Why I shopped at Gitex
Gitex Shopper was perfectly tailored to make you spend money: it had fancy gizmos, dedicated sales teams, and a plethora of money-saving offers.
October 27, 2009 2:13 by Aarti Nagraj
I never wanted a laptop. With a PC in the office and one at home, I didn’t want to be anymore connected. But a few weeks ago, both my systems decide to have problems, and frustrated, I finally acknowledged the need for a laptop. And so my search began.
I had sort of decided on a Macbook from Apple last week, but its heavy price tag kept dissuading me. The saleswoman at one of the electronic stores I visited in the Mall of the Emirates calmly explained the features of a 13 inch Macbook Pro, but didn’t seem eager to sell it to me. The price was AED6,999, and they had no deals for it.
The hope for a good offer finally pushed me to visit the overcrowded Gitex Shopper at Airport Expo on Thursday. Somebody who had visited the exhibition recommended using the metro rather than take a car to avoid the traffic, but the journey was far from comfortable. It took me two hours to reach the exhibition from Dubai Media City, and by the time I squeezed my way into the actual hall, I was exhausted.
The crowd at Gitex Shopper almost convinced me that Dubai is on its way out of the financial crisis. While there were a lot of people randomly milling around, checking out gadgets and trying to win stuff, many people were also spending money. The sales staff at the counter was extremely enthusiastic – most of them young, good looking college kids earning AED60 per hour (by the end of Gitex, many of them made around AED5,000 each), and they looked quite busy.