Just watch out for your money and getting swindled in the markets and perhaps the electronics/jewelry stores along Nathan Road. You could get a deal and get a legitimate item, but on the other hand you could lose a considerable amount of money on junk. Just use common sense.
Along Nathan Road in Kowloon, there are many non descript touts hanging around the foot paths just waiting to suck you in to buy a fake Rolex, Omega or Cartier watch etcetc. Just ignore them and give them the cold shoulder they will soon latch on to someone else. The picture on the left is a stall selling watches but note necesarily fakes.
All employees who work in electronic products shops, work on commission, therefore, they do not have your best interest at heart. Rather, they are more concerned with making a sale.
Though electronics are cheap in HK, it is best to know exactly what you want, or at least be sure of all the features that you want, even if you do not have a specific brand in mind. Otherwise, you may be fooled into buying a poor quality product for a ridiculously large price!!
This happened to me. We went with the intention of buying a Sony digital camera and came back with a 'Vivitar'...which is apparently a good brand...it is nothing in comparison to the Sony. Also, make sure the camera is in stock, otherwise you could end up waiting for a long time while it is being delivered from another store. AND MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT GIVE ANY MONEY TILL YOU HAVE THE CAMERA, WITH ALL THE ACCESSORIES IN HAND! Especially as we were 'told' there was a chip in the box, and there wasnt! :D
Unique Suggestions: Apart from knowing what you want, do not hand over any money till you have everything in your hand.
Language may be a barrier at times, so learn as much vocabulary as you can!! ;)
Fun Alternatives: There is no alternative, the electronics are such an amazing price that you can't really pass them up!! Just be wary!
When walking down Nathan Road, you will get hit on every ten feet or so for a tailor by men in suits with cards for their tailoring shops' services.
It's best to keep walking.
If you stop, you will be hounded and followed for at least half a block.
United Power A and P, Nathan Road is a shop to avoid.
KNowing what I wanted and the price, I was persuaded it was not a good buy for me and my photographic skills.
I was consequenty overcharged by nearly £200 for a different camera.
Though I really like the camera and it is easy to use, they really ripped me off.
Lesson learnt; know exactly what yo want and what you SHOULD pay. (It was even £100 cheaper on the plane coming home!)
Thank you United Power, A and P, Nathan Road
I wish I had come across the information on shops on Nathan road before I went to Hong Kong. It happened to me the way it happened to others who share similar experience of shopping in shops on Nathan Road.
I went into a shop, second right shop to the entrance of Chung King Mansion, asking for a SD memory card. Then I asked about IPAD 2, and we agree on the price. While waiting for the IPAD, the salesman tried to convince us that we cannot use IPAD2 as it was US locked version. Then he showed EPAD, ARCHOS model and give the higher price than IPAD. We were trapped with their reliable look. They do not look like cheating, they look like a smart salesperson trying to give good choice to customers.
This is not just one experience as I found later similar stories on the internet. If more than 80% never came across this warning, these shops are making huge profit and no attempt to stop them. Local people are aware of these, they can't do anything. There is no red light from official units, is it mean they are given a green light to do these business?
Fun Alternatives: Don't go inside or walk by these shops on Nathan Road.
Spread the information.
Everyone who will go to Hong Kong must be aware of this site.
Hi, I just purchased a new camera at Gallant in Nathan Rd. I bought a Canon 600D with a new lense. Negotiated the price they thru in 16GB card lense filters etc, I was happy with the price paid for it had it packaged and then they tell me their camera Guru will come and explain how the camera works, I said no its ok my brother has one back in Aus I know how to use it. Any way cut a long story short I was forced to sit down and look at this camera. Next minute the camera guru is out talking to me about my camera and goes and gets another camera out of the window telling me this is the newest canon and was released this month in Oct '11. I got very confused googled it, the net tells me was released in september 2010???? after much pushing and throwing in more products I walked out without my Canon 600D but with a Canon SX30IS and a Rollei Macro lense!!!! Now I am back in Aus i realise the lens is worth nothing and Camera I could have got for $370 mot the $620 I paid!!!!
