Through my years of moderating 2 tech related forums and also having being a before-I-buy-my-PC consultant to both friends and strangers, it’s quite common to see that many actually think that PC Fair IS “THE TIME” to buy computer parts. The truth of the matter is otherwise.
What Is PC Fair?
PC Fair is Malaysia’s major PC related event, organized by PIKOM – the Association of the Computer and Multimedia Industry. More details about PIKOM here.
What exactly is PC Fair about? Unfortunately I can’t give you any quote as there’s no information on PIKOM’s site on what exactly is PC Fair, so I’ll just explain it in my own words…
PC Fair focuses is an event for IT / Tech related showcase, where vendors take the opportunity to promote their latest or upcoming products while others (such as resellers) use this event as another means for conducting sales.
PC Fair is held about 3 times each year, for each PC Fair “season”, the event will be held across the nation at selected venues. The fair is always held over a 3-day period covering the weekends (FRI / SAT / SUN).
PC Fair, Cheap?
Actually…… YES and NO. Well, to me it’s generally NO.
Let’s take the PC Fair held at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre for example. The parking is expensive, the LRT (light rail transit) and the station is generally packed with people coming and leaving the fair. Then of course, we have the crowded halls where shopping is almost a bumper car experience.
Factoring the cost in terms of money, time and effort – you’re better off shopping at Low Yat Plaza. Price of goods are pretty much the same but you can get things done faster and much lesser effort. 🙂
Does that mean you can’t get things cheap at PC Fair? No. If you’re lucky, you COULD find yourself some really good deals (ironically such really good deals are also available at other places, such as Low Yat Plaza). Besides that, sellers are known to be generous only Sunday evening, which is around the final chapters of PC Fair. Quite often it’s about clearing stock, giving really low price for all things that “must go”.
While PC hardware prices are almost no different from that of what’s on sale at places like Low Yat Plaza, even when it’s off PC Fair season, it is quite common to come by great Notebook PC (a.k.a. Laptop) offers. You can keep an eye-out for such offers before PC Fair and even after PC fair. 🙂 Some companies start the promotion earlier, others extend it after PC Fair even. In some cases, the deal only comes during the 3 day PC Fair period. Just make sure you check everything in detail before committing to the deal, even regarding issues such as warranty, upgrades (present and future), services (whether any form of service is chargeable) and whatever else you can think of. Make sure things are stated CLEARLY too (yes, get them to write it down is good……. hey, this article is turning into a guide!)
Do I Visit PC Fair?
No, I don’t visit the PC Fair. I find it pointless unless I really wish to have a personal look at all the latest and greatest products on showcase or I wish to snap pictures of the event or promoter girls. 🙂 Even so, the thought of the amount of human traffic and the cost of getting there puts my thoughts off. I’d rather be doing my shopping with ease at other places.
Furthermore, I buy most of my stuff online these days. 🙂 Having them sent to me is way more convenient and cost effective compared to visiting fairs.
Should You Visit PC Fair?
Since PC Fair is held across the nation at varying location, it’s really up to you. On my side, the event is held at KLCC area which is pretty much a nightmare to reach and if I were to drive, the cost and time doesn’t justify any form of discount unless the discount is really something that no one can’t refuse. On the other hand, I did thought of visiting the PC Fair – not for the goods but just to do some photography practice. 🙂
I personally think that everyone should visit PC Fair at least once. To get the feel of what PC Fair is like and observe how are the price of goods compared to that of shops that are not participating in PC Fair.
So before you head off to your nearest PC Fair – remember to consider all other factors before making your way to any PC Fair because the goods you buy PLUS the other costs could actually translate to having an overall higher cost.