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
As I was trying to make up my mind about whether I was ready to shell out AED8,500, I walked into a stand selling Dell laptops. Showing one of the company’s latest models, Inspiron 11z, the sales girl told me that they were selling like hot cakes. She didn’t have the exact numbers, but said that they had sold around 40 pieces that day, and suspected that the model on display was the last one they had.
Another stand nearby selling Sony Vaios also seemed to be doing well; the salespeople kept advertising that the models would have the new Windows 7 operating system, and the laptops on display were constantly changing hands.
Although I delayed my decision for a long time, the exhibition atmosphere seemed extremely conducive to buying; most people were carrying huge bags, and the whole place gave you the feeling that you can’t get better deals elsewhere.
So, after spending three hours in a loud, packed exhibition hall, I retraced my steps to the Jumbo stall, where after rejecting the printer and bargaining with the sales guy vigorously, I finally bought a Macbook Pro for AED8,374. They had run out of the Parallel software, so instead gave me a Fujitsu carry case along with a mouse and a headset.