BB1M 2014: Where Should You Use It?


*Last updated: 18th July 2014

Update (29/4/2014): Bad, bad news! According to an Education Ministry statement today, BB1M vouchers cannot be used on other items other than academic books, journals and magazines from 1st May 2014 (source: link). I will check and update if any of the vendors changed their promotion or rules! 

Update (4/5/2014): I know a lot of people are concerned whether their vouchers can be used to purchase non-academic books. Based on the information that I've gathered, the major bookstores replied my FB message saying that they will comply with the guidelines. HOWEVER, based on the feedback that I've gotten from various people, they mentioned that these bookstores do allow the purchase of fiction and non-fiction books, as long as they are books (not magazines though). Other non-book items such as stationery will no longer be allowed to be purchase with the BB1M voucher. 

Update (8/5/2014): Those of you who want to buy IT (harddisk/speakers/powerbanks/mouse) can use them at Pustaka Rakyat outlets (they do not follow the guideline). Do bring along your IC as they will photostat your IC, part of the deal to use the BB1M. Credits to Ubaied for this information!

I made a similar blogpost last year (here) and it looks like a lot of people found the post to be helpful so I'm going to do another post this year :D

IMPORTANT: As this post is getting longer, to make it less cluttered, I have hid the info into spoilers. For more information on the relevant bookstores/merchants, please click on the button to show more information. Thanks!

For those of you who wants to know where to purchase hard disk, please scroll down towards the end of this post. Thanks!


1. Popular Book Co: 



Source: (link)



Goodies: 
Spend RM250 = Free RM50 gift voucher + Popular Card
Spend RM150 = Free RM10 gift voucher + Popular Card

Similar to last year, Popular is following MOE's guideline where the BB1M can be used to purchase academic books, journals and educational magazines. Only 20% of the ratio of total voucher can be used on notebooks and other stationery items.

There's not much difference with last year's promotion except that Popular is offering 200 prizes worth RM70,000 (which is RM10,000 more than last year). 




2. MPH Bookstores/MPH Click aka MPHOnline


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MPH has come up with a new promotion! Spend RM50 BB1M vouchers at any MPH bookstores or mphonline.com and receive this thing called "red books of offers" which contains vouchers. I reckon it's something like Worthy Book. Plus redemption of Uber Chic Totebag




3. BIG BAD WOLF BOOK/BOX SALE @ PENANG AND MIECC (ENDED)



4. Times Bookstores Malaysia

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Goodies:
Spend RM150 and receive 2 x RM10 gift voucher
Spend RM250 and receive 5 x RM10 gift voucher

Comment: Spend your voucher on a minimum of one book and then you can get anything else as you wish :)




5. BookXcess


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No promotion for BookXcess except the fact you get almost 25-75% discounts on all books. If I did not mistaken, I think if you spend RM200 worth of BB1M, you'll get the free BookXcess membership card. 




6. Putrajaya International Book Fair 2014  (ENDED)


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In conjunction of the Putrajaya International Book Fair 2014, you can use your BB1M vouchers there. Spend a minimum of RM150 and receive a free "red book of offers" since MPH is one of the partners that is organizing the event. So you can use the vouchers on-ground and take advantage of the promo at the event.




7. Borders Malaysia



Source: (link)


Goodies:
Spend RM150: Get earphone, 2-year BRC-BCard membership, BCard voucher pack worth RM1000
Spend RM250: Get pocket power bank, 2-year BRC BRC-BCard membership, Mini notebook, BCard voucher pack worth RM1000

Comment: Not sure how good are the earphone & pocket power bank but I will usually avoid this. I really dislike the Bcard voucher pack that is said to have worth of "RM1000" because it's really misleading. There are a lot of T&C that are attached to the vouchers -.-' 

IMPORTANT: Borders is no longer accepting BB1M for Radioshack items (thanks Wayne Lee for the information!)





