Kong has the reputation of being every shopper's paradise. From
morning until late at night, shopping malls are open and filled
with avid shopaholics. Being a popular international port, Hong
Kong is always abreast with the ever-changing fashion and trends.
The latest trends are, more often than not, indirectly displayed
by the stylish Hong Kong people on the city streets. The region
boasts a remarkable range of international department stores offering
up-to-the-minute designer styles and off-the-peg fashions. Most
of these department stores are strategically located in the same
vicinity, thus enabling shoppers to find what they are looking for
easily and quickly at a reasonable price.
shopping in Hong Kong, do not get carried away by the varieties
offered and buy impulsively. There are numerous stores that sell
almost the same products, but at different prices. A smart shopper
should always keep these two things in mind:
1. Look around to compare prices before making a decision
to buy, especially for expensive products.
2. Always deal with reputable establishments, such as members
of the Hong Kong Tourist Association (identifiable by the logo of
a red junk displayed on the premises).
Shoppers should be
wary when purchasing goods that come with guarantees. This applies
mainly to electrical goods. Make sure you get an international guarantee
and not just a local Hong Kong guarantee. Cheap electrical goods
may not necessarily come with a guarantee. Usually, local retailers
will not take responsibility for faulty goods; instead, shoppers
may just have to return them to the manufacturer for repairs.
always be more cautious when shopping in Hong Kong, as some retailers
may attempt to cheat a guileless tourist. However, the situation
has been brought under stricter control now, but it is always better
to be more cautious. Should you encounter any problems, do contact
the HKTA or Consumer Council at 2929 6111. These centers offer assistance
to dissatisfied consumers. Another alternative would be to call
the police, especially in cases where cheating was involved.
Bargaining is a popular
method of shopping in Hong Kong. However, most department stores
and retailers do not practice bargaining, but they will often slash
their prices during sales to attract customers. Sometimes one's
method of payment, such as cash, may even bring about a slight discount.
On the other hand, it is especially beneficial to have good bargaining
abilities at night markets. Although markets allows you to boast
your bargaining skills, it is good to remember that products sold
at these markets do not come with proper guarantees, as they are
sold at a much cheaper rate than in stores. A risk will incur as
purchases are non-returnable.