PENANG: Microfair 2003 came to a close yesterday with more freebies and special offers thrown in by exhibitors at the Penang International Sports Arena (Pisa).
More visitors were seen carting away big boxes and bags of purchases yesterday compared to the earlier two days when many were still collecting and comparing product leaflets.
Canon Marketing (M) Sdn Bhd, the biggest exhibitor with 25 booths, received good response for its best-selling Canon Bubblejet printer I255, which was launched last month.
Its senior sales executive Johnny Tay said the printer was attractively priced at about RM200 each just for the fair and came with free ink, three reams of paper and a bag.
“We sold a few hundred printers throughout the fair and due to the Ramadan month, the crowd peaked especially between 2pm and 6pm,” he said.
At the Compusonic Computer Centre booth, free bags, notepads and pens were given away for purchases of Compaq laptops and PenPower writing tablets on the last day.
The company's executive director Lee Lye Soon said response was very good for the different models of the PenPower, with the most popular being the voice recognition model.
He said competition was tough but they managed to sell a good number of laptops.
Employees of Lam Loong Photo House Sdn Bhd were seen stacking up boxes of cordless kettles among their stock of Epson printers and digital cameras, and pasting up notices of their last-day offers.
Company director Yuong Yuet Goh said some of their products were already offered at special prices throughout the fair but the best had been reserved for the last day.
“We sold about 60 digital and video cameras on the first two days and did not announce our last-day offers until now,” she said.
Swisspac Resources Sdn Bhd technical manager Terry Shum said the prices of their computer speakers were already reduced for the fair while some models came with free headsets.
He said customers sometimes came together in droves, which gave the staff a hectic time entertaining enquiries and clinching sales.
The boxes of mineral water distributed by The Star to exhibitors came in handy to quench their thirst from all the sales talk.
Organised by The Star and Star In.Tech, Microfair featured some 70 IT companies taking up over 100 booths showcasing the latest products.
Banks, job recruitment agencies and institutions of higher learning also had a field day with enquiries at their booths.
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