Electronics, Hong Kong
Broadway is an electronic shop chain which also sells digital camera.
I am told by friends that this shop is pretty reliable.
If I am not mistaken, there are two Broadway shops in the Time Square located at different floors. I bought my digital camera at the Broadway store in ShaTin.
What to buy: electronics, digital camera
What to pay: good price
If you're new to the skill of haggling, then see what you can learn on the internet, as it would require a thesis to explain. This is probably THE place where you can fine tune your haggling skills. If you don't speak Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese), then don't worry. You might see a calculator being passed back and forth, as the universal language is going to be either the Hong Kong dollar or the RMB (mainland China).
Another tip: Provided you walked away from one vendor and you still want that knock-off or whatever it is, then here's what you can do. Say for example that in your last haggling, the lowest the guy would go is 35, and 30 was your 'target price'. Before you go to the next vendor, put exactly 30 in one pocket all by itself. This way, when you're saying 25-28, and the vendor is down to 35, pull out the 30 (rolled up so you can't tell it's 30 when you pull it out) as if to empty that pocket. It would even help if you pretended to search the other pocket and found nothing in it, too! It's a trick to show you're willing to pay more, but that's your "obvious" limit because that's all you've got. Just make sure you don't have money sticking out of other pockets! Now go out there and have fun!!
What to buy: Prices for fake rolexes may start at 90 $US and since I bought 2, I got him down to 20 $US. If you offer to buy multiples, you should be able to get a better deal, too! Just as in car dealerships, walk away and you'll easily find yourself another person selling the same thing. Practice makes perfect.
At night, maybe starting around 9pm, you'll see tables set up on some streets adjacent to the Sheraton Hotel. You can haggle if you buy multiple fake (copy) Polo shirts, fake Oakleys, and so on.
At 12 midnight, the tables are all folded up as if it's against the law to be on the street past that time, so watch the time closely. Spend the time to watch what others pay and you might be able to 'jump in' and pay the same price on someone else's haggle!
What to pay: It's about $3 US for a copy Polo shirt, maybe ~$7 for fake Oakleys.
Stanley Street is one of many places to go for electronics in Hong Kong, or more importantly, a new camera. The street is packed with electronc store, after electonic store, advertising the big names like Kodak, Nikon, Fuji, and Sony. It is possible to find a bargain, but dont expect many of them to be advertised. Like most places in Asia, you have to ask about the price of something first, and the price they give you is ussually higher then what they will sell it for.
When is comes to electronics, make sure you have an idea of what the average going price is on something before trying to shop for it in Hong Kong. Most of the time you can get them cheaper here, but only if you know how much something should be.
3/4 floors that sells ALL electronic goods that you can name!! Great place to huggle/bargain. Best to shop around first before you stuff cos price varies at each shops.
What to buy: Buy a cool USB Web Cam Night Shoot Mic for laptop/desktop $95.00 HKD (around 6 pound!).
What to pay: Remember to huggle!
What to buy:
Okay I hate the Coporate world but at the same time i hate being ripped off by people.
NEVER EVER buy electroncis from the small shops in Tsim Shai Tsai . Go into Harbour city and buy them from Fortress or any other large store. It'll be much cheaper and your not hassled the second you walk in!!!
This is a very good tip. TRUST me.
As a film maker and photographer I work with cameras. I had decided to look into picking up some L series pro lenses for my Canon Digital SLR and a broadcast quality Canon XL1s mini dv camera for documentary making. I had other things to do in Hong Kong so I left my shopping to the very last day of my trip. Armed with the knowledge that the electronics dealers on Nathan Road are plentiful but reputed to sting tourists when they get the chance, I wandered around everywhere but Nathan Road. In the parallel streets and off-streets of that general area there are many electronics shops with prices varying wildly for the same items. In one place I couldn't pass on the offer of a Sony MiniDisc Recorder for the equivalent of €80. I'd bought an identical one just the previous month in Ireland for over €200.
As far as the lenses were concerned, I found prices which were cheaper than Ireland - but not that much cheaper for the professional items. As the evening drew in I decided not to waste further time on the lenses and to go flat out to find the video camera instead. In all the places I searched the didn't have it. Disappointed I set off for the hotel. My course led me down Nathan Road. As I passed the shopfronts of the many electronics stores there I stopped dead in my tracks. Staring out the window at me was the very camera.
What to buy: Camera equipment. The Canon XL1s was retailing in Ireland for €5,000. There, on Nathan Road, I bought the exact same camera for about €2,300. I was petrified in case I would hand over money only to find that it didn't work later. My fears were unfounded. That was over a year ago and the camera has more than paid for itself in that time and continues to function as well as ever. I did have to buy the shoulder rest separately only to find out in reading the packaging list later, that it was meant to be included but, at the end of the day, it was an extra €60 which, on the scale of things, was negligible.
