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
Most of the stalls were full, and those promising free gifts were packed beyond capacity. It was difficult to even move in many places and I really pitied the tiny children who were being dragged along with their families across the venue.
Having wandered around a bit, I entered the Jumbo stall, and checked out the Macbook Pro. While the 13 inch laptop came at the same price, the 15 inch laptop with the 2.53 GHZ configuration cost AED8,499. There was no price reduction, but they were offering an HP color printer; a copy of Parallel – a software that allows you to jump between windows and Mac operating systems; a two-year warranty-one international, and one local; and a number of accessories. The salesman insisted that it was the best deal that I could get, and I was starting to believe him.
After promising to return, I went hopping to other stalls, looking for some better bundle offers. Sadly, i2 was the only other exhibitor offering the Macbook Pro (even big names like Jacky’s, Sharaf DG didn’t have it) and the offer there included a Digital photo frame, and some smaller accessories. The stall did not have the 15 inch Macbook Pro with the 2.53 GHZ configuration, and the young sales guy there seemed uncertain if they would get it.