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    Electronics stuff 2 golden rules

    by Xdrive Updated Nov 15, 2004

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    Well, if you are looking electronics stuff and digital cam at reaonsable price, you can go to Nathan Road. Go to the
    shops with a lot of Hong Kong people goes in and shop. A general shopping rule in HK is "Follow the local crowd". If
    the shop seems a bit quiet,although it looks good and very cheap price. Don't go in there, they look for the fish like
    you. If you willing to pay a little bit expensive ( about 3-5% up ) shops like Fortress, Broadways are good choice, and
    you can pay by Visa without extra charge. Normally, they can speak good English.

    Another golden rule, don't pay until you get the product in front of you. That means, ask them to get a new one, and
    you test it fully. If the shopper insist you pay first, just walk away.

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    You may get more than you bargained for...

    by easyoar Written Nov 6, 2004

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    From the outside, this womens clothing store looks very prim and proper. But checkout the name of the shop. I didn't go in to investigate (too busy I'm afraid), but it appears you may get a little extra service once you go inside...

    I would like to say here that I'm sure that there is actually no underhand business going on, but in English slang at any rate, the name is quite amusing.

    Buy a dress and get a free...
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  • Buying electronics from stores on Nathan Road

    by Gilijac64 Written Jul 23, 2004

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    If you're on the lookout for a digital camcorder, or camera etc...be wary of shops that offer deals too good to be true or shops that tell you they have a certain model in stock but that they have to get it from a warehouse and that you should pay a deposit and collect it later. A lot of the time you will end up with them telling you when you return that the item is out of stock and that they can't refund your deposit but they have another camera or whatever you're buying in stock but it's a different model and costs more. Shops like Fortress, Broadway, Tai Lin, Chinese Club and large department stores such as Wing On, Sincere etc and shops in malls such as Ocean Centre, Pacific Place, Gateway. They all have shops that sell electronic goods for everyday consumers or for the high end users. Use common sense, don't get ripped off.

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    tailors

    by txjason Written Dec 5, 2003

    be careful when you go to the tailors in hong kong.

    it is helpful to know exactly what you want, the tailors are friendly, very friendly, and rather persuasive as well,
    the place i went prince tailor at 77 peking road did a nice job on my shirts, but the suits were more problematic, and i wound up paying alot more than i had bargained for...
    it happens though, just be sure you know what you want.

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  • Electronics Bargaining!

    by yen_2 Written Aug 18, 2003

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    I don't know if I should be telling this one but it's better to say it than regret at all! There are some scam that really happens in Nathan Road and be really aware. Specialy if you buy some electronic goods. The trick is like this, some would approach you or if you'll go ask one of their sales staff, they will give you some very competitive price and then if you really like what they say of course you will think of buying..and then they will ask you to pay first and after a while they will introduce you to some very nice ones and forgot to ask about the one that you will buy and then they will force you to buy the other one and so on...It's not very nice though but we really just have to be aware and accept the fact that there are like this ones even in the city like this!

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  • are you a parfume girl?

    by vividvivian Written Apr 23, 2003

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    Lately getting more and more people selling parfume on the street, saying original parfume at a cheaper rate. it is advisable that not to buy from them because they may not be real one. The point is you don't know what's inside the bottle. So, be smart!

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    Copy Rolex !

    by MJL Written Mar 5, 2003

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    There are a lot of young men from India and Bangladesh all around Kowloon, Nathan Road etc. and they offer "Copy Rolex" "Fake Rolex". Everytime when I went to my hotel they offered me that rubbish. I lost my temper the first time during my trips and asked they names. Surprisingly ,they did not say.

    Remember that if you buy one of those watch, you throw money away. Once I met some other tourist on the plane and husband was bought a watch from some men. The watch last only a few day and hands of that watch were off.

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    Shopping in Hong Kong

    by keeweechic Written Dec 10, 2002

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    Hong Kong has some great bargains on many things and its a fun place to shop. Just be sure when you purchase camera equipment or electronic goods that you check on the warranty, if its only local or carries an international warranty. Also check the box your goods are in that they contain a manual which is in English. Most stores are reputable and you should stop around for prices before purchasing. Never be afraid to bargain the price.

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    I put this originally on my...

    by John195123 Written Sep 7, 2002

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    I put this originally on my China page, but really it belongs here. While walking Nathan Road, in Kowloon, some people may approach and try to sell you 'Rolex' watches. They may also invite you to their house to show you more. Going to the house is not adviseable. Many of these vendors are Indian (from India), or not Chinese. That is not to say anything negative, simply statement of fact. I will continue by saying that I did go to one of these vendors' houses as a friend of mine wanted to go. There were four of us who went, and the vendor, although he didn't seem to realize that we knew more about Rolexes than he, was very nice and polite. $20 for a nice fake Rolex isn't bad!

