So I happen to be down in HCMC and I happen to need to price some hardware - trying to see if I should pay the premium here or hand carry stuff back from the States. As an aside, it's gosh darn warm here in HCMC. The city is all strung up with lights (more on that later), but it's still too freakin' hot to fully get into the holiday spirit. I miss the Hanoi weather, and I never thought I would say that about Hanoi.
Anyhow, I dropped by the big local electronics store in D1, Nguyen Kim. Relatively impressive - not exactly like Best Buy, more like a Circuit City (oops, that place just went into bankruptcy..), but shockingly their computer department doesn't sell any sort of hubs or routers. Either that or I failed to communicate with the sales staff.
So I headed to the much ballyhooed FPT owned, Apple Authorized Reseller store. Got the address and phone number off the web and the local news accounts from earlier this year. And I walked.. and I walked.. and I can't find the place. Then I called. Both numbers, and no one answered. What the heck is up with that? Everyone and their mother has an iPhone down here in HCMC, yet the FPT Apple store can't keep a location for 6 months? Or it moved and failed to forward the phone number? Short FPT stock already. Oh yeah, the Vietnam market doesn't allow shorting yet. Dangnabbit!