8. PTS Media Group


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Spend RM150 BB1M vouchers with PTS and stand a chance to win an iPad Mini (monthly grand prize) or books worth RM50 (3 winners monthly). For more info and T&C refer here (link)





9. MYDIN (thanks Viven for the info!)


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Yes! OMG! You can use your BB1M at MYDIN, the hypermarket looool. You can use your BB1M to buy books, journal and stationeries. There's some terms and conditions though.




10. Champfactor





Get a 1-year subscription (worth RM5000) using RM150 of BB1M vouchers and get access to over 50 digital magazines, updated every month. Get the full list of magazines available (here)


There are also cash vouchers worth RM500 (complimentary for those who sign up). 


11. PC Image


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Places to purchase harddisk:
1. Monaliza Mastura @ KB Mall, Kota Bharu, Kelantan - (link)
2. The 1991 Shopz - (link) *I do not recommend this, OVERPRICED and no physical store whatsoever, everything is done online*


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Frankly speaking, this year there seems to be lack of creativity in offering good promotions for students to spend on BB1M. I'm kind of disappointed. :(

Do leave a comment if you have any questions/if I missed out any promo and you would like to share with others - I'll add those info to the blogpost and credit to you =)

I'll update soon if I find out anymore promotions. Keep checking! :) 


108 comments:

  1. BB1M is RM250 this year; but the date is ambiguous (dependent of the university). Hmmm. But the school and retailers are slow to warm up for this, I wonder why.

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  2. Borders are no longer accepting BB1M for RadioShack items, at least for The Gardens outlet.
    RM50 on books, remaining strictly for stationery for Borders Gardens.
    One book and others whatever you like for Borders Times Square.
    MPH Mid Valley 50-50 ratio for books and other items besides gadgets.
    Kinokuniya same old same old, 80% books 20% stationery.

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    1. Hello! Thanks for sharing these info :) included some of them in the blogpost and credited to you :D

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    2. but wonder why every MPH outlets are different rules?how about the curve MPH?
      anyway, thanks so much for your information bz have make me convenient by no need search for 1by1 outlets!<3<3

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  4. thanks so much for your information!<3<3

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  5. Ruxyn, I think we can use it in the Mydin Supermarket as well. Lol

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  6. is kinokuniya not applicable anymore ? :(

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    1. Hey, here's what I found out from Kinokuniya:
      1. You can use BB1M voucher at Kinokuniya and you're entitled to get an extra 10% discount if you're member.
      2. You can purchase manga/comics/magazines/stationery but it shall be limited to below 20% of the value of BB1M you use. You MUST buy other books in order to buy manga. There are some anime novels that are considered as "book" and can be bought with BB1M as well. Best to call up their customer service - 2164-8133 (Ext:160/161) - for more info. Hope this helps =)

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  7. can i purchase a hard disk at lowyat using this BB1M?

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  8. can i purchase a hard disk at lowyat using this BB1M?

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    1. Hi! I'm not sure if lowyat accepts BB1M.. I'll need to check around and will update when I have the info :)

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  9. How about radioshack curve ? Anyone went there yet ?

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  10. How about radioshack in borders curve ? Can use ?

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    1. Hello. I believe that Borders no longer accepts BB1M for radioshack purchases =)

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  11. hai there i want to purchase a harddisk using brim ...any suggestion where i can get it

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    1. Hi, for now, I only know those merchants in IT fairs that are held in universities will usually accept BB1M for the purchase of harddisk/pendrive etc. However, these items are usually sold at marked up price. Currently, I only know a store in KB Mall is accepting BB1M voucher for IT stuffs as well. Hope this helps =)

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  12. is it true that rules fpr borders ts only need to buy a book and others stationery.

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  13. I wish to ask whether the rules on ts borders that only need to buy one book and remaining can be use to buy stationery

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    1. Hi :) I need to double check..if it's the same as last year, then yes, just need to buy one book and remaining can be used to buy stationery :)

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    2. Yes. Last I checked Borders ts follows last year's rules(1 book others anything).

