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Shop. But dont haggle. Wait till they drop price.
Shopping is a real hassle in HK. We've shopped in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and other places where Chinese rule the roost. Here the mainlanders seem to have run over the entire former Brit colony is large measure. They also sound and behave in a boorish manner, esp the ladies.
The cost they will quote you (through punching a calculator) would be really high for a simple product. The moment you haggle once, they would drop the price marginally through a second punch. Next time you haggle, they would snide at you and wave you off the shop premises without any basic decency. Again, that's something you shouldnt expect. You should walk away before the minute they can stoop to do this.
Some shops with older women literally hold the hand of the buyer (if it's a woman) and then pull them into the shop. This happened to my wife. She will not let go of her and continue to insist buying the stuff you sought out in the first place. But they are very careful not to drop the price at the same time. Now if you cave in, the smiles return. If you persist and move out, be ready for some more insults (i couldnt understand them coz it was in Chinese, so i didnt give a damn anyway).
Unique Suggestions: Look. Quote your intended price once, Walk away briskly if they dont relent. Keep moving even if you hear them calling out to you. Dont worry. No product is Hong Kong is unique and you will ultimately find it in your homeland Chinatown at maybe even the same price.
Fun Alternatives: Visit the "To Do" list. Shopping at these places is not so great, esp in Hong Kong. There are better destinations.
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When buying copy purses, insist on the vendors "best" check inside to make sure the finish is of good quality. Check all the zippers to see if they work. Talk them down to at least 1/2 of what they are asking.
Beware of the Factory Tours
There are lots of Jade Factory Tours and Gold factory Tours and Pearl Factory Tours . Just beware they are setting you up for some high pressured sales and they are often accompanied by higher prices too.
Unique Suggestions: If its part of a tour package you are on , just relax and watch the demonstration and keep in mind that you will be a traget for a sales pitch at some point.
Fun Alternatives: I learned , if it wasn't something I planned on buying , I didn't . There is always lots of whatever was being sold around the corner anyway , if I changed my mind!
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Never buy a camera in Tsim Sha...
Never buy a camera in Tsim Sha Tsui. Either they try to force you into the one you don't want after you've paid or they will wrap something else up in the packaging.....
a caveat, all city tours of hong kong whether via big tour group or small ones or personalizd ones have this jewellery factory tour.
Unique Suggestions: just look around
Fun Alternatives: don't buy if you are not into jewels
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Bargain in Hong Kong is a must activity. The women in the photo all are professional in Bargain. Ms. Wong (pink lady) managed to get discount for her staff up to 60%.
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