Thursday, June 16, 2005

Cheaper items anyone..

I was walking through Masjid India area and I came across a shop which has a sign that said “Textile at Wholesale price”. It looks familiar as during my days at a customer site near the area, I will eat lunch in some of the lanes beside it and I will then prowl around the surrounding shops to “burn” away the fats. It’s quite funny as although they have a sign that hangs outside that gives the impression that they are selling textile but in actual fact you could find electrical, consumable goods like chocolate and etc, luggage, shoes and etc.

I went in to explore the shop and hopefully I could find some interesting things. As I walk in, I could see on the left there are rows of chocolate on sale. On the right, I could see a big round shape glass counter that is filled with watches. I guess chocolate is not something that I want to see when I am on a special diet, so I moves towards the right to look at the watch on display. I could see there are numerouse types of watch which cost around Rm60 to Rm300. There is no Tag Hueur or Rolex or Mount Blanc but there are plenty of casio, weststar, citizen and etc. Some with diamond shape and colours stone decorating the face of the watch. Some digital watch were below Rm60. I am not sure how long can the watch last, one year maybe.

After ten minutes, I was tired admiring “diamond” and “Ruby” on the watches, I headed straight to the electronic floors by passing the luggage floors. I was quite surprise to find some new model although they do not have plasma or LCD TV but there are some 29 inch Sony, Panasonic TVs flat screen TV. The price looks like a bit cheaper as compare to Sony Wings or other electrical shops. I am not sure if it’s the same model or it’s just have the same exterior but internally all the parts is from another or unknown brand. Umm, anyway I am not going to buy any TV, so I was looking around to see if there is anything that is of interest to me. At the far end corner, it looks there is a counter selling digital cameras.

When I reach the counter, there is one thing that caught my attention, the price tag of the latest Sony T7. It has been labelled the slimmest and the lightest 5 mega pixels digital camera. Sony Wings is selling it at RM1899 and there are shops which is selling it around RM1799 but…. I blinked my eyes to focus again on the pink colour price tag. It reads RM1644. The first thing that comes to my mind again, is this shop selling genuine goods or they are selling goods that are sub-standard or reject items. I have never come across reject items on electrical goods, have I? Or they swap the internal parts with another.

I went back and tell my colleague regarding the price as she is also on the look out for a digital camera. The first thing she said is “Maybe they got it from some kinda of illegal trading or maybe like the APs for car, some importer could get a import car for the price of RM11k, as rumours in the paper. So maybe they can get the T7 for Rm300, hahaha”. Anyway does price difference influence your decision to buy? Will you buy an item if the price looks suspiciously low than normal? It makes me think twice as I afraid it’s either a defect good or it came from some illegal source or means.

8 comments:

Lynne said...

Stolen goods, dun buy!!! For something like a digital camera, I'd only buy from a proper store, where I can get guarantee, warranty, and servicing. This kind of thing, cannot save lah. BTW, did you get my email? :)

SooHK said...

Lynne, I got your email, I just reply. It will be an interesting thing to do tomorrow, hahaha. Yeap that what I thought there must be something wrong with the goods...

aGent X said...

I like Jalan Masjid India..for the Indian food when I'm in KL :)

We have similar kind of deals here, at Mustaffa Center, 24/7 shop. The price may be cheaper but it comes without agent guarantee, it it comes with guarantee, it is also similar to the other retail shops. Guess it is ok as long as there's guarantee :)

AdieJin said...

electronic goods last for the most 2 years if u r lucky.If it is not broken, you would be itchy to upgrade to model 678NX or whatever name the marketing jerks at Sony will come up with.Soon u would be paying your yearly Homage/Contribution to Sony again..so if you can save now, save as much as you can.Don't worry much on the warranty shit.Serious..spank me if you want..i might enjoy it..ouchhh

leecs said...

soo, go for it!!!
as long as those the main features are working fine, shouldnt be any problem mah..
sure they give warranty one..check with them and see....

still itchy on JVC Everio MC100 but more expensive here in Beijing....RMB8400 leh..

Lynne said...

Hey, my man in KL, how's the spying coming along? You can pretend to look for somebody in Corporate Banking then go look for him. Should be quite easy to recognize, tall, kinda good-looking, and no glasses.

jettykey said...

I'm suspicious of too low price too.

SooHK said...

Agent X, Yeap I totally agree as long as there is a warranty and the warranty is legal, it should be fine.

Adejin, hahaha repeatable profit. I still have my old sony 1 megapixel digital camera. Still can use. The one that uses floppy disk as recording media.. hahaha.

LeeCS, for compact digital camera, I narrow down to 2 models, canon Ixux 700 or Casio Z750. Maybe will shop today at Low yat... for casio... Casio have more manual functions..

Lynne, I guess you have gotten his email address from me and more... hahaha check your mail... if you did not receive then email me again..hahaha.. Security is tight over in Menara OCBC.

anna, I share the same feeling...

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