Buying electronics and gifts in Hong Kong...

Hey guys!

Going to HONG KONG this wednesday... can you HUKD guys recommend any places to buy electronics considerably cheaper than other places... and gifts?

Thanks in advance!

That's all folks!

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order from dealextreme and focalprice and wait for them to turn up when you arrive back home

All tend to be similar prices,but you can haggle,there are a few specialized centers which are the best places,just don't go to the touristy ones in Kowloon Much.better to nip over to Shenzhen in China if you can.

Bargains are not that easy at the moment with the weak pound,

What are you looking for?

Original Poster

wanted to buy a wide camera lens for my nikon...

and just other gadgets that you cant get over here in the UK... :s

diggad;4976228

wanted to buy a wide camera lens for my nikon... and just other gadgets … wanted to buy a wide camera lens for my nikon... and just other gadgets that you cant get over here in the UK... :s



Should be freely available,just work out exchange rate in advance may not be that cheaper and be aware of fakes,its a great city,enjoy

Original Poster

Thanks boothy... any other tips would be appreciated!

use the subway as much as poss,including from the airport very cheap and clean and will get you out of the heat,if you are going to the peak then early morning is a must to avoid the crowds and baking in the queue.

All depends what you are looking for really,a trip on the ferry to Macao is good as well if you are into casino's

It is 6 years since I was there, but I don't think there are quite the bargains there used to be in the 80s and 90s. I can remember looking for cameras and mini disk players (remember them?) at the time and not being that impressed with the prices. Hopefully it's got better! :thumbsup:

Be very, very, very, very careful. I'm afraid that many Chinese have a strong contempt for the White Devils (us) and there are many who, amongst themselves are highly honorable, but think nothing of cheating European and American tourists.

Please don't read this as racist; it isn't .It's a cultural thing and I and others I know have had very bad experiences of buying 'bargains' in Hong Kong. I'm not saying that all dealers are like this, but you must be on your toes. You're probably fine in major outlets but the deals are done in the small shops.

Example: I bargained down the price of a Sony portable CD player (this was back in 1996) and examined it and tried it in the shop. We agreed a price and they packed it away for me. When I got it home and opened it, I was horrified to discover that somehow (I have no idea how they did it) they had replaced the remote commander earphones with a simple $1 pair. On that basis alone they made a thumping profit and I had to shell out more than half the cost of the unit again to buy them over here. Once you're out of the shop you have no recourse whatsoever.

So,

1: When you do the deal, place your hand on the box and say that it's fine ... you'll take it as it is. Don't let it out of your sight.

2. Make sure that you've bought the real thing and not a Far-Eastern bootleg. No idea how you do that because the copies are very hard to spot.

3. Be aware that you are limited to a very low value that you can bring into this country without paying duty. It used to be £145, but I think it's gone up recently but not by much. You can try to smuggle it in (in which case send the packing materials, manuals and warranty cards to yourself by post before you leave) but if you're caught, the duty and probably fine will raise the cost to more than you would have paid in a high-street shop over here (happened to a friend of mine with a video camera).

It's a minefield, and I wouldn't buy there again.

Original Poster

ouch! strong statement Afterburner!

Thanks for the tips... ! I'll be sure to look out!

diggad;4976421

ouch! strong statement Afterburner! Thanks for the tips... ! I'll be sure … ouch! strong statement Afterburner! Thanks for the tips... ! I'll be sure to look out!



How did he know you are white?

Original Poster

he doesnt! and im not white. Im Asian. Hindu to be precise.

but i appreciate his context! I know exactly what he's talking about.. People trying to take advantage.

thesaint;4976428

How did he know you are white?

I guessed. If he weren't he'd probably not have to ask the question in this forum.

thesaint;4976428

How did he know you are white?



Why did you think he was white? ;-)

Afterburner;4976477

I guessed. If he weren't he'd probably not have to ask the question in … I guessed. If he weren't he'd probably not have to ask the question in this forum.



