As most travellers to Asian destinations are aware, the touting on the streets is a very common thing. I think we just need to accept that that is their way of life and how they make a living. I know it can get very annoying to not walk 5 metres without being asked if you want a copy watch, handbag, suit or dvd's, but that is something that does not bother me any more.
What I found in Hong Kong that they are nowhere near as full-on and annoying as shop owners are in other countries. Not even in the main markets, like the Ladies Market and Temple Street night market, most stall owners there were very pleasant and not annoying at all.
HOWEVER .... the one place that became very overwhelming for annoying touters was in and around Nathan Road, and the main offenders were Indians. They were just so "in your face" that you really wanted to tell them where to go .... and not in a nice way!! They were more evident at the harbour end of Nathan Road, which is where we stayed for the first 10 days of our trip, so we encountered them many many times on a daily basis.
Fun Alternatives: Just try to ignore them, I know that may sound somewhat rude, but they will eventually get the hint. It seemed that saying no or shaking our head was not enough to deter them from continually asking us for fake this and copy that!
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.
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
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%.