The Melbourne Computer Swapmeet and Technology Market is a modern take on a traditional Farmer's Market, replacing the vendor's fresh produce with discounted technology wares. Every week the market plays host to a variety of local retailers, wholesaler and importers vying for your patronage. The market is somewhat nomadic with multiple locations open every weekend that then rotate on a monthly basis.
For instance the first weekend of each month the market is held at Bundoora's RMIT Netball and Sports Centre, Malvern Town Hall, Geelong Clearance Centre and the Bendigo Leisure Centre. There are additional locations throughout Melbourne such as North Melbourne, Ballarat, Shepparton, Springvale, Berwick, Werribee, Broadmeadows, Sunbury, Camberwell, Doncaster, Footscray, Moorabbin, Reservoir, Showgrounds, and Collingwood operational at some point during the month. Due to the market's vast popularity there are always new locations opening such as Braybrook's YMCA rec centre but venues are always subject to change, so be sure to check the homepage for monthly updates.
As its title suggests, the market provides consumers with a variety of vendors with specialised computer parts, accessories and just about anything technology. The market offers an impressive range of items such as fully built and operation computers, laptops, cases, monitors, input peripherals, wireless routers, printers, inks and toners, cables, adapters, MP3's and general miscellaneous accessories.
If you're looking for specialised upgrades, the vendors boast a wide variety of branded, state of the art components such as motherboards, CPU's, GPU's, RAM, internal or external HDD's and cooling units. For those unfamiliar with the technical jargon, most store vendors are always happy to lend a hand to provide the best deal possible.
For the avid gamer, there are stalls that repair and upgrade all consoles needs for your Xbox, Playstation, Wii, DS and PSP. Without a doubt, any of your technology hardware of software needs can be easily be met by one or multiple dealers. For absolute assurance of any purchase or product you might have, there is a free onsite testing service courtesy of the I.T Mechanics of Campberfield.
Item prices may not be adequately labelled, but the larger stalls offer print outs of their merchandise, so my advice would always be to peruse each of the vendor's wares for the best deal. Assuredly the prices are generally low but for the bold and price sensitive, I'd suggest taking a crack at haggling lowest agreeable price. If you'd like to know beforehand what the general prices that Computer Warehouse Wholesalers offer, there are a variety of resources such as the adverts in the Green Guide, Google or using a specialised technology search engine StaticIce to locate the best deals in the State. My favourite resource is the vast tech savvy community of the Whirlpool Forums who are very knowledgeable and always happy to lend a hand to any and all.
For the environmentally conscious, there is also a free E-Waste disposal service available to recycle all your outdated tech and electronics. It's the perfect excuse to dump your old components to replace or upgrade them at the market all while being Green. Regretfully monitors are the only restrictions of the service and cannot be disposed of onsite.
For traders, renting a market stall is a minimum $30.00 for 6 square foot with an option for additional space at $5.00 per square foot. This would be a perfect opportunity to potentially expose your business to hundreds of targeted consumers. Doors open from 10:00am to 4:00pm and entrance is $2.00 with a free copy of Techspace Magazine at the door.