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    3. Do MPH same as last year? Buy only one book and the remaining can be used to buy stationery or computer accessory?

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  14. cn i knw where cn use the voucher for buying apple stuff and other electronic stuff???

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  15. can i knw wher can use the voucher for buying stuff like apple n eletronic gadgets??

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    1. hi, where are you from? i know a few places that accepts BB1M voucher but it's mostly in sarawak lol..maybe you try to source out those independent tech store in lowyat or pc fairs in public unis

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    2. 1. Any recommendation for Kuching besides MPH(Spring) & Popular(Boulevard)?

      (Preferably not to spend it on any books or stationary as all the learning material from my Uni are available online and mostly computerized and there are still left over stationeries from last year..)

      2. Does PCIMAGE Accept BB1M?
      (Pls recommend any other gadget company if you do know any)

      As I know, some companies do accept BB1M during PC fairs at Universities but the selections are very limited, more to printers, papers, external hard disc, thumb drives, memory card, microphones and headphones, which I believed majority of us already own a few things from the list. I was thinking of upgrading my Hard Disc as I needed more space to store program files on my lappy instead of carrying my external hdd around all the time, or upgrade my lappy's ram where it could really help me a lot in my daily study life as my coursework is highly depending on computer software. (mathematica, adobe photoshop, multisim, autocad, etc)

      *I do understand BB1M is for books (BUKU).. But in my situation(or even to some readers), students of Bachelor Of Engineering would hardly buy reference book, RM250 may not be even sufficient to buy an Engineering text book, and we would borrow the books from library(if we really need to) as we only focus a few chapters of the book. I am not trying to violate BB1M..

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    3. Hi Jason! No problem, I know plenty of people who are looking to spend their BB1M on gadgets and stuff because they have enough books/resources :)

      Yes, I've checked with several people on Twitter, PC Image (in Kuching) is accepting BB1M vouchers! I also found out that there's a store named SMART at Plaza Merdeka in Kuching that is accepting BB1M as well, and SMART has external HDD for sale there :)

      Hope this helps!

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  16. Hi..May I know if i want use my book voucher to buy the computer accessory instead of buying book either in MPH or Borders..Can it be?

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    1. Hello!

      For Borders, you must buy at least one book and then you can spend the remaining vouchers on other things.

      For MPH, I believe that they abide with the 80:20 ratio rules which means that 80% of the vouchers must be used to buy books and 20% on other things such as stationeries/accessories.

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  17. Hi, can i use the voucher to buy manga from borders or kinokuniya? or it only can be used for educational books? Thank you very much. great information btw. :D

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    1. Hi Naqib, you're welcome :)
      Anyway, here's what I found out:
      You can purchase manga/comics/magazines/stationery but it shall be limited to below 20% of the value of BB1M you use. You MUST buy other books in order to buy manga. There are some anime novels that are considered as "book" and can be bought with BB1M as well. Best to call up their customer service - 2164-8133 (Ext:160/161) - to clear any doubts. Hope this helps =)

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    2. And by the way, sorry I forgot to mention that the comment above applies for Kinokuniya.

      For Borders, I believe you can just buy any 1 book and the rest can be spent on manga/other accessories :)

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  18. Anyone know where can I use the voucher to get a Webcam in penang? Wanna get Logitech Webcam with the voucher.

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    1. Hi Daniel, I'm not so sure where to get webcam in Penang. If I found any info, I will let you know here. :)

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  20. Hi, we can buy anything at border timesquare as long as a book is purchased?

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    1. Hello =)
      Yes, based on the information received, you can buy anything else as long as your purchase at least one book from Borders. :)

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  21. Just want to ask for all the places u wrote, which place is still the ideal offer to go for? :)

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    1. Hi Tim,
      Good question you have there :P I think it boils down to what kind of things you want to buy with the voucher.

