Stay clear of “blacklisted” shop and premise
There are increasingly number of game shops who blatantly exploit, scam and cheat ignorant customers. Moreover, they are resorting to unethical ways such as intimidation and hooligan behaviour to force sell item. Complaining them to police and CASE seems ineffective and frustrating. The only way to discourage such unwholesome business is to stop buying from those shops.
It is not surprising that these “blacklisted” shops only rely on one-time transaction and therefore will want to rip on new customer as much as possible by pricing the product far higher than market price and recommended them as “value for money”, knowing that the customer will never patronize the shop again. Usually, these shops are located in similar premise and exploit the assumption of the customer that strong competition will provide better “value for money”.
Nothing could be further from the truth as the so called “value for money” turn out nothing more than scam, mislead, misrepresentation and cheat. For these shops, the only excuse and right to prey on these customers is Caveat Emptor, that is buying with their eyes wide open. Moreover, due to their unethical business ethnic, some even resort to repackage repair set as new, missing warranty and items. Buying from these shops means that the customer is at mercy of their unscrupulous acts.
Hence, customers are better off staying away from “notorious” Sim Lim Square, Lucky Plaza and Peninsula Plaza when it comes to getting gaming console (and electronics). Every unethical successful sale they made in expense of customer only encourage them further and bolder. Refers to the post Avoid getting Gaming Console in Sim Lim Square (SLS) in Singapore
Buying from megastore
The foolproof way is get from big store like Court, Best, Harvey Norman. But take note that it is less flexible and may be hard to get “personalized” service from these mega store, and their gaming console, accessories and games are fixed price and generally priced higher than those you get from reputable specialised gaming shop.
For example, you would not be able to buy second hand game and sell your game, there will not be flexible pricing based on bundle, and they will not test software for software compatibility. In addition, the range of accessories and choice may be limited. In addition, you would not be able to get repair service that affordable and efficient.
Buying from reputable game shop
The smartest way to get a gaming console is to buy from your trusted source or reputable specialised shops with strong reputation for good service and value for money. They generally build their business through repeat customers, referrals, and words of mouth. They share common traits of been frank, honest, responsive, patient, excellent customer service, knowledgeable, strong company brand and reputation. In addition, the better one maintains online presence with price list so that one can make a better informed choice.
For those who want best value for money but have no idea where to get their game console from, I strongly recommended that they purchase from
These shops sell game console like PlayStation 3, PSP, Wii, accessories, games (original and second hand), repair console with good price (though I note that they do not hold Xbox console and game ?). In addition, some even attend the warranty by extra year for a paltry $10, which is a must-have insurance.
and are located near each other in the heart of Orchard Road (align at Orchard MRT station( so it is very convenient and therefore there is no reason why one should ever visit the “notorious” Lucky Plaza near CK Tang.
545 Orchard Road #05-07,
Above from http://www.qisahn.com/contact_us,
email at page http://www.qisahn.com/contact_us
Far East Shopping centre locates near Borders.
So here is the famous Qisahn.com shop which locates on the #05-07 of Far East Shopping Centre.
Just look at those queue in weekend which is testimony of how popular it is !
14, Far East Plaza
If having Qisahn.com is not enough, you can also visit funzsquare at Far East Plaza.
I doubt you can miss this shop since it has a “strategic” location.
Website of Funzsquare
Address : Blk 442 Clementi Ave 3
Online Sales Assistant
Above taken at http://gamewerks.com.sg/index.php?main_page=contact_us
email at page http://gamewerks.com.sg/index.php?main_page=contact_us
How about those who stay in the west ? Well, you have that located in Clement. Just align at Clement MRT station and walk towards the row of shops. Gamewerks is located precisely where the following spot where the arrow is pointing.
Website of GameWerks
You definitely can’t go wrong with any of the aforementioned gaming shops. Still it always pay to know the market price of the items you getting to get best value. Check their website and give a call to ask for availability and pricing because game console like PSP may be subjected to price change due to overwhelming popularity (eg Sony increases price based on demand and supply which game shop will increase accordingly).
So happy purchase for your next game console !