There exists a group of people who are suckers for punishment, insisting on squeezing with the mad crowd that gathers at Suntec City for Comex 2015.
We know you're not one of them. Because just by reading this, you're on your way to a more comfortable shopping experience at this year's gadget bargain fair. You want to game the system, snap all the awesome deals without feeling the pain of the crowded mess that is Comex 2015.
Want to survive the horde of fellow shoppers? Be armed with these practical advice to keep yourself sane when you're on your gadget shopping spree.
Also, check out our buying guide to make the best of your time at Comex.
For our readers, here's a bonus! If you're planning to purchase an IP camera, we've a special offer for you, courtesy of PROLiNK.
Know what you’re buying
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.
But, 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.
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 away. But do this only if you're not buying any bulky items.
Plan your route
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 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.
It’s not a fashion show. Don’t worry about looking good, just go with a comfortable pair of sneakers. Avoid sandals and slippers, 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.
Lastly, bring a sling bag along to dump all the promotional brochures and fliers in. Find a corner, peruse them while you read our buying guide before you make the decision.
Spare your kids the agony
Don't bring them along for the ride. 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 shop
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.