Shopping, Hong Kong
I had been told that most market/stalls do not hang actual change rooms for you to try on clothes. Even though this was the case, we did come across a few with change rooms.
BUT .... most market stalls also DO NOT allow you to actually try clothes on in the store over the top of the clothes you were wearing! I found this very frustrating and I do not see what the problem with that is. Surely if I was to try something on in the store and maybe damage it, then I would understand that I would be buying it, whether I liked it or not! In light of this, I bought a few items of clothing that when I tried them on back at the hotel room .... DID NOT FIT!!!
I usually have a long list of dvd's to buy on my travels, and this trip was no different. However, we quickly discovered that no dvd's purchased in Hong Kong are suitable for use in Australia, as they use the wrong region code. Our region code is 4 and all the ones we saw were region code 2 or 3. Even in shops like HMV there were none that we could buy, so that was a bit of a letdown.
Also, (fake) dvd's are not readily sold on the streets either, like in most Asian countries. Apparently the government is cracking down on the sale of copy dvd's. I think we only saw one stall selling them in the whole time we were there, and yet again, the wrong region code.
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.
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.
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.....
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%.