Sim Lim Square is one of the few places specializing entirely in computer and electronic equipment. One of the oldest of its ... More
Sim Lim Square
Sim Lim Square is one of the few places specializing entirely in computer and electronic equipment. One of the oldest of its kind in Singapore, this shopping mall is teeming with rows and rows of shops dealing in transistor radios, tape decks, laser disc players and digital cameras. The stores on the upper floors provide good bargains on computers and CDs, attracting tourists and locals alike. Merchants here often undercut prices, but do take time to shop around, compare prices and haggle a little. Be sure to insist on detailed receipts and international guarantees.
Hwee Cheng and everyone else, I was conned at the same shop, #02-72 Square United Cam.
I saw your review too late.
I went there to buy a battery. The salesman Johnny, who was great at talking, physco me to buy a video recorder.
I have no intention to buy anything. They probably casted some kind of spell onto me.
He said they are having a one week renovation and the recorders are half price. The camcorder is Sanyo VPC-GH1. He said the price is S$1600 but now selling at $800. When I went home to check the price, it’s about S$550 at another Sim Square Shop.
In internet, it cost about S$400
Did you all manage to get your refund? I was thinking to go back there but I don’t think I can get the money back.
They look like very honest people but all of them are cheats. Probably today is their last day of operation.
They are the shame of Singaporeans. Tourist will not have any confidence with honest Sim Lim Square merchants
I got the same situation in chinatown peoples park complex, that was when i ask for the price for ipad 2, the salesman quote me sgd 490, seems a good price as any Apple dealer will sell at sgd 528, after made the payment, the salesman proceed to open the box checking items and issuing receipt, after that he ask for my IC says he need register for me and there will be a charge of another Sgd 80, i said that i can register myself, beside i have owned another ipad which i bought from Apple dealer, there is no such thing call register fees, he insist that he mus do the registeration or else he cant sell me the unit, he will charge sgd 30 for admin fees for cancellation, look at the situation and there are thugs on their side, i left no choice and have full refund net of Sgd 30. I really feels bad about it, how cant they do like this, how would they jus lives on by knowingly that they make a living by cheating innocent people money. They do not feel guilty at all? End up i buy from Apple exclusive dealer to save myself from any similar scam. After the incident, in my opinion if you wish to buy any branded electronic items, it would be wise to buy from exclusive dealer. When i was on the way out of the complex, i heard a commotion at one handphone stall between a few young mans in twenties presumably to be the salesman and a man who i guess a customer in his mid fifties, i stay a while to listen and the story was almost as identical as mine except this time not involving of registration fees but a warranty for the handset, arent warranty was given by the manufacturer?they saw the customer was old so they jus created some excuse to earn more money. What a sin.
sadly, i'm the latest victim of this conshop! went sim lim with the intention of buying a Canon S100 and i chanced upon this shop where the salesman (Johnny i think) quoted me S$550 (incl. of GST) for the cam.. i wanted to buy it and he went to "call his colleague" in another store to get one for me (which now i think back, could just be for show).. over the phone, he mentioned that his colleague was having lunch n he told the colleague to bring it over when he was done and he'd talk to me while waiting.. so while "waiting", he started to sell me another camera.. the Pentax Optio RZ18.. i never heard of the camera before but was wow-ed over by the gd quality photos it cld take.. and i really tot i was getting a good offer cuz the specs was much better than the S100 and the pic quality was v good, as compared to the S100..
he quoted me $680 at first and then self-lowered it to $550... i tried to google the avg price the pdt cost online on the spot (with my phone) and he kept trying to distract me from doing so.. he kept asking what i'm doing and talking even though i told him many times to give me a few mins to do my research as i'm not comfortable buying things i nv do research on first.. but he still kept talking.. which now i know why he did that..
so i ended up buying the cam cuz of the supposed discounted price and better specs.. but i still din feel comfortable so i went home to do some online research. I found tt on ebay the selling price was arnd SGD 300-400 (incl. shipping cost) and on the pentax website it was selling for SGD 320 (excl. shipping)! i even called another retailer in singapore and they quoted me SGD 220!
