Month: August 2008

In defence of Sim Lim Square

Uploaded with plasq‘s Skitch! Geek Central isn’t so bad, at least not when I was there last week to get some stuff for my brother in law in China (because it’s worse over there – you can hardly get any non-pirated stuff for a reasonable retail price, apparently). At several shops on the fourth and fifth floors, I found sales staff to be polite and helpful to the point where, when they saw me to be on the verge of overspending on a particular product, asked what my (or my brother-in-law’s) purpose for the product was, and then recommended a cheaper alternative because what we intended to get was, in their opinion, a bit of an overkill. Of course, customers unaccustomed to Sim Lim Square Salesspeak might find the way they help you rude or intrusive, because the conversation went something like: Salesman: So you want to buy the Seagate Barracuda 1TB? Me: Yes. And an external combo casing – with firewire and USB. Salesman: Firewire and USB, can. Wait. You want to take this …