Survive the IT Show crowd with these essential tips

Don't get caught in the madness of the crowd, heed our advice and you'll live through the day to unbox your gadgets

Survive the IT Show crowd with these essential tips

The IT Show. Conveniently located at Suntec City. Great if you're working in the central area as you can hop in real quick to check out the deals. Bad for the avid gadget shopper's wallet though.

But the real challenge is to survive the horde of fellow shoppers over there. So we’ve decided to arm you with some practical advice, you know, to keep you sane while you're snapping up all the awesome deals.;

Know what you’re buying

If you intend to bring big items such as a 60in TV or home entertainment system home, drive. Don’t even think about lugging them onto the bus or train. Signing up for just a smartphone or broadband plan? Or is it just a portable hard disk drive you’re buying? Trust us, taking public transport is much easier.

Parking tips

If you're heading down on Thursday and Friday, good news - Suntec City’s parking charges start from S$2.20 for the first hour. And once it's after 5pm, S$2.20 per entry. Now if you're feeling a bit crazy and want to do this over the weekend, it's going to cost you S$1.10 per hour.

So plan your time wisely, buy whatever you need and get out ASAP.

Alternatively, more lots are available at nearby shopping mall Marina Square, which is a five-minute walk to the IT show. But do this only if you're not buying any bulky items. And in desperate times when there are no more lots in Suntec City, opt for this.

Plan your route

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Take a good look at the floor plan, identify where you can get that camera, smartphone or tablet and plan your route before heading down. Always start with the smallest item, and move on up to the final big item just before you leave.

Want to stay within your budget? Stay on the path, do not be lured by more bargains along the way and deviate from your planned route.

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Get comfortable

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It’s the IT Show, not a fashion show. Don’t worry about looking good, just go with a comfortable pair of sneakers. Sandals and slippers are a big no-no, unless you want your toes trampled on.

Wearing comfortable clothes is important, but choose those with sizeable pockets too. Thumb drives, microSD cards or even battery packs can be chucked in, leaving your hands free to fiddle with a few more gadgets.

Bring a sling bag along to dump all the promotional brochures and fliers in and peruse them later.

Don’t bring the kids along

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It’s noisy. It’s crowded. Your kids won't survive the crowd. They’ll fuss, they’ll cry and they won’t last an hour. And neither will you.

Eat before you head to the PC Show

It’s a jungle out there. Especially when queues at the food outlets become ridiculously long. Our advice - have a heavy brunch, shop till you’re hungry, then leave a few hours before closing time to avoid the exiting crowd.

Divide and conquer

Gather like-minded friends and split yourselves across the halls on a quest to find the best bargains. Even the most eagle-eyed person will miss some deals, especially the hourly deals that are being announced at the booths.

Set up a group chat on WhatsApp, WeChat, Line or whatever messaging service you prefer. If you see a not-to-be-missed deal, be a good chap and send an alert to the group. Remember, sharing is caring.