Fun Alternatives: Study hard if you are buying electronics and know everything including the price about them.
Wont bore you with additional details, as nothing has changed. It is January 2012 and I am staying in a hotel in TST Hong Kong. We are very near Nathan Road. The camera shop tourist traps are alive and well, stay away. By the way the prices at Fortress are comparable if not more than US prices. Stick to Amazon and EBAY, or buy in the US. No great electronic deals here in HK.
hello everyone!thank you for all those who took time to share their experiences in hongkong here and be able to help others by writing the "real life" encounters they had. we are visiting hongkong almost every year for the past 15 years and much to my surprise we had a real bad experience during our last visit, which was just recently (june 28, 2012). my husband and I were on our way to "the one mall" when we decided to stop at "GALLANT STORE" along nathan road very Giordano cor humphrey's ave. and nathan rd. we were looking for a sony lens and we were assisted by a guy names "KENI". he gave me a good price for the lens which was actually $200 less of the current price in the philippines. then my husband asked for the price of an ipad 3 and gave him a good deal too. keni turned me over to another guy who referred to me as a "camera guru". he asked for my credit card and let me signed the receipt which was manually done and told me to wait for the new stock.while i was waiting, my husband was offered by an "ACER ICONIA A500" by keni and told him that the ipad 3 he was looking for was not a good choice that it was a US version and cannot be updated.we were shocked to know that there are ipad 3's on this status and condition. he made my husband buy this acer iconia a500 promising him it was the latest one from acer and the price was down to 4000hkd. he immediately asked for his credit card, swiped it and signed the electronic receipt so that he can explore and test the product. we called our friend from the philippines and had her checked the price of the acer iconia a500 since we were not aware of this one because my husband was after the ipad 3. to cut the story short, KENI fooled by promising that it was the latest from acer when acer already released the a510. we went to other stores (chungking side) and it was only 2800hkd. SO PLEASE, NEVER LET YOURSELVES BY FOOLED BY THESE KIND OF PEOPLE. NEVER PATRONIZE GALLANT STORE ALONG NATHAN ROAD, TST. BETTER TO GO AND BUY FROM FORTRESS AND BROADWAY. LET'S BE ONE IN AVOIDING "GALLANT STORE" ALONG NATHAN ROAD, VERY NEAR GIORDANO HUMPHREY'S MTR STATION, TST, KOWLOON.!
Nathan road is filled with shops selling cameras and lenses. BEWARE. PLEASE BUY WHAT YOU NEED AND NOT WHAT THEY RECOMMEND AS THEY WILL CHEAT YOU BY OVER QUOTING WHEN IN YOUR OWN COUNTRY IT WILL BE FAR CHEAPER. BUY IN FORTRESS OR BROADWAY . I GOT CHEATED BY A CLEVER SALESMAN. I WANTED TO BUY 24 - 105 LENS. ALMOST PURCHASED IT, BUT THE SALESMAN CONVINCED ME AND SOLD ME A SIGMA 18 -200 MM LENS FOR A HIGHER PRICE THAN THE ACTUAL SHOWROOM PRICE. CONNED!!!!!!!
Unique Suggestions: BUY WHAT YOU HAVE REFERENCE POINT OF. DONT BUY WHAT THEY SUGGEST.
Fun Alternatives: GO TO FORTRESS.
Beware of a chinese woman who sell mini dried abalone along the wet market in Reclamation Street near Jordan/Shanghai Street. She is a swindler, who cheat tourists of their money together with her few other accomplice putting up a show having 1 of her accomplice (call her accomplice1) pretending to be a customer standing at the stall picking a bag full of mini abalones just to attract potential prey especially the tourists to stop and browse at the stall. When a potential prey stop by the stall, the accomplice1 will start talking and keep on emphasising that "the mini abalones are really really cheap... blah...blah...blah... with the promotion of buy 1 jin get 1 jin free.... she usually buy a lot when the price are good like this stall as it is rarely that cheap... blah..blah...blah", accomplice2 and accomplice3 now walk to the stall pretending to be attracted by the crowd and then start picking hardworkingly and accomplice2 who have picked 2 full bags then pretending to pay and keep saying it's cheap... accomplice1 and accomplice3 continue picking the mini abalones with their talk about how cheap they are as they picked.