      For leisure-reading (English) books: I'd go with Big Bad Wolf/BookXcess coz the books are much cheaper compared to MPH/Borders etc. I've already spent RM100 with BBW myself :)

      As for most people, they don't want to buy books cause they already have enough or don't read, so they usually spend at Borders - buy 1 book and they can spend the remaining value on other stuffs, including board games! (my friend just got 3 board games from borders at the curve).

      Friends usually all RM250 at Popular cause they want to get stationeries (80:20 quota rule applies) and cause they will get Popular vouchers in return as well. Actually, there are independent stores that accept all RM250 for stationeries without quota but I just can't pinpoint which, as I don't have the details.

      Sorry for the lengthy reply :P But I hope it helps :)

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  22. thx it help :) i already have in mind which offer i will go for.

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  23. i want buy mouse using book voucher.....which place u recommend?...hihi

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    1. Heyy, where are you from? If you want to buy mouse maybe you can use it at those places like PC Image.. the universal place where you can get mouse I think will be Popular. They sell some mouse but I think it's a bit more expensive than usual.

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  24. So the PC image are only available in Miri huh?

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    1. Yeah..unfortunately most (all actually, lol) of their outlets is in Sarawak. :/

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  25. Hi, can we still buy novels and storybooks considering that a new rule has emerge that we only can buy academic books? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Yun Seong,

      Good question! I'm trying to check out and verify with the various vendors. Sit tight as I will update as soon as I have the info :)

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  26. did you know when is the popular book fair?? izit 26/7 ?? i can use the voucher on that fair? beside get the extra voucher?

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    1. Hi Sying, check out the link below for all the upcoming book fairs by Popular:
      http://www.popular.com.my/promotionlist.aspx

      As far as I know Popular usually accepts BB1M vouchers during their book fair. And you can also get the extra voucher as long as you spend RM250 = Free RM50 gift voucher + Popular Card; send RM150 = Free RM10 gift voucher + Popular Card

      Hope this helps :)

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  27. hi! is the book voucher still can be used in radioshack? thanks :)

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    1. Hi :) No, the book vouchers are no longer accepted by Borders to be used in Radioshack :(

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  28. Any place to buy external harddisk using these voucher in ipoh?

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    1. Hello, so sorry I don't have any info on this :(

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  29. hi ruxyn, for mph bookstore, 50 % out of the voucher can buy pendrive those things? or 20% (i mean last day : today)
    TQ

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    1. Hi Sandy! :)
      As I know, the same rule apply. 20% on other things besides books. Clear your voucher today! :/ I just cleared mine. :) Cheers!

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  30. Hi......I want to ask ,can I still buy stationary at boarder with buying one book???

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  31. Hi can I still buy the stationary at boarder times square with buying at least one book???

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    1. Hi, as far as I know - No, you can't buy stationery anymore with the BB1M voucher. Only books =)

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  32. Hello there! I was pretty disappointed with this new policy =( The BB1M vouchers are given to me after i've got all my academic books,so i planned to buy mangas instead.I sent an email to kinokuniya n sadly they told me they no longer accept bb1m vouchers for mangas n comics only.T.T So i was wondering,will BORDERS bookstore accept bb1m vouchers used on mangas?

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    1. Hello! Yeah I kinda hate the new policy too due to the restrictions.

      But anyway, here's what I know. These major bookstores will definitely reply that they will abide with the guidelines and such but the matter of fact is in practice, they don't really do :P Even before this policy was implemented, there was the 80:20 ratio guideline but most don't really follow the policy either.

      I heard from friends' experiences in the last few days that these major bookstores still ALLOW people to buy magazines/comics/other non-academic books but strictly no stationery although I also did ask them via FB and they said they are NOT accepting.

