the price back in europe and decided not to buy since warranty will not be valid when brought back to europe.
If you have checked the prices on the price list of at least 3 shops for the item which you want to purchase, price range of this item should not be USD$5 higher or USD$5 lower than the average price found on the price lists. If you have done the comparison correctly, you will only select a few shops to buy from. These experienced shops have priced their items very competitively, so bargaining will not be effective, the most you may get is a 2% cash discount if paid in full SGD cash. You may get a further discount if your total purchase is above USD$2000.
I will like to hear your experience and comments while shopping here, please post them ! Happy shopping!
What to buy: computer parts (software & hardware)
game consoles & games
What to pay: Modes of payments:
CASH (SGD, ask if there is any discount if paid in cash)
VISA/MASTERCARD (ask how much is the service charge)
NETS (FOR LOCALS, no discount)
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Sim Lim Square: Electronics in Singapore
Sim lim is the best place to pick up electronic gadgets like laptops,computers etc..They have a wide range of Cameras,camcorders etc. also.
The price range in Singapore is competitive.
What to buy: Electronics and other gadgets
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