Attractive bundle offers at the first Abu Dhabi Electronics Shopper

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Can you imagine a deal where you spend Dh500 for a tablet and you get a three-day free stay at a three star hotel in one of 33 international destinations?

This and several other interesting deals are part of the promotions that are ongoing at the inaugural Abu Dhabi Electronics Shopper that started in the Adnec Exhibition Hall in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

While prices of almost all products were similar to rates in retail stores in UAE, the advantage for those visiting the Electronics Shopper is the bundle offers, mostly printers, storage units, tablets and mobile phones.

Some of the best offers were on laptops and cameras. For example, a Lenovo Yoga 13 came with a bundle offer that included a printer, a tablet, a carry case and other accessories valued at almost Dh1,000 in total at Compu-me. Techlink was giving away an Acer E1-531 dual core laptop with 4GB ram for Dh1,599 along with a free 8-inch tablet.

At E-max, anyone purchasing a laptop or a desktop over Dh3000 would get a tablet, wireless mouse and headset and an AVG Antivirus free. HP was offering a scratch and win coupon for customers of laptops where they could win up to Dh5,000. Every scratch and win coupon had a prize.

Most sales staff at mobile counters said Samsung models is leading in the number of units sold. Sharaf DG is giving away a Nokia Asha 303 free along with the purchase of a Nokia N9 smartphone. E-max has reduced the price of a Nokia Lumia 920 from Dh2,499 by Dh200 and is giving away gifts worth Dh207 for customers who purchase any mobile phone more than Dh1,000 and gifts worth Dh326 for purchases more than Dh2,000.

The best deal on a camera was by Sharaf DG, where Canon EOS 1100D (a February 2011 model) supporting interchangeable lens, along with a EF 50mm and B75-300mm lens and other accessories such as memory cards, tripod, carry case and a wireless headset is selling for Dh2,799, a saving of Dh1827.

The number of visitors picked up as the day progressed but some were disappointed with the deals. “There is hardly any price reduction on any of the products. Instead, they are giving away some junk products as bundle offers. Now I am forced to carry a printer and a wireless headset although I don’t need one,” said Kadir Hussain.

The exhibition is spread over Hall 8 with the presence of half a dozen major retailers along with several other smaller electronic stores.

 “We are here on a trial basis. But the numbers on the first day was disappointing. We are hoping that there would be better numbers today,” said one of the store managers at a participating outlet.

 Another manager of an electronic products supplying company said, “I can understand that this is the first such event in Abu Dhabi. But these people have hardy done any promotions for the show. I spoke to so many people residing in Abu Dhabi who seem unaware about the event,” he said.

 The four-day event started on Thursday and is being held for the first time in Abu Dhabi. 

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