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Good value and decent selection to be found

Regulars continue to patronise the shops.

Mr Reg Wee is one of them.

The 47-year-old engineer has been going to Sim Lim Square for 20 years, and knows his favourite shops and the ones to steer clear of.

"I avoid the first storey generally, especially since I'm not in the market for the items they sell.

His usual haunts are on the third to fifth storeys, which deal mainly in computer accessories, parts and computer repair.

"There is good value for money and a decent selection."

He adds: "It's a one-stop shop, If one shop doesn't have the product I am looking for, they can ask neighbouring shops. If you are smart, you can get a good deal."

WHAT'S ON THE MARKET

For Mr Wee, going to Sim Lim Square also gives him an idea of what gadgets are currently on the market, and he also finds other gadgets that appeal to his engineering curiosity.

"I bought an LED lamp that was DC-powered, so seeing it being sold tells me what has become mainstream."

For Mr Wee, some of the best deals he has found in Sim Lim Square include computer accessories like thumb drives, found on the fifth floor and computer repairs.

He says of the repair works done: "It may be more costly than doing it yourself, but it is worth it."

His advice is simple.

"You have to be street-smart. Find out what is the market price. If the price is too high or too low, there is something wrong.

"If it's too good to be true, it probably isn't true," he says with a laugh.