A popular chain that sells computers and peripherals.
I went to Challenger Simei recently (March 2009) to check on digital cameras too. The staff at the camera counter did not seem to know his products well & seemed reluctant to entertain me when I asked to see Nikon DSLR, which was out of stock. When I asked about the difference between two Canon SX200 IS, he gave me a "I think...." generous remark. I then asked if the particular model came with a pouch. He muttered a "wait" before walking away very quickly to the computer counter where his collegues were. I thought he was checking with his colleuges about my question so I waited for a while at the cam counter. When he was gone for quite a while, I turned around to look for him, only to find him chatting with a few other colleauges near the computer desk. He should have seen him looking his direction cos he was just about 4-5m away. However, they continued chatting & laughing away. Annoyed at the poor attitude, I turned & stepped out of the store. While I was glad I had a Challenger store near my home in Simei, I think I would rather buy my cam elsewhere.
Their prices were pretty expensive too. I'd bought my laptop & other stuffs from their branch in Tampines (when it was still there). That experience taught me that they were more concerned about making commission & selling off old stocks that will be outdated soon, than really recommending what is good for customers based on their needs. I advised you to consult you It-savvy friend than rely on their staff's knowledge. If you asked me, I would say that I had much better experiences shopping at Best Denki. That used to be one at Eastpoint too where I bought a couples of fan & other appliances & I thought their services much better.
I like challenger as i can always go back to the store with the receipt and goods for an exchange within 7 days.
I must say, yes the eastpoint branch is much smaller than the Funan branch. However, the major essential items are all still available at the Eastpoint branch.
An alternative to the Eastpoint branch will be the White Sands, with lesser TVs on display, more computer products.
I wouldn't say their price is the cheapest, since they do not offer inhouse credit cards like Best Denki (which still give you linkpoints on top) (although they have points reward system where the redemption products are not very fantastic at the lower points).
But I guess it is the creditability and the availability of products, as compared to those smaller stores.
I use to go to the Tampines branch before it closed and that has more things, including printers. The one now at Eastpoint has lesser of these PC related, but more of the TV monitors and the cameras).
But their software offers member's price, so still worth going.
Challenger is the proud grand daddy of all electronic hardware and software store in Singapore. They provide excellent sales service and the best price guarantee in Singapore. Just make sure you are a challenger member. Membership fees is only $30 for 2 years and it is totally worth it. The $2 carpark fees reimbursement for every $50 spent in challenger has already covered the membership fees I had paid for. All the other membership promos like discount are extra BONUS to me.! I had purchased all my IT stuffs from Challenger for the last 5 years and they had never failed me. Challenger at Eastpoint is a scaled down version of the larger mothership store at Challenger Funan.
Challenger is a popular chain with a few stores around Singapore. They sell computers, computer peripherals, mobile phones, televisions, etc.
Dropped by today to get a webcam for my sister. They have quite a selection there from those "branded" ones to the lesser known ones. Needless to say there's a range of prices to suit your budget.
I found what I needed then proceeded to look for Data transfer cables... I went over and saw a whole rack of it... I didn't see the kind that I needed and asked the salesperson about it. He then pointed to the same rack I had just walked from. He made no move to walk over and show me which one.
Thinking that I might have remembered wrongly, i just took one that said data transfer... and consulted him again (I walked over to where he was) then he said... 'ya ya this is the one." I explained my purpose to him again and he just nodded his head. Then I explained how I used to see that there was a box thingy... then he gave a puzzled expression, walked away without saying anything and consulted a lady nearby. The lady replied loudly, "no stock no stock"
I very nearly bought the wrong thing because he refused to listen properly and had poor product knowledge.
This outlet is not as well stocked as the rest as it's much smaller... it also seemed like it had more LCD TVs then computer stuff...
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