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    When shopping in Hong Kong,...

    by Plookie Written Sep 7, 2002

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    When shopping in Hong Kong, remember to lookout for the Hong Kong Tourist emblem's on most store door front's. The one's without this emblem are a part of the Triad's gang in HK. There prices tend to be a bit steep. And they won't try to give you the best price.

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    It happened to us several...

    by smoox Written Sep 2, 2002

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    It happened to us several times in Kowloon. We were waiting at a red traffic light when a man in a warm coat approached us. Suddenly, he would open his coat and offer 'real' brandname watches... If we hadnĀ“t met him, we would forever have thought about this as a joke.

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    You gotta have $$$

    by syllybabe Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Make sure you have a lot of cash and/or clean credit cards! It has been practically impossible for anyone I know to come home from Hong Kong without having shopped for just about anything. If carrying plastic, I suggest you do what I do...pay C.O.D. (Care of Daddy...with an AmEx Corporate card) hehehe. Just kidding...I stopped doing that uhmmm...when I turned 30!

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  • Be wary of people inviting you...

    by dzni Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Be wary of people inviting you to go with them, either into their shop or a back alleyway. There are a good number of these people on Nathan Road in the less lighted areas. If for whatever reason you do go, just be sure it's with a bigger group (say at least 4 or 5 people). I'm not saying they're all bad, but I'd still be cautious.

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    i warned you all! shopping in Hongkong

    by daryll Written Aug 25, 2002

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    i warned you all! shopping in Hongkong is very risky!
    Well, especially shops and night market. Whenever you feel want to look closely at a product, make sure you'll be buying the product if not! you'll be shouted by the seller! It is very common. Once you touch then you'll have to buy!

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    Walking the streets of HK you...

    by Enzo Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Walking the streets of HK you are constantly being approached but guys wanting to sell you suits or shirts. They keep asking you to visit their shops. This is amusing for the first 15 seconds but after that it gets really flippin' annoying!

    Some of these guys are also selling fake Rolex watches.

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  • Jan 15, 2014 at 5:17 AM

    At this store (address, below) they gave me a product that was nothing like the one I asked for; they swapped another item out of the bag before they gave it to me and they charged on my credit card a different price to the one upon which we agreed. In other words, they defrauded me in so many different ways, it would have been impossible to keep track of them all. Serious fraud -- avoid at all costs.

    Ideal Digital Shop Number 39 G/F, 97A Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

    • Jun 5, 2015 at 5:57 AM

      Unfortunately I did not read these posts earlier and got conned in a similar fashion! I went to buy Canon EOS M camera at this store and I was quoted a price of HK$ 2500. I agreed on this price and was asked to make payment by credit card. The payment of HK$ 2500 was made and I was asked to wait for some time as the camera was coming from the warehouse. While I was waiting the salesman started upselling another camera with supposedly "better features" and lied about the specs of the Canon EOS M camera. He confused and tricked me into believing that Nikon Coolpix L8400 camera was of much better specs and initially quoted a price of HK$ 8800. After lots of negotiation we settled at HK$ 6300. When I came back to India and looked up this Nikon Coolpix L8400 prices on Internet I was stunned to find that the MRP on this model was less than HK$ 2000. I soon realized how badly I had been cheated by the salesman of this shop who charged me almost 3 times the actual cost of this camera model!

    • Jun 5, 2015 at 6:00 AM

      This shop is A&B Audio & Video Center, Shop 5, Mirador Mansion, 54-56, Nathan Road, TST, Hong Kong
      BEWARE OF THIS SHOP AND MANY OTHER SIMILAR SHOPS AT NATHAN ROAD!

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    Oct 16, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Stayed on Nathan Rd. for a few days and what an annoying experience! For those who come to Hong Kong avoid this place. Walking on the street is unpleasant as the Indians (or sometimes Pakistani, I am not sure) constantly approached me to sell fake watches, tailor suits, offering cab services, food brochures, massaging and some other weird stuff. It really annoyed me. What a shame for Hong Kong pretending to be a modern city, but having such scum operating for years in a business area! I should have done my homework before staying on that street, as I would have never chosen that place.

  • May 16, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Do not buy any camera gear on Nathan Road in Kowloon, as not only will they try and rip you off, but a lot of it is fake, A shop called Full Wings Audio and Video sold me a fake Marumi ploariser, I should have checked it. It's just two pieces of tinted glass. They also have a nice selection of fake Nikon lenses.

  • Jan 10, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Everyone, please beware of PERFECT DIGITAL, a camera shop along Nathan Road in Hong Kong. This establishment is so much an expert in the 'BAIT & SWITCH' scheme, that if you step into their shop, they don't see you as a customer but rather, as a PREY that they could victimize. So word of advice, AVOID this establishment, as not doing so would definitely ruin your stay in Hong Kong.