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GM Electronics: DSLR Camera Accessories
This shop on Grant Avenue in Chinatown will rip you off as much as possible. Never mind that they quote you a price, then keep going down & down, telling you that they're offering you a deal because business is slow. Even then, the final price will be at least double what the items are worth. Anything you buy is non-returnable & they will NOT match lower prices that you find elsewhere. WHATEVER PRICE THEY QUOTE YOU, PLEASE LOOK IT UP ON YOUR TELEPHONE INTERNET TO SEE WHAT THE REAL PRICE SHOULD BE.
What to buy: They showed me a Vivitar UV Lens Filter, which came out of a box marked $89.99. That filter sells for $1.50 to $5.00. A lens cap/cover was quoted to me for between $20 to $30, depending on what deal they felt like giving me. That should normally be maybe $18.00. A bettery was quoted to me at about $50.00, but should probably be $35.00. Let me repeat, WHATEVER PRICE THEY QUOTE YOU, PLEASE LOOK IT UP ON YOUR TELEPHONE INTERNET TO SEE WHAT THE REAL PRICE SHOULD BE.
What to pay: Everything is overpriced.
- Family Travel
T-Mobile or At&T stores: SIM card
This tip is for international visitors with unlocked GSM phones (tri band or quad band) that they want to use while in USA by purchasing a USA SIM card.
In USA phone companies make it hard for people to use different SIM cards (most phones are not GSM format anyway and those that are - locked into the current SIM card..). Only 2 mobile companies - T-Mobile and At&T - accommodate the need.
To find the T-Mobile store nearest you, check this website.
To find the AT&T store nearest you, check this website.
PRICES: To get an idea how much it costs, check this website.
- Budget Travel
Haight Ashbury Music Center: A good place for Music gear
My husband was thrilled with this place. It had a full range of guitars , amps, keyboards, drums...a full spectrum! He said the prices were pretty good and they had some really good brands .He bought a guitar trainer that was about $100.00 less than we say it in Hong Kong or Canada. They've been around since 1972 and
FAO Schwartz: The Toy Centre of the City
Strangely reminiscent of a circus or Santa Clause's workshop the F.A.O. Schwarz toy store brought back a flood of childhood memories (not that they were so long ago). This three story building is flooded with a deluge of toys... big, small, thin, fat, hard, plush, hairy, bumpy, intellectual, mechanical, black, white, and every other colour of the rainbow. If there is a toy currently being made, it must be there at the playing headquarters of California.
What to buy: When my favourite cousin, Seb, came to visit us from Australia a few months past I took him here. As soon as we passed though the doors he almost pulled my arm out of the socket, leading me, running through the store with glee. We went to look at the model aeroplanes, remote control cars, Legos, stuffed animals, candy, board games, and art supplies. At each stop he ran his thin hands over the items he wanted. It was difficult to restrain him from trying to make me buy the whole store. Four and a half hours later, we walked out in to the bright sun with a giant stuffed penguin, just a few inches shorted than him, and a set of Legos.
The purchasing possibilities here are almost endless in the three story dream store.
What to pay: You better pull out your chequebook and a pen. This is one of the most expensive toy stores in the history of mankind. It has absolutely everything... all complete with a price tag of epic proportions. For the penguin and the Legos it was over $400!
Aquarius: Small Ecclectic Record Shop
Small shop with limited, but ecclectic selection. I was interested in an employee pick, Lilium, but decided not to get it because even though it was an import, I didn't want to pay $22 for it.
1 kiss to the one who find !: Hello Kitty !!
A place with a lot of toys ... for adults only !!
What to buy: Everything but don't play with everything at the same time :))
What to pay: From 1$ to as much as you want ... or desire ...
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