so i went back on the same day to exchange the camera for the S100 since i haven used it and the price quoted was the same. When i went there, the salesman was talking to another customer, and i overheard the conversation and it seemed like the customer was also trying to get an exchange.. when it was my turn, i asked for an exchange and he told me No outrightly, pointing to the invoice saying there is no returns (which actually, returns is not the same as exchange i feel).. so i tried reasoning to him that we did not even use the cam and went back the same day.. after a while he said he cld exchange for me but we need to top up the difference.. and he started to sell me a more expensive camera! i said i only wanted the S100 and he said no more stock.. Told him there was still stock when i wanted to buy (2-3hrs ago) and he said he sold it already.. I totally don't believe him.. I said i wld wait for stock to come in and he said ok, but he cannot guarantee the same price and told me to be prepared to pay S$699, the retail price at the latest IT show! I got really pissed as i knew at tt point tt his aim was just to con me to buy the pentax and earn a much higher profit and never had any intention of selling me the S100 at S$550.. so i stormed out of the store..
PLS warn everyone you know of this con shop! I really hope no one else will get conned and that this store will close down soon!
Please don't shop at sim lim square to find so called "cheap deals". There has been countless cases of scams, so unless you have researched thoroughly on the particular product that you're buying, I'd strongly advise you to stay away from that place!
I've been conned there even though I'm a local. I bought my Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 plus there. I knew that the shops there can have very differing prices, so I went around to find one with the lowest price. I made sure I was careful before I made the decision to buy, because I knew that there has been many scam cases that happened there, so I asked if the price they quoted includes everything, warranty, all accessories in the package and tax. Well everything was ok at first,but after i paid for it, he brought the phone to the counter at the back to do setups. He then told me that i needed to buy a memory card to increase the speed of the processor. I knew the phone came with 16GB of internal memory, but he said no, the programming and all will be under the external memory. After i bought the memory card and the guy did whatever programming that he claimed to do, he told me the total for the setups and programming will be 300 SGD (I can't rmb the exact amt that he quoted) on top of the 640 SGD that i have already paid for the phone itself. I was really angry cause he didn't tell me that he was going to do all those programming and that I'll have to pay some more. He also claimed that I wouldn't be able to access the internet if he did do the setups for me. I refused to pay that extra 300 bucks and in the end haggled it down to 200. When I went home and was trying out the phone functions, I came across the storage space section and realised that the memory space on the external memory card is not used up at all!!
I felt so stupid for getting SCAMMED OF 200 BUCKS FOR NOTHING.
So please, let my experience be a warning for potential customers of sim lim square.
1) Don't take your eyes off the product after you pay for it.
2) Ask the salesperson what they are doing to the gadget if they claim to be programming it. And if possible, ask to watch the programming process.
3) These advices are made on the basis of you having done some research on the product, be it about the price, accessories that comes as a package and the technical features of the product itself.
What a horrible place - Sim Lim and equally con shop - United Square Cam, they are very charming with great selling skills. they sold me sanyo xcati cg11 for SGD 600 which is worth SGD 200!!! i was very angry. they will tell you its the latest and best camera around but it is actually two year old product. please please be aware and nerver shop at sim lim square and united square cam
Taken by Taxi driver to IT Digital Trading store.Took my 1yr old Canon Camera and $2000sg for a Sanyo Xacti VPC_CG10 which sells for around $400NZ.Insisted this was the latest technology and started off at $3000.The guy signed himself Steven and basicly helped himself to my money.
After 7weeks travelling around Europe without aworry I was scammed in Singapore and will definitely not return.Incidently this business was GST registered.
