Went to the Teka Warehouse Sale held last weekend with my wife. Sky was cloudy, it was drizzling and it definitely was not the right frame of mind to be in to go for a sale knowing that chances are you’ll get soaked if the drizzle decides to go full out into one of our oh-so-famous-for-floods tropical storms. Umbrella’s aside, wet feet and squeaky slippers are definitely uncomfortable. Don’t you think so?
Anyway, managed to get the car parked relatively close-by to Teka’s warehouse and the weather also decided to ease off and let us mere mortals get about our business without feeling and looking like a soaked cat. Looks uncomfortable and definitely add to the pungent odor in the generally cramped spaces at warehouse sales.
First items that greeted us when we walked into Teka’s warehouse compound were actually some really nifty fridges. You know the ones… nice brushed aluminium finishings that give off that classy feel. But then i noticed the “SOLD” signs on quite a number of these fridges which made me think that’d i’d missed out on getting what i was after which was for kitchen cooking hobs and a ventilation hood to go along with it. Since i wasn’t really interested in getting a new fridge at this point in time (my spare room is starting to look like a mini hardware store), it didn’t really bother me that quite a number of fridges were sold.
One thing good about rain before heading to a warehouse sale is that there aren’t as many people as expected. “Thank God…” was not relishing an evening having to fight for space to move with aunties and uncles that seem to make a warehouse sale like a family outing at the park.
Walked past the fridges and headed straight to the back where i had glimpsed some ovens and cooking hobs. But honestly, the sight that greeted me was really… really… disappointing. Seriously, i mean warehouse sale aside, who the hell would pay hard earned cash after looking at a worn out (and in some cases, in-pieces) kitchen appliances.
I completely understand that a warehouse sale is where you get items for almost rock bottom prices but i did not expect to see items which looked like someone had thrown rocks at them. BAD SHOW TEKA!!! It completely put me off the idea of buying anything from this warehouse sale.
Boxes were strewn and stacked everywhere, well i don’t expect showroom conditions, but the least would be to put on display more presentable products. My wife felt exactly the way i did, from looking forward to finding a deal to being disappointed when we saw how items for sale were just left displayed in the sad condition they were in.
Yes… i’m a cheapo but can you blame me? Prices of essentials have gone up, and now electricity tariffs have been increased, these are the simple things that the average joe like us can do to make our ringgit stretch as much as possible.
Ain’t no way i’m parting with my hard earned cash for a product that has a display unit look like it was man-handled by a bunch of cows. Kinda makes me worried about the condition of the actual product that i would be taking home with me. Heck… i don’t want to buy something and keep it at home for the time being, only to find out later once it’s installed that its faulty, not working right, dented in an obvious place, bla… bla… blah… you get my drift.
It’s not all doom and gloom, did see some items which caught my attention but were not on my priority list. There was this Teka branded wine chiller that looked so enticing…. however the CFO said no (wife lar…) its not important. Which i agree, but yet i could see that chiller just sitting in my soon to be new kitchen area. Sigh…. guess it has to be some other time….
There were also some interesting taps, sinks and shower mixers on display on the right of the entrance had they had some nice looking taps. ALSO, not something i’m looking for since i’ve already bought taps and sinks at another sale 2 months back. All-in-all, not really a fruitful excursion. Didn’t find what i wanted and wasted time and petrol to get to Glenmarie. But thats the way it is with sales and warehouse sales in general, no? The thrill of finding a good deal and not having to pay full price for something. Well… i guess you just can’t win at everything.