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Tips for Buying Electronics in Hong Kong

Tips and Guide

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Nathan Road, Hong Kong
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Buying electronics in Hong Kong's legendary electronic shops that line Nathan Road and the Mongkok areas is an age-old pilgrimage. Hong Kong has long been a prime destination for hawk-eyed shoppers to buy cheap electronics. While most of the owners are honest brokers, the area does have its rogues. We guide you through the do's and dont's for buying electronics in Hong Kong/

  • Open the Box -
  • If purchasing from a smaller shop, make sure you take away exactly what you bought. Under counter switches aren't as popular as urban myth makes out, but aren't unheard of. You should read our full guide to bait and switch in Hong Kong to make sure you don't fall for the scam.
  • Compatibility -
  • Make sure the equipment is compatible with your home country, eg PAL/NTSC, Dual Band vs Tri-Band phones. Additionally, check the voltage is compatible - unless you like your electronic equipment fried.
  • Take Away -
  • Is the product available in your home country? If it's not, repairing it in your home country will prove difficult, and will make a not insignificant dent in your bank account. Also find out about whether the shop guarantee will be valid in your home country.
  • Price Check -
  • If you are heading to some of the smaller shops, be sure to get a base from one of Hong Kong's major retailers, such as Fortress. This let you know what price you're looking for and exactly what's a bargain and isn't.
  • Bargain Hard -
  • This is a must in independent stores. Prices are usually set artificially high and if you don't bargain you may as well be mugging yourself.
  • Walk Away -
  • Last of all, if you feel pressured, walk away. There are plenty of other shops where you can part with your hard-earned cash.

    Now you're armed with the tips and hints above, check out our where to buy electronics in Hong Kong article, to find out where to pick up a bargain.

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