One word of advise - make sure that any video camera you buy is the correct standard for the country you are living in. Hong Kong sells both PAL and NTSC. In Europe we use PAL.
looking for mobile phones, digicams or handycams? this place is your best bet. you get reliable products and you save a lot.
they also have home appliances and furnitures.
i looked at the price of the sony digicam t33 in other shops, and its priced at around 3,600 HKD. this shop sells it at below 3K.
thats how much u can save.
What to buy: electronics
What to pay: around HKD3K per item
The Electronics shooper's paradise is undoubtedly Nathan Road but Warning !! this as well as a shopping tip could be a tourist trap.
Don't you ever think that because it is HK is going to be a lot cheaper than Uk or USA or any other country.
HK is a tax free zone so you should aim to save the tax + a bit more within reasonable limits.
Normally when you come to a shop asking for, let's say, a digital camera they will try to sell you whatever they have got in stock. Whether or not it adjusts to your needs is none of their business. They just want to sell what they have got in the shop.
They DO NOT stock all models displayed in the windows. That is a catch.
Meaning: if you come with an idea of a make and model and they do not show it to you straight away, do not fall for their promises. They might ask you to come back later, to come back tomorrow. To wait ther 15 minutes for one of the guys to come to the storage, etc...
The idea is to try to sell you whatever they have got in store in the meantime. You could wait there 15 min, 30 min or 1 day and they will not come up with the promised item because what they do is to try to buy it supercheap somewhere else in order to bring it to you and most of times this is not possible because all shopkeepers are in the same dynamics....
So, piece of advice:
-Come with a very good idea of what you want to buy. Make and Model.
-Know how much is the item in your country and mark yourself a top thresold. Bargain up to that limit and do not try to get it either cheaper or accept from they to charge you more. Bargain to death!
-Do not wait for the item or come back the following day thinking they are going to have it there for you. You will get nothing in this way.
Just walk away and try somewhere else. There are hundreds of shops and one of them is bound to have what you want right in the spot at the right price.
Good luck !!
What to buy: All sort of computers and electronics and digital cameras etc...
What to pay: The price in your country - TAX - whatever you can get by bargaining !!
Another popular question in the forum: Prices of Digital Camera. Is it cheaper to buy in Hong Kong? Well, generally speaking, Hong Kong impose lower import tax, so most imported goods are cheaper than in mainland China and some other Asia countries. While most electronic prices are far cheaper than in Europe, you may found cheaper computer & camera stuff in USA, especially new models.
What to pay: Here are the websites of 2 established Hong Kong electronics shops, where you can check prices:
Many people asked this question in the forum, where to buy computer stuff in Hong Kong. Here you go...
1. Golden Computer Shopping Center. MTR Shamshuipo Station D2 Exit.
2. Wanchai Computer City. MTR Wanchai Station A4 Exit, just above McDonalds.
3. Mongkok Computer Center. MTR Mongkok Station E2 Exit.
4. 298 Computer Mall, 298 Hennessy Road. 10 mins walk from either Wanchai or Causeway Bay MTR Station.
5. 10-12/F, Windsor House, MTR Causeway Bay Station E Exit. (take the office lift to go up)
This shop is dedicated pretty much to photography. I did a lot of research on the internet before I went to Hong Kong, and it comes highly recommended by everyone who's been there, both locals and tourists. I was very impressed and had good service from 'Simon Tang', although I'm sure the other staff are just as good.
Everything in the shop has prices on (and are good value too), with no haggling - I did try! The number of locals you see buying stuff in the shop is also a very good sign.
What to buy: Cameras, Lenses, Memory Cards and almost anything photographic.
What to pay: Considerably less than in the UK. But do your research. Note down local prices before you go.
One of the most computer and other electrnoics shops in Hong Kong.
There are also other options such "Wanchai Computer Centre" (MTR A4 exit),
"298 Computer Zone" at 298 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, "Mongkok Computer Centre" also in Sham Shui Po.
What to buy: Computers, Parts and other electronic gadgets.
This is the cheapest place to buy your computer accessories, eg. CD-Rs, mouses, filters and speakers. Be weary of your personal belongings as this place is crowded and the passageways are extremely narrow. The computer accessories are sold in the basement. On top of the basement level, most shops cater to TV videogame systems such as PS2, DreamCast, Gamecube, Gameboy Advance and PSX. There's actually two "popular" malls around this block: Golden Shopping Arcade and Golden Computer Centre". The arcade caters to TV games and computer accessories. The computer centre caters to desktop and notebook computers.
What to buy: Cheap blank CD-Rs and CD-RWs abound in the basement of this computer mall.
Multiple stores/indoor market type shops in a slightly grubby environment.
What to buy: Computer gizmos, new tablet pcs, storage, under counter software, webcams, etc
What to pay: Much less than Europe for simply the latest stuff..especially if you can buy a few items and knock down the price between 2 stalls.
A camera shop near 'Muji'. We asked them to help us because our camera got broken and the film was jammed inside. Then this guy inside of the shop opened the camera!!!! All the negatives were gone! Silly cameraman, photoes from the trip were all in vain. and even didn't say sorry, didn't apologise. Quite a dissapointment...
What to buy: Never assume that they are all professional.
What to pay: tear