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CTC for Computer Peripheral Shopping | Hyderabad

A walk past the famed Paradise circle in Secunderabad into Parklane brings us to the de-facto personal computer and laptop accessories market, the Chenoy Trade Centre (or CTC as it is often referred to). This building was originally just like any regular commercial complex consisting mainly of clothing stores. Later in time it even became a residential complex. But soon it was back to what it started with – a commercial hub.

What can you look for
 
This centre houses all computer peripherals that you can think of. No wonder then that it is even compared with the Lamington Road in Mumbai or Nehru Place in Delhi. The CTC has a poor cousin in the form of a few stores at the Gujarati Galli in Koti. But then nothing compares to this in the city.
 
The market started with sales only in hardware and assembled computers. Later on it even became the hub of pirated software till the dealers became authorised resellers. Now the complex is a one-stop-shop for new purchases, maintenance and repairs. In fact, if you don’t find a computer-related accessory at CTC, it probably is not available anywhere else in the city.
 
MetroMela’s Tips
  • Most of the stores offer fair prices but bargaining is not a bad idea.
  • For software, buy from authorised dealers or buy hardware that comes bundled with software.
  • It is always good to plan a purchase and then visit this place. So do your research online or refer to any Indian computer magazine as dealer recommendations here are usually to push products on which their commissions are higher.
  • The market is closed on public holidays and Sundays, so schedule your visits for weekdays only.
  • Hindi, Telugu and English work with equal effectiveness so language should not be a problem.
  • Parking space is quite difficult to find for cars so be prepared to park near Paradise and get ready for the walk.
  • Ask for home installations for new PC purchases. For upgrades take your PC along with you for the best service.
  • Though most dealers accept credit cards they charge 2.5 % extra.
  • For refilling printer cartridges ask for a test print.
  • Ask for warranty and guarantee details. 
 
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