Monday, February 20, 2006

SP Road - The Diagon Alley of Computing in Bangalore

I had been to Bangalore to attend a function of my cousin's. That gave me an opportunity to visit SP Road, the Diagon Alley equivalent (of Harry Potter's fame) for computers and computer accessories in Bangalore. The street never ceases to astonish me even after having visited it umpteen times. There is a certain magic, a certain vibrancy about it that keeps any gadget lover well entangled in its wonders.

Shops with electronic gadgets, computers, accessories are lined up on both sides of the 200 metre long street. No shop is more than a few 6x6 meters in dimensions. Yet the kind of gadgets they showcase make the geek in you smack his lips in anticipation. The latest gadget in the US or Singapore or Europe is available the next day in this market. And at very very competitive rates. Be it the 1 GB IPod, the latest Sony PlayStation or that snazzy iRiver MP3 player.

There are however certain rules as you shop in this street.

1. Even if you have only two items on your shopping list, do not buy them at the same store.

2. Always make it a point to enquire if there is a cheaper model that he can offer.

3. Enquire the rates of items at 6 shops and purchase the item in the 7th shop.

I wanted to purchase laptop cooler pad. I asked for one. He showed me an imported branded one that threatened to lighten my purse by Rs. 1500. I opted for Rule 2. Promptly he showed me a Desi version that was identical in design to the branded one. "How much for this one?". "Rs 700, Sir". My jaw dropped !!! I just paid him 700 bucks and got away with it.

I got home and rang up my cousin who is a techno freak just as me. I told him with all the excitement I could muster about the miracle deal I had just pulled off. I told him how I had enquired at 5 shops and at the 6th one, the second from the start of the street to the left, I had bagged this deal. He calmly shot back. "I bought the same laptop cooler last week from the shop right across the street to yours and paid just Rs 600 for it. Didn't you enquire there ?". My high flying deal had just crash landed.

I promptly added Rule 3.



8 comments:

Handbag Express said...
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Anonymous said...

Hey Vijay

Ur blog is cool - I like the 3 rules & i keep frequenting your blog for latest posts. Buddy plz post more - I am also a fan of SP road- looking forward to more posts.

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Vijay said...

Thanks for the comment. Seems like a nice little blog that you are starting.Good luck

Mahi P said...

I would like to get a good mp3 player..probably transcend t sonic 610...u seem to have good knowldge around bangalore market...
could u suggest me good shop where i can get this one....in SP road, as I am new in bangalore..plz give me some idea how to get there any landmark..

Vijay said...

Take any bus from Majestic or your place to City Market. Once, there, you can ask anybody for SP Road. It is very much walkable distance. There are lot of shops on the SP Road so you just go into any of them and start enquiring.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Other than computer accessories SP Road is also known for Hardware goods. Located pretty close to Avenue road and City market, this makes it a good shopping hub.

Most of the computer shops in the city buy from here, assemble and sell at higher price..

wealthyminds said...

Hi!

Nice Blog!

I will visit SP road this weekend to purchase a laptop cooler. Thanks for the info dude!

Ravi said...

Hi Vijay,

Good Article. I had similar experience of going to different shops until i get right price.

Thanks
Ravi

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