Good interior design and renovation need not be expensive
When things are so expensive in Singapore, what else can we do? Ans: Look outside Singapore, and I don’t just mean Malaysia. We were shopping for a ceiling fan for our living room but the usual Fanco types of fan just do not appeal to me. Did some online research and found this Artemis model by Minka Aire, a household name in the US. Cost about US$600 on Amazon US, which is almost double of any Fanco model but I loved the aerodynamically designed Artemis which promises to generate better air circulation than most fan models using less electricity. The Minka Aire website listed two distributors in Asia, El:Ar and Beacon International, both in HK. So I made a phone call to El:Ar. Excellent service – said they can deliver it to the hotel where my hubby will be checking in to this week, but I have to make payment via wire transfer. Their website is not set up to take online payment at the moment (what a pity). I asked for a discount (gotta be thick-skinned about it!!!!). The customer service followed up immediately with an email, giving me 15% discount off retail price for the Artemis and 10% off the remote control.
The second distributor, Beacon, does not do retail, but they referred me to their Singapore partner Elmark – now, here’s where I start to rant. I didn’t buy from them (not even going to its showroom) because:
1) They are quoting me at least 30% more than what El:Ar in HK is quoting me. For the Artemis Distressed Koa model, Elmark is pricing it at $970 (including the remote control) + $50 for delivery and installation + 7% GST. That’s easily $300 more than what I would have paid in Hong Kong.
2) The service sucks big time. When I asked for discount, they gave me a reply to the sounds of “if you can afford to buy a designer fan why are you still asking for discount…”. Too bad for them they have just lost a valuable customer.
3) I suspect their goods are not authentic, could be replicas or parallel imports. If they are the official dealers, their names would have popped up on Minka Aire’s list of dealers. Also, they use stock photos on their website. If they are the authorised dealers they should have product photos from the original manufacturers. What sloppy work!!!
So, buyers beware of this dubious shop.
If you are interested in other Minka Aire fan models, you can check out this site. According to their review, the Artemis has above average ratings compared to most normal ceiling fans (I guess that includes Fanco). I’m so totally sold!!!! If you are intending to buy from US, I’ll caution you on that as the US has a different voltage standard from Singapore.
Now I can’t wait to have this fan installed in our living room! I’ll be sure to post lots of photos!