Saying that it’s a flea market, I went there today nonetheless. And sure enough, it was 100% flea market as expected. There was nothing innovative to see.
I wasn’t planning to go as I was expecting it to be like last year having to wait long lines and worst of all having to wait outdoors under the sun. This year, surprisingly, I did not have to wait at all and the queue was totally indoors in air-conditioned environments. I think from beginning of the queue to entering took less than 5 minutes. Very very surprised! Even when my wife meet up with me around 6pm, she didn’t have to wait in queues either!! Well done and a big kudos to the organizers!
To make a long story short, I noticed the following were somewhat cheaper than the computer centers (I went to SSP and WCCC yesterday):
— laptop computers
— LCD monitors
— LCDTV with built-in iDTV
Netbooks appear to be a hit as I noticed a lot of people walking out with at least one. However, I did not notice the prices were anything substantially cheaper than standard prices. Apart from the Acer 150 netbook which sold for $1998, all other brands and models appear normal. I was hoping to buy the new 900 gram Gigabyte netbook but the price appears to be more expensive than outside. The other Gigabyte Tablet Netbook with touch screen I was interested in, the price was same. Overall, netbooks….nothing to write home about.
As for the rest, I didn’t see any cheaper than normal prices. I was hoping they would sell 16Gb Class 6 MicroSDHC memory cards but they only offer the 16Gb Class 2 cards. A little too slow for my taste. Sandisk was selling 32Gb Class 10 SDHC but for a huge premium…$1800+. Normal Class 6 prices are around $800. That was out of my budget.
Anyways, I managed to buy the Topcon Pro ETOP22WTV+ 22″ LCDTV with built-in iDTV for $2299, about $400 cheaper than standard prices. I’ve been meaning to buy this model for months as its features are probably best of its class. Now, the price in addition totally stands apart from its competitors. A highly recommended buy.
The other thing I bought was the Noontec MovieHome V8 media player box. The V6 model was $200 cheaper than other retailers in the expo. The V8 model, which I bought comes with component output and supports adding a 3.5″ hard disk. No other retailers were selling this model (and I have never seen any store selling it outside of the expo)
Well, I guess this year the $20 entrance fee is finally worth the price!