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By Request: Canberra Computer Fair tips

By Maelinar 6 February 2006 42

I’ve been to the lot, from that event place in Canberra through to Phillip, those barely disguised same sellers selling the same stuff week after week, the Computer Fair.

We’ve already heard the great idea to get a business card when purchasing items, but here’s a couple of other tips to survive the computer fair:

1. Bad Smells. Computer sloths who have garnered the courage to exit the stench-pit they exist in to check out the computer fair instead of waiting for the new MX-5,000 GELabs-8 Force XL whateverboard to win on ebay, have a lot on their minds. Showering and bathing is a long way down that list. Be prepared to stand next to mr stinky-poo to ask about the price of the new MX-5,000 GELabs-8 Force XL whateverboard, because that’s where he will be. Holding your breath won’t work either, I’ve tried.

2. Polite Society. Forget any rules regarding standing in line, being polite, civil, love thy fellow man etcetera when at the Computer Fair. I’ve been standing in line to be pushed in front of by old, young, fat, skinny, they’re all the same. Nobody has any manners there, and the vendors don’t respect your polite behaviour. If somebody pushes in front of you, either get in first with your shoulder in front, or ahem loudly to encourage them to rectify their bad behaviour. From past experience, ahem’ing loudly doesn’t work either, and you have to resort to verbal communications such as ‘Excuse me, I was waiting here, patiently I might add, before you jumped in front of me’, or if you’re like me, you’ll do nasty farts and move away, placing blame as you go.

3. Know your product. I sold all my shit at the Jamison Markets, the computer guys sell all their shit at the Computer Fair. Get their cards, get their gurantee that the item is in full perfect working order, and feel happy that you have gotten a bargain. It may also pay to go on consecutive weekends, taking note of the prices to compare them on ebay or other estores. Be mentally prepared to walk away from the item, if it’s that essential, you shouldn’t be buying it from the Computer Fair in the first place, go to Harvey Norman and pay top dollar, cause you can take your item straight back to them if it fails, and they’re more likely to accept the return (they don’t want bad publicity).

4. Know what you want. It’s nice to browse – in Civic. Browsing at the Computer Fair is like waiting next to a stinky computer sloth as he asks for the technical tabulated data on a new MX-5,000 GELabs-8 Force XL whateverboard. That is what you will be doing, go there and do it, then get out as soon as you can. Before you walk in, you should know the specs of what you want, and it’s compatibility with what you already have in your pc.

5. There is no 5, but OMG this list sounds soooo much like those prescriptive ‘how to do those simplest of things’ lists that I hear Cochie and the Sunrise crew, TT and Ray crew going on about all the time, I had to liven it up by adding a joke at the end. I’m sure it’s what they would do…

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Overheard 9:54 am 12 Sep 08

Oh, you two. Keep this up and we’ll have to get you both to take a cold water pipe burst fountain.

Thumper 9:50 am 12 Sep 08

Damn, you can’t take him anywhere…. 😉

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