Well, he's not, and he did. :thinking:

diggad;4976475

he doesnt! and im not white. Im Asian. Hindu to be precise. but i … he doesnt! and im not white. Im Asian. Hindu to be precise. but i appreciate his context! I know exactly what he's talking about.. People trying to take advantage.

Well, I didn't guess right then.

I know it's lame to trot out the excuse "Some of my best friends are ...." in defence of a seemingly racist statement but I ask you to believe that I genuinely loathe all racists. I work in a huge global multi-national company and I work closely with, and have genuine affection for, many people from different ethnic backgrounds to me. As I look up across the top of my cube I see an Indian Muslim, a Chinese (don't know his religion), a Pakistani Muslim, and an Indian Hindu. I count them amongst my friends and close colleagues and I would take up arms against anyone who threatened any of them. But cultural norms in other countries are a different issue .. it's not about individuals, it's about societal norms, and in some countries you have to be more careful than others.

I have worked with Scandinavians too in the past, and I can tell you that their cultural imperatives would make them view with absolute horror, the suggestion that they should adopt a trading behaviour such as you see in China and Hong Kong.

You just have to be aware of where you are and the norms that pertain in that environment.

Afterburner;4976561

Well, I didn't guess right then.I know it's lame to trot out the excuse … Well, I didn't guess right then.I know it's lame to trot out the excuse "Some of my best friends are ...." in defence of a seemingly racist statement but I ask you to believe that I genuinely loathe all racists. I work in a huge global multi-national company and I work closely with, and have genuine affection for, many people from different ethnic backgrounds to me. As I look up across the top of my cube I see an Indian Muslim, a Chinese (don't know his religion), a Pakistani Muslim, and an Indian Hindu. I count them amongst my friends and close colleagues and I would take up arms against anyone who threatened any of them. But cultural norms in other countries are a different issue .. it's not about individuals, it's about societal norms, and in some countries you have to be more careful than others. I have worked with Scandinavians too in the past, and I can tell you that their cultural imperatives would make them view with absolute horror, the suggestion that they should adopt a trading behaviour such as you see in China and Hong Kong. You just have to be aware of where you are and the norms that pertain in that environment.



I was not implying you were racist, there are many on this forum, but don't anyone to think that I was implying you were racist. :thumbsup:

Original Poster

its ok guys.

i didnt take any offence by the way.

its cool.

Afterburner - thanks for the huge tip! im going with 2 other guys... staying in WanChai.

The weather at the moment there is thunderstorms!

diggad;4976659

its ok guys. i didnt take any offence by the way. its cool. Afterburner - … its ok guys. i didnt take any offence by the way. its cool. Afterburner - thanks for the huge tip! im going with 2 other guys... staying in WanChai. The weather at the moment there is thunderstorms!


You'll love Hong Kong; it's a truly awesome place. I'm sure there's nowhere like it anywhere. Have a great time.

thesaint;4976591

I was not implying you were racist, there are many on this forum, but … I was not implying you were racist, there are many on this forum, but don't anyone to think that I was implying you were racist. :thumbsup:


I know you weren't. I just felt that I ought to clarify my statement for anyone else here who might take offence.

i went about 5 years ago. determined to to be conned. long and short of it is that i was!. did the ole switch trick. give you great prices on everything. went away and checked on the net (now they have gained your trust). then when you go to buy they give you a different product worth a lot less and because you now trust them ( so you don't check rrps) you buy it only to find out it wasn't such a great deal!. tell you what....they are good at what they do!

diggad;4976228

wanted to buy a wide camera lens for my nikon... and just other gadgets … wanted to buy a wide camera lens for my nikon... and just other gadgets that you cant get over here in the UK... :s



Try here , you may get a good price, ordered my canon 60mm macro from here, delivery within 5 days to uk and even got cashback from canon, gd times.

onestop-digital.com/cat…b67

If you are happy to pay Hong Kong RRP then Digital Fortress gave me the best customer service I have ever recieved when i bought a ps3 there, tested it, hooked it up to 50 inch tv with my new HDMI cable, tested extra pad and put it into English for me all while me and my girflriend sat on comfy sofas.

That was in Times Square store. (PS3's were new then).
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