Local technology vendors are gearing up to cash in on IT Month, an annual exposition which will open in Taipei on Saturday, as consumers hunt for year-end bargains.
IT Month is the year's largest annual expo in which consumers can buy the latest 3C (computers, communications and consumer electronics) products, with discounts expected as vendors intend to clear their inventories.
"We expect the show will benefit from the delayed purchase sentiment in the first half of the year," Enoch Du (杜全昌), secretary-general of the show organizer, Taipei Computer Association (台北市電腦公會), said at a press conference yesterday.
Affected by a sluggish economy and fewer new tech products, similar shows held earlier in the year did not fare too well, he said.
But consumers will loosen their purse strings for the year's end shopping, he said.
"There are a slew of new gadgets in the show to attract attention," Du said, adding that the evolution of the latest computer platforms -- such as the recently released Windows Vista operating system -- are expected to steal the spotlight.
The nine-day expo will run through Dec. 10 at the Taipei World Trade Center Hall I and III. The halls will be open from 10am to 6pm and admission will be free.
The scale of this year's event will be similar to last year's, with approximately 350 vendors occupying over 1,700 booths.
Aisles in Hall III will be widened to offer buyers a cozier ambience for their shopping experience, Du said.