Actually, the abalone aren't really that cheap only the tourists would fall for it as most of the shopkeepers there knew about it. I or actually my mum (we're not local) was a victim who fell for the trap. I happen to found out about it recently after secretly observing the swindlers from a far corner when I walk pass the same stall one weekend and find the customer (accomplice1) familiar when she had just finish picking a full bag of the mini abalones and I decide to watch if she is really paying for them. No she didn't, she pass the bag to the stall owner and the stall owner actually empty the bag and pass the empty bag back to accomplice1 who again continue to pick the mini abalones. I've been watching them for about 30-45mins and noticed that they talk as they picked and accomplice1 would picked 5 but only throw 1 into the bag, the stall owner also pretend to help her to pick and would occasionally pass her 1 or 2.
There is nothing I can do even when I knew about it after consulting some local friends and colleauge about it even if I want to report them. I'm damn frustrated and unhappy about it as I've spend about 2k-3k the last time when I can't do anything after finding out!
Stay away from PERFECT DIGITAL. People there are liars, thieves, and scammers! First they will lie to you about the availability of the product you intend to buy and its price. When they get you to sit down, they will offer another product that's much more INFERIOR with all sorts of lies surrounding it (that it's newer, it's better, etc) at an EXTREMELY EXORBITANT price - about 5X its actual market value. You will only realize this sadly after you've made the wrong decision to purchase. So please take it from me - STAY AWAY FROM PERFECT DIGITAL! It's a TRAP!
Unique Suggestions: If you have to go to a tourist trap, at least follow these rules
1. Remember to STICK to what you had intended to buy. DON'T BE SWAYED.
2. Confirm the price
3. When they say they have a new stock, CONFIRM the new stock (WAIT FOR IT, inspect it, and HOLD IT IN YOUR HANDS. DO NOT PAY FOR THE PRODUCT/THE NEW STOCK UNTIL YOU HAVE IT IN YOUR HANDS. DON'T PART WITH YOUR CASH/CREDIT CARD UNTIL YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY SURE THAT THEY HAVE THE PRODUCT IN STOCK, and that THE PRODUCT IS IN YOUR HANDS.
4. After careful inspection of the product, only then should you pay for it. TRY TO PAY IN CASH, as you'll never know what they'll do with your credit card.
5. BE DEAF TO THEIR OFFERS TO PURCHASE OTHER PRODUCTS.
6. After making payment, leave.
However, the best advice is still this - STAY AWAY FROM THESE SHOPS!
Fun Alternatives: There are still reputable bargain shops. The best thing to do is to . . .
1. Check out the blogs for the user reviews,
2. Listen to your friends (those who have already gone to those safe bargain electronic / camera shops), or
3. Just go to FORTRESS.
We didn't read these posts before shopping on this road, and like everyone else here got ripped off horribly. The Gallant Store is just a den of thieves.
Went back to the store and called them on it, they basically agreed that yes they had ripped us off, but so what, its your own fault. Absolute crooks and thieves, and I will never return to HongKong based on my experiences in just 2 days here.
Unique Suggestions: If you come to HongHong, avoid NathanRoad entirely. I would not shop here at all. better to do duty free shopping at the airport.
Fun Alternatives: My honest advice, simply avoid HongKong all together...it is overhyped, polluted, overcrowded, pushy, garish, and full of crooks just waiting to take your hard earned money.
I cannot find one positive thing to say about this place.
Nathan Road (Golden Mile) is awarmed with a..holes, who're trying to sell you copy this and copy that. Even suites, gold, designer whatever, etc.
All the stuff is FAKE. And way to expensive for these items. Hey, if you still want to buy it. Go ahead, but be warned.
Just ignore them, or offer them to buy your REAL watch.