People watch out for Sim Lim. I had a similar experience with a salesman called Alex who cheated on me and made me buy a video camera Sanyo for a double market price. Asked me obviously when was I leaving Singapore, demonstrated how cool the camera was, didn't even hesitate a moment while informing about some international warranty, generally - impressive selling skills. His store is in the ground floor. If you need to buy some electronic devices first do some research on the REAL prices, and buy them in normal stores, I was mislead by the strong convinction that hey, it's singapore, everyone's honest in here, well stupid me, Alex is a cheater. Just wait until he shows you the postcards he gets from people thanking him for good shopping bla bla. I learned a lesson. DON'T GO SHOPPING TO SIM LIM!
This is a place where there are multiple floors of electronic goods. I wanted to purchase a HTC Hero for a friend of mine. I went shopping in this place as someone told me I could find electronic goods here.
I went to a mobile shop in this place and the guy sold me a phone claiming it is HTC Hero. The guy gave me a box and a receipt and assuming I have been given the product I asked for, I paid the money and walked out. When I went to my hotel and opened the box, I realized that the phone this guy had given is not the model I had asked for. It is a model that is about SGD 250 cheaper than HTC Hero. He had tricked me and packed a HTC Wildfire.
When I went back to the store next day, he acted as if this is the model he had sold me. When I asked about he price, he said I had agreed to pay SGD 250 more and I should not be making any complaints. Everyone in the store very well knew what they did to me becuase they were all laughing inside. I then remembered that the salesman had specifically asked me when I was leaving Singapore. I had told him that I was leaving the next day. It was not hard for me to connect the dots to figure out why he had asked me such a question.
I felt very cheated. I did not have time to explore what I could do as my flight was leaving in a couple of hours. I just took the phone with me, but making a very sure commitment to myself that I will never come back to shop at SIMLIM Square.
PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM THIS PLACE.
By Another Unhappy Customer - A lesson Learnt., 12/Dec/10
Stay away from #02-72 Sim Lim Square (- SQuare United Cam). Tell all your friends about this too. And do not even walk near to them, you will be hooked be them by their warmness on the surface, but behind their warm face, they were having a very bad intention to rid you off and upside down.
They introduce me the Sanyo CG-10 camcoder, they told me is latest model, and have warranty in my country, Penang Malaysia. I bought it for SGD 700.00. And assure me is the cheapest. I wasn't do my homework, because I am not intended to buy one. But I see it was fascinating gudget, so I bought it. And when I come back, I found out it was a year old product and almost face out. And now it only cost SGD 200.00. I was rid off SGD500. When I found out the truth, I was shock, not really angry, but rather admire his skill of sales. But I think they rid me off too much. So, I need to declare this to the world's tourist. Do not goto this shop or even walk near it. Kind of dangerous people and place. But I think their shop will be close down soon because, very soon, every people will know what they do and nobody dare to walk near. This is the power of internet. When I look for this shop in the web, I found out that many victim in the web, so I decided to add on my story. I ask all tourist that has the bad experience with this shop, please published in the web, let all people know about them. This shop is at Sim Lim Square, Singapore. Where this Square was known to have many IT product. Now, is no more bargin place. Is a place where wolves are waiting for victim to get hook.
Stay away from #02-72 Sim Lim Square (- SQuare United Cam). Tell all your friends about this too. Nothing but a bunch of Liars and Crooks.
Just talking about it makes me mad.
1. They sold you thing that are 4 months what they are actually worthed - in my case
2. They took out the parts and claimed they have put it in - you must check piece by piece what they claimed is there. Don't take your eyes off the goods.
3. On the next day when I went back to complain that they didn't put in the memory card which I have bought an extra piece (the extra piece was outside and there was nothing inside the camera), the Gangster surfaced and talked tough.
4. Take my advice - just go to Courts, Harvey Norman and check the price before going to Sim Lim. Better still, it's no point saving $50 dollars and arguing with the Johnny and the Gangster there later. You taxi fare and time and maybe heart ache is worth more than the savings - not that I am a fan of Courts or Harvey.
5. If the Singapore Tourism Board wants to interview me, I am more than pleased. These bad people give Singapore a bad name.
6. Maybe we don't teach Honesty is the Best Policy to them when they were young. I still believe in this - Honesty pays.
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