Electronics fair's trade-in offer open to firms too

Visitors at the exhibition at the Suntec convention centre yesterday. A gadget trade-in initiative, a regular feature for visitors, has now been extended to corporate customers.
Visitors at the exhibition at the Suntec convention centre yesterday. A gadget trade-in initiative, a regular feature for visitors, has now been extended to corporate customers.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

Visitors at the Consumer Electronics Exhibition (CEE) can trade in old gadgets such as laptops in exchange for cash vouchers that can be used any time during the four-day exhibition that started yesterday.

The gadget trade-in initiative has been a regular feature for visitors, but it is now open to corporate customers as well.

"We know consumers are increasingly conscious about sustainability and this is a good way for us to help them manage their old gadgets," said Mr Eric Ng, business director of tech shows at Exhibits Inc, organiser of the exhibition.

"This year, we are extending the initiative to corporate customers, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, so that they can enjoy the cost savings too."

The event unveiled what electronics and furniture retailer Courts describes as Singapore's first air-conditioning subscription service. Subscribers pay a monthly fee of $29 to $99 over a minimum period of six years. The price is dependent on the number of units installed.

The subscription includes regular maintenance and cleaning, unlimited service calls for any issue and complimentary replacement if the air-conditioning unit breaks down completely.

CEE, now in its fourth year, is being held at the Suntec convention centre. There are deals galore at the 200 or so booths, with offers on items ranging from television monitors to mobile phone plans. The participating brands include Aftershock, Creative and Philips.

Gaming competitions will be held over the weekend. These include Singapore Robo Fight 2019, where competitors use smartphones to navigate miniature battle robots through obstacles and destroy opponents.

Besides cash prizes, the top two competitors will represent Singapore at the World Cyber Games in Xi'an, China, later this year.

There were already plenty of visitors waiting when the doors to CEE opened yesterday morning.

Mr Khairin Amirullah, 21, one of the visitors, said: "I came to CEE in the hope of finding a suitable laptop that I will be able to use throughout my time in university. I have found a relatively good deal for an Asus laptop and may purchase it."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 24, 2019, with the headline 'Electronics fair's trade-in offer open to firms too'. Print Edition | Subscribe