Singapore is a good place to buy electronics at reasonable prices, and the newest technologies in camera equipment, cellular communications, TVs, and stereos are readily available. Singaporeans take great pride also in their personal electronic devices, and many promotions are tied to new TVs, sound systems, and camera equipment. While one can bargain with salespeople at the independent stores, chain operators offer set pricing.
- Funan IT Mall: The ultimate place for the tech-savvy gadget lover. Housing over 6 levels of shops selling technology hardware and software, it is the IT capital of Singapore. Featuring brands like Apple, Challenger, Sony and a host of smaller shops, you can find almost everything there, from digital cameras and game consoles to computers and TVs.
- Sim Lim Square: This is the bustling, low-cost counterpart of Funan. Also selling digital goods, it was once the pirate’s cove, with a whole range of pirated products including games and game consoles. However, since the police made concerted efforts to clean up the place, few pirates remain, leaving numerous small dealers here with mostly genuine goods. However, scams and poor quality goods still haunt this place and locals are wary of fulfilling their digital needs here. A low priced gadget ‘on promotion’ here is always regarded with skepticism. Located between Little India and Bugis MRT stations, one can also easily take a taxi.
- PariSilk: A favorite for low-cost computer, camera, and other electronic goods, its main expat location is on Lorong Liput behind Holland Village.
- Courts: Singapore’s most popular chain of electronics shops offering every kind of electronic product. Island-wide locations at Tampines, Vivocity, Ang Mo Kio, Bukit Timah, Choa Chu Kang, Funan, Jurong, Tampines, Toa Payoh, and Woodlands. A new store is due to open on Orchard Road, near Somerset station in July 2010.
- Harvey Norman: Another large chain of comprehensive electronics shops, with island-wide locations and frequent promotions.
- Homefix: A chain of general DIY stores that sell a good selection of hardware.