      Anyway, my suggestion is you should go try out and ask them if they accept the voucher at the bookstore outlet itself :) May be a bit of trouble, but no harm right? :) Cheers and all the best ya!

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  33. Hi.I was wondering is it possible to use BB1M vouchers to buy mangas in BORDERS bookstores? I wanted to buy @ kinokuniya buy when i asked them via email,they replied me n said bb1m is not allowed on mangas =(

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    1. Hi phantom lover! As per my reply to the anonymous above, here's what I know :)

      These major bookstores will definitely reply that they will abide with the guidelines and such but the matter of fact is in practice, they don't really do :P Even before this policy was implemented, there was the 80:20 ratio guideline but most don't really follow the policy either.

      I heard from friends' experiences in the last few days that these major bookstores still ALLOW people to buy magazines/comics/other non-academic books but strictly no stationery although I also did ask them via FB and they said they are NOT accepting.

      Anyway, my suggestion is you should go try out and ask them if they accept the voucher at the bookstore outlet itself :) May be a bit of trouble, but no harm right? :) Cheers and all the best ya!

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    2. O...ok i see.So I still have hope?=D thx!Actually both d anonymous n me r d same,i thought u could not receive my message so i resent it using my gmail account.Sorry for making u reply me twice X) N tqvm for ur help!Now i hope i can buy my mangas =)

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    3. Haha I thought so, no problem :) You're welcome and all the best :D Hope you could grab some of your fav mangas :)

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  35. If you guys wanna buy IT stuff like hardisk, speakers, powerbanks, mouse etc, go Pustaka Rakyat, they do not follow the government rules. Bring along your IC too as they will photostat as deal of the purchases * the photostat is free *

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    1. Hey thanks for the tip! :) I'll add this to the post and credit u :)

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    2. :). Oh same for stationery too *

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  36. this article really help me a lot, appreciate that :)

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  37. so now i only can use 100% of the voucher on academic books? at popular ? no more stationary ?

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  38. So now only can spend 100% on books ? even at Popular? no more stationary ?

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    1. Hi KK. Yes, based on the testimonies by others, can't buy stationery anymore from Popular. You can however try to visit Pustaka Rakyat outlets because they still accept BB1M vouchers for stationery and other stuffs besides books =)

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  39. Thank God i found your blog. Just now i use my BB1M at pustaka rakyat and they allowed me to buy ink printer.

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    1. :) That's great to hear! Glad you found the info you need here :D Cheers!

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  40. Thanks for all the information on this blog. I just used my vouchers at Borders (The Curve), they allowed the purchase of all types of books regardless of the type. Magazines and stationeries are strictly not allowed.

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  41. Hi, would like to check whether can it be used to buy calculator?

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    1. I think calculator is considered as a stationery. I suggest you go to Pustaka Rakyat outlets if you want to buy one =)

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  42. hi there. can i know are there any bookstore except Pustak Rakyat that still receive BB1M for the purchase of stationery? Chapter one ( the mines) or any others? Thanks.

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    1. Hi there. Apologies I don't have any info on this :( So far I only know Pustaka Rakyat still accept BB1M for the purchase of stationery. Not sure about others. Sorry ya!

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  43. Hi, may I know whether we can buy novels from kinokuniya or popular?

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    1. Hi, yes from what my friends told me, we are still able to buy novels from kinokuniya or popular =)

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  44. hello ruxyn, may i know where can i buy the hard disk and electronic gadget in penang? thank you! :)

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  45. hello ruxyn, may i know where can i buy the hard disk and electronic gadget in penang? thank you! :)

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    1. Hi Jessey!
      I saw someone posted about this shop in Bukit Mertajam named "Gigagrowth" that accepted BB1M for the purchase of harddisk & electronic stuffs. BUT! I'm not sure if they are still accepting the vouchers though. Maybe if you stay nearby you might want to check the place out =)

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  46. Hi, luckily i found this blog! Now i hv some ideas whr to use the book vouchers. Really thanks alot everyone for the infos =)

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    1. Hey, so happy to hear! Hope you spent your vouchers well ;)

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  47. Hi Ruxyn, Do you know within KL, Selangor, where can i use BB1M vouchers to buy Printer?

