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Where to Buy Electronics in Shenzhen

SEG Electronics Market in Shenzhen

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Electronics in Shenzhen have been attracting penny pinching Hong Kongers for years but now tourists unimpressed by the marginal savings on electronics in Hong Kong have been venturing north of the border to take advantage of the cheaper price tags.

The answer to where to buy electronics in Shenzhen is simple, the SEG Electronics Market, reckoned by some to be the biggest market of its kind on the globe. The market is largely centred on two multi storey buildings, including the SEG Electronics Market building, and inside you’ll find each level stuffed with individual sellers. It’s impossible to estimate the amount of sellers but it is in the thousands rather than the hundreds.

On sale you’ll find everything from knock off microchips to Apple products Steve Jobs hasn’t seen yet. If it has electricity, you’ll find it here --- I pods and headphones, to flatscreen TVs and Blu-Ray players and Playstations and Wiis. However, the market’s real speciality is computer products, including an almost endless supply of laptops, both new and old, and of video cards, monitors and other hardware. While the selection tends to favour domestic brand goods, international brands are also easy to pick up. Large sections of the market are aimed at wholesale buyers but there are enough retailers selling to the public to fill any tech heads suitcase.

How Do I Get There?

The market can be found on Huaqiang Bei Lu and is best accessed by metro to Huaqianglu Station

Can I Do This In a Day Trip From Hong Kong?

Yes, day trips to Shenzhen from Hong Kong are very doable. You can take the Hong Kong to Shenzhen and there are special Shenzhen visas available for some nationalities.

Is It Cheap?

Yes, but don’t expect a steal. Retailers in the US and Europe, particularly online, are already very aggressive in offering deep discounts so prices won’t be massively different. That said, you can expect to pick up popular goods such as laptops, Playstation 3 and audio equipment up to 10-30% cheaper, depending on the item. Hardware for computers is probably the most competitively priced area.

But Will I Get Ripped Off?

It is a possibility. Tourist prices, limited warranties and a language barrier are just some of the problems you’re likely to face when buying products at SEG. Read more on How to Shop for Electronics in Shenzhen to make sure you get the Microsoft microchip you wanted and not a vintage processor fished out of a 1981 Atari St.
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