Chinatown, New York City
Chinatown is the best place to buy cheap watches and jewelry. T-shirts and gifts.
What to buy: Watches
Not Food, please !!!
What to pay: Watches from $10 to $40, I've some and they've worked fine by years!!
If you are looking for cheap souveniers, bargains on trendy items or knock-off designer goods, Chinatown is the place to go. You will find countless stores throughout Chinatown that all seem to carry the same stuff -- the name of the game here is bargain. Most shop keepers will negotiate with you, as long as you are within reason. So, meander around a bit, see what you like and ask if they'll knock off $5 or $10. Depending on how busy business is, they may not, but it's half the fun.
Fake pashiminas can be bought in practically any color for about $5 each, straight off the street corners. And if the latest trend can be easily and cheaply duplicated, you're also likely to find that in Chinatown for much less than anywhere else. Quality won't be great, but you have to consider whether this is an investment or just for fun.
If you're looking for designer knock-off purses or watches, just beware. It is illegal and the police do operate sting operations to shut them down (not to mention the questionable ethics of counterfeit goods and whether your money is contributing to terrorists, etc.). Therefore, you may be approached or see people on the corners whispering "Louis Vuitton, Coach, Gucci" -- they'll then have you follow them either to their store or sometimes down an alley or through an unmarked door to where they are hiding this stuff. You should be safe enough, but use your common sense.
I did get to spend a short period of time in Chinatown which was a unique experience in New York. You will see a lot of people, lots of Chinese restaurants and little stores. In this area you will see a lot of the same stuff for sale, namely sun glasses, hand bags, watches, jewelry and lots of I Love New York t-shirts.
It’s cheaper in Chinatown and the catch is your not buying the real thing, everything is a knock off, of some famous designer. You will get to practice your bargaining skills in this part of town and depending on what you are looking for you might be happy with your loot. I picked up 6 t-shirts with I love New York for $10, a back scratcher for $2 and a set of Chinese stress balls for $5. I couldn’t get the price I wanted for a knock off hand bag or a Yankees cap.
You are going to get some New York attitude in this area for sure but again enjoy the experience and it’s a sub cultural from the rest of New York. If you’re traveling with friends be careful not to get lost. It all looks the same and you could get separated and if you don’t have a meeting place it could ruin your day!
One of the tactics I noticed with the perfume, is they will drag you in a store, spray you with it, tell you a price, tell you it smells nice, throw it in a bag, and hand it right to you. If you’re not expecting this you are going to be compelled to buy it. I would suggest smelling the stuff yourself first of all, and then if you like it start to walk away until he starts dropping his price. I went from $30 down to $10 and then walked away because I didn’t really care about it that much but $10 was when he didn’t chase me any further for his Hugo Boss knock off.
Get the I 3 NY Shirts down in Chinatown. Buy them 10 for $10. Don't pay anymore than $3 for a shirt, if you're not buying them in bulk. They make excellent, though very cheap and disposable, presents for friends/family back home.
A bargan for your dollars! Don't miss the sidewalk vendors, they're easy to beat down on the cost of things, they sell everything from "Designer" watches *wink wink*, sweaters (which you can't open first :( ...some times the arms aren't the same lengths...beware!), hand made art work, souveniers and purses....designer of course ; )
What to buy: You never know what you will find! We suggest knock off's, can't even tell the difference!
What to pay: depends on your barganing skills *wink, wink*
Whether you are shopping for REAL or --- Louis Vuitton’s --- china town is a good place to hit….. the whole experience is soooo strange and fun. For shoes I love Bakers and Zigi shoes ---- bakers has great quality shoes with awesome designs….. I recommend street shopping in NY. I never went to a shopping center and got awesome deals in the street from different vendors…. You gottta ask people which streets to hit and ask them about warehouses. I loved SOHO too….Ny is just full of places to shop. Have fun :)
There are designer handbags in every store! They're knock-offs, of course -- but who cares?? You can get your very own Gucci wallet, or Prada purse!
Some merchants are hard to bargain with, but whatever you do, pay less than whatever they tell you the price is.
What to buy: Handbags, rings, earrings, jackets, toys, movies, cd's, mix tapes, hats, watches...
Just about everything. It's like a huge flea market. The best place to buy anything.
What to pay: Purses - $20 max/each
Wallets - $10 max/each
Accessories - try to get a 2 for 1 deal.
Watches - $8 max/each
All kinds of shops owned by Chinese - thus, called China town.
There is your fish store, veggies store, jewelry store, knick-knack stores and those famous T-shirt, sunglasses and designer knock-off bag stores.
After all that shopping and you spent all your dough, check out the Chinese restaurants. These are not like your regular, greasy take-out Chinese food in your neighborhood. The food is cheap but it's really, really good. You never had Chinese food this good before, trust me.
What to buy: If you know your Gucci, Prada, LV, etc, then check out China Town.
Ok, there are more than fake bags, there are fake watches too.
But these shopkeepers are very careful now days because of the police crack downs.
They usually have cheap imitation watches at the front but all the good fakes, the ones you can't tell apart from the real stuffs, are in the back. The guy in the front will show you a catalog and he will contact the guy in the back via walkie-talkie and bring the good stuff out to you.
These watches are not in the $20 range, they are a bit more costly. However, instead of paying thousands or hundredes, you can get a nice fake for about $80 - $100.
If you are into cheap souvneir shopping and you will feel guilty if you don't buy something cheesy for your folks at home then you can't beat dozen t-shirts for like 10 bucks!
What to pay: It's good to haggle here. Don't be shy. The worst thing that could happen is that you walk away and buy the same thing somewhere else.
What to buy: Hankering for a bullfrog? Then Chinatown is your place. The variety is wide and the bonus is you get to kill, clean and cook the frog all by yourself.
What to pay: 3.19 per lb.