Lockdown creates demand for cheaper devices


Second-hand laptops are selling fast at computer shops in Johor Baru. — THOMAS YONG/The Star

Demand for second-hand laptops has been on the rise again even before the lockdown began on June 1.

Lau Cheong Seng, 24, who manages a store selling second-hand laptops and desktop computers, said sales increased by more than 30% in May compared to the month before.

“However, sales this time is not as high as during the movement control order at the beginning of the year. It is about half the sales we made between January and February.

“Second-hand laptops that are priced between RM500 and RM600 remain hot-selling items, although there is now a shortage of devices within that price range,” he added.

A director of the store, Alan Kwek, 37, said demand for second-hand laptops could increase after the two-week school holidays, which ended on Sunday.

“If schools remain closed and classes continue to be conducted online, there might be an increase in the number of people looking for second-hand laptops after the holidays,” he said.

Meanwhile, A. Tkhisenwararau, 27, who owns a shop selling new and second-hand tablets, mobile phones and laptops, said many people were downgrading their devices to cope with financial constraints.

“People are selling off their laptops and phones, replacing them with cheaper options.

“I started noticing my customers doing so about a week before Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

“Some have been selling off their laptops for some emergency cash after their work contracts were not extended while some experienced salary cuts,” he added.

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