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    I hit good discounts in all of the main chains here. Actually Shatin as mentioned above has all the chains on one floor in one area which makes comparisons very simple! I shop around and take the best deal - sometimes that is Fortress, sometimes Broadway, CMK, Gome, etc - although RIP Tailin......


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    Doesn't Fortress have a 7 day return policy if anything is faulty? After that go through the warranty.

    That's my experience anyway. I've bought loads of products from Fortress and only once had a problem, which when i returned back the next day I got a replacement after they tried out the product.


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    Most of the named large stores, have a 7 day return policy, I can't think of any of the stores mentioned during this thread, that don't....

    Its pretty universally accepted in HK with most if not all the HK authorised locally well known A/V retailers, just because expats don't usually shop at some due to never learning punti/Cantonese, doesn't mean heaps of local stores don't offer the same in store expectations. By not knowing Cantonese, it does seriously hinder getting a sensational deal.

    And Climber mentioned Stanley street early, which has to be Hong Kongs most expensive place to buy camera's lmfao....

    Get to know more HK local people, and you'll be exposed to where the real deals are, expats generally pay Sai Yan, prices, ie more than local..

    Last edited by Skyhook; 13-03-2009 at 10:16 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyhook
    There are heaps of alternatives, GOME, BEST, CMK and Chung Yuen Electrical
    As a frequent electronical goods window shopper, how could I forget these!

    Coming from the UK, I still prefer Amazon.co.uk to any of these high street retailers, price wise, Amazon is probably cheaper and have better offers, any friends or family visiting me, I tell them to not bother buying their new iPod or digital camera from over here as it's not cheaper. Exchange rate doesn't work in their favour now either.

    HK is not cheap as it use to be anyways.... ok going off topic...

    Back to the topic, I'm not too fond of local independent retailers, I've always preferred to pay a lil extra for the peace of mind, that's not to say local independent retailers aren't trustworthy etc.. it's just personal preference.

    I prefer Broadway myself as they have Joey doing their adverts : )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyrice

    Back to the topic, I'm not too fond of local independent retailers, I've always preferred to pay a lil extra for the peace of mind, that's not to say local independent retailers aren't trustworthy etc.. it's just personal preference.
    And that is what it boils down to, for some. ^^^^

    Some of these independents sell av gear worth $100K per component, like Home Theatre Pro Shop in Mong Kok, so I wouldn't use the size of the shop as anything to gauge if the shop is good or not.

    At least some of the smaller independents specialise in what they do, with a proper/spacious listening room that is quiet, access via appointment only and provide accurate well informed info.

    They wouldn't be an authorized Lexicon, Sunfire, Sim2 retailer if they were not well above par, and brands like that ( The Aston Martin end of Hi Fi ) don't supply places like Broadway or Fortress...It's a bit K Mart selling Cartier....but as long as you feel safer in your purchase, its all good....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyhook
    And that is what it boils down to, for some. ^^^^

    Some of these independents sell av gear worth $100K per component, like Home Theatre Pro Shop in Mong Kok, so I wouldn't use the size of the shop as anything to gauge if the shop is good or not.

    At least some of the smaller independents specialise in what they do, with a proper/spacious listening room that is quiet, access via appointment only and provide accurate well informed info.

    They wouldn't be an authorized Lexicon, Sunfire, Sim2 retailer if they were not well above par, and brands like that ( The Aston Martin end of Hi Fi ) don't supply places like Broadway or Fortress...It's a bit K Mart selling Cartier....but as long as you feel safer in your purchase, its all good....
    Generally people don't go into High Street Retail chains expecting to find high end products or for fantastic one on one customer service ('high street' does not equal 'high end' - for all those silly sausages out there), they go there for:

    • Your average Joe products (Hello Sony, hello Apple, hello Samsung) - products they can afford and kind of know how to use
    • Convenience (Time, Hassle) and
    • Piece of Mind

    And people like me like to have WYSIWYG prices/labels/tags whether that boils down to convenience, laziness, peace of mind, I don't know, it's how I am.

    If you're a bargain hunter or price sensitive you should not be shopping at High Street chain stores period.

    Internet - Hello price transparency!

    For specialised goods, you should go to specialised retailers for sure.

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    to the person who red-blobbed me for my remark regarding hsbc... do you not have a sense of humour?

    ps> i'm expecting another one... bring it on!


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    I am no FOB. I have been here since '99. And I am a woman. ANYWAYZ, it was a JVC ipod doc that worked with the cord in it but not by itself with just the batteries. Because it worked with the cord in it, they considered it a working object. Then they sold me an HP printer cartridge that immediately started printing stripes. When I fussed, they looked at me cross-eyed. Broadway is cool but they don't take Amex and are always out of stuff. I am glad that everyone else here has had good experiences though.


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    from original poster, cont.

    I meant JBL. Threw it away ages ago. Anyway, don't want to throw salt on JVC.


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    Quote Originally Posted by fergie
    I am no FOB. I have been here since '99. And I am a woman. ANYWAYZ, it was a JVC ipod doc that worked with the cord in it but not by itself with just the batteries. Because it worked with the cord in it, they considered it a working object. Then they sold me an HP printer cartridge that immediately started printing stripes. When I fussed, they looked at me cross-eyed. Broadway is cool but they don't take Amex and are always out of stuff. I am glad that everyone else here has had good experiences though.
    it's is possible that the batteries are just for backing up information, not actually powering up the unit, try next time to look for a battery operated getto blaster/portable hi fi with ipod attachment.

    did you research before buying?

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