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    1. Hi Wei Hong,
      At the moment, I don't have much info on this. The usual places that students get printer are from those PC fairs (popular at public unis/big college like TARC). Not sure if they are any soon. But those printers by the vendors at PC fair are usually sold at a marked up price. Sorry that I can't help much!

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  48. hi, do you know is the Pustaka Rakyat still accepting BB1M for HDD? Which outlet preferred?

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    1. Hi, I think Pustaka Rakyat is still accepting BB1M, but I advise you to quickly use it before the end of the month :)
      There are 8 outlets if not mistaken, http://www.pustakarakyat.com/ anyone nearest to you should be okay cause I think it applies to all outlets :)

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  49. Hi may i knw if pustaka rakyat sell items like micro sd card and harddisk?

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    1. Hello, yes someone told me that Pustaka Rakyat sell harddisk but I'm not sure if they have micro sd card =)

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  50. Hello :)
    May I know if Borders at The Curve still accepts BB1M Vouchers for stationaries by buying 1 book? :(
    I wish to use my BB1M Vouchers and I don't wanna buy any books but stationaries.
    1 or 2 books should be fine but not more than that :/
    Anyone knows any places that have that service (of buying a few books and the rest on stationaries)?
    Or anyone knows who's buying those vouchers, as in trading it for cash?
    Hope to get some replies soon, as the voucher is expiring ><
    Thank you!

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    1. Hello!
      Unfortunately, BB1M vouchers can no longer be used to buy stationery anymore at Borders. Only can buy books :(
      If you want to buy stationery, I recommend you to go to Pustaka Rakyat outlets (http://www.pustakarakyat.com/).
      As for trading for cash, it is illegal so I do not want to suggest any place here although I do know certain people who are looking to buy the vouchers at a cheaper price. I would definitely encourage you to finish up the vouchers yourself to avoid any problems :)
      Hope this helps. Thanks!

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  51. may I know where can I buy the stationary at KL or penang? or the hard disk?

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    1. Hi Jeannie,
      You can buy stationery or harddisk at KL from Pustaka Rakyat outlets. As for Penang, I saw someone posted about this shop in Bukit Mertajam named "Gigagrowth" that accepted BB1M for the purchase of harddisk & electronic stuffs. However... I'm not sure if they are still accepting the vouchers though. Hope this helps!

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  52. Hi. Is it a must to show the IC when I make payment with the vouchers? Cause my friends is not in Malaysia now. We just got our vouchers and the vouchers are expiring soon. So it's they any places that I can use the vouchers without the need to show them the IC

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    1. Hi Cheong Min, apologies for the late reply. Yes, it's a must to show IC when you make the payment in voucher.. I'm not too particularly sure about the places that don't need to show the IC because all the major bookstores will require voucher holders to present their IC for verification.. I guess only the small vendors *may* not require but I have no confirmation on this.. Hope your friend's vouchers won't go to waste!

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  53. Can I use the voucher for the ongoing Popular Book Fest 2014?

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    1. Hello, yes you may! My sis just used her vouchers at the Popular Book Fest too :)

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  54. Hey. Thank you for your reply. Do you any small bookstore that accept the vouchers around cheras?

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    1. I'm not too sure about this. There's a Pustaka Rakyat in Cheras.. not exactly small bookstore but if it's near you it may be worth a trip to check it out.. I was told by a reader in this blogpost that they need to photostat IC to use the vouchers..maybe if you can get your friend to send a scanned/get a photostated IC to you it may work.

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  55. Its 2016 now. Pustaka rakyat masih trima belian brg slain buku dgn bb1m? Since Hal Ni dh masuk newspaper, so risau

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