Saturday, July 31, 2010

Cavalock and The iPad Screen Switcharoo

It's been almost a week since I got my iPad and it's everything I dreamt it would be. I'll gush bout it in another post. Meanwhile I been reading up on the iPad in the local forums. Seems like at least one shop at our infamous Sim Lim Square is known to be pulling this little iPad scam.

Here's how it works. Most of the time when someone buys an iPad, they'll head to Sim Lim Square for accessories like screen protectors and cases. The scam involves the iPad screen protectors.

After paying for your iPad screen protector, the shop would usually offer to immediately apply it to your iPad for free, on-the-spot. Once that's done, the shop will then 'throw' out the empty wrappers, packaging etc. and you'll leave the place thinking everything is fine.

What you don't know is that the shop would be keeping the empty packaging and 'recycling' it by slipping in another cheaper screen protector of a different brand. The reason they insist on putting the screen protector in the shop for you, is they don't want you taking eveything home and finding out that it ain't from the brand you bought.

So when you think you are paying for a S$40 anti-glare iPad screen protector, that could really be a simple S$20 clear sheet protector.

Well, it's not all that bad at Sim Lim, I managed to get this iPad case after a little bit of bargaining. It's thin and light so I can slip it in my backpack.

Comes in real handy at home when I need to look at two screens for work.

Ok, food time again! Just a little something I spotted Orchard Ion shopping mall. Foie Gras Xiao Long Bao! Now I don't mind trying that (definitely not going for the 'Cheesy' one). Hey, I did my homework on them ducks long ago and I know both sides of the story. So is this a 'WTF', 'Interesting' or even 'Yummy'?


Stargirl said...

i think black truffle xiaolongbao sounds even more unusual. (no way am i going for the cheese-filled one either!)

ice said...

Yeeps. So was yours a fake screen protector?

Where in Ion did you spot this XLB? I'm not a big fan of XLB though.

Cavalock said...

stargirl: oh yah, black truffle sounds interesting too. i wonder if they'll all be priced the same? doubt it...

ice: got my screen protector from epicentre, they r legit. the XLB is on the top floor of ION, same floor as the supermarket n Prologue bookshop.