[quote=“catfish13”]I hate shopping at Guanghua…they never seem to have anything I want/need in stock, and most of the merchants also try to peddle whatever else they have too much of.
“You want Windows Vista in English? Why? Buy Ca-P! It’s better and cheaper!”
“You want brand name memory? Why? Buy this, it’s so much better and cheaper!”
Plus everytime I pay for stuff with cash, they always have to do this exaggerated motion of holding up the bill in the light to make sure it’s real. Is counterfeit monopoly money really that big a problem in Taibeiguo? You can’t trust me enough to take a NT$500 bill? Should we start paying people with US dollars instead?[/quote]
it’s fun for going there on a saturday or something i guess but not when you actually want to get something and get out of there. the grey market phone/gadgets place just directly ahead of the escalator on the 2nd floor is cool tho for checking out the new, not-released-in-taiwan stuff, however.
the place opposite the farmers market from the actual building on the corner of bade and jianguo in the basement is pretty great tho for getting electronics bits and random small tools. it’s like digikey volume prices at quantity 1. built an IR pen for a wiimote-based digital whiteboard for something like $110NT total for all the stuff from parts from there, including the metal housing (re-used a little led hiking light they had on sale).