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  1. #11

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    You can easily get GF food here (e.g. Marks and Spencers) but it will come at a price.

    I eat a lot of grains and pulses and was shocked to see the prices here, double (or more) than back in the UK. Nuts are also pretty pricey here. I used to buy my grains in bulk through Amazon back home, you can still do that here but postage is expensive. iHerb are good but they don't match quantity for price as US or UK Amazon do (postage notwithstanding). I brought bags of grains and nuts over as my company paid for shipping too - I also do an Amazon order for guests and have them bring stuff out.

    Not sure if you eat nut butters, those are expensive here. I used to, again, buy in bulk in the UK but no way of doing that here. iHerb is cheaper than local HK stores but expensive compared to UK. Decent olive oil, balsamic etc too.

    Basically anything that isn't a fruit or vegetable, bring with you. Don't bring wine, you can find stores here that sell decently priced wine and it's not as bad as you think.

    Also deodorant, they don't sell my brand here in HK so you might want to check that too if you're loyal to a specific brand.

    Good luck with your move!

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    Quote Originally Posted by misshappy26:
    I brought bags of grains and nuts over as my company paid for shipping too - I also do an Amazon order for guests and have them bring stuff out.
    Basically anything that isn't a fruit or vegetable, bring with you. Don't bring wine, you can find stores here that sell decently priced wine and it's not as bad as you think.
    Also deodorant, they don't sell my brand here in HK so you might want to check that too if you're loyal to a specific brand.

    Good luck with your move!
    I have used (& loved!) iHerb in the past and found them a little pricey but I was willing to pay the price - I am sure I will be thankful for them again after my stocks run out!
    I had heard the wine selection was a little dire in HK( for what you pay for) but good to know there are options. Living in Latin America right now I am spoilt with good Chilean & Argentinean wines so thought I might have to pack a crate
    I appreciate your feed back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enzos:
    Open mind, check!
    Thanks for the tech low down, attached is the info for my smart tv- looks like it is it good to go no?
    Attachment 71291
    Its a MEXICAN TV, our border walls say NO lol
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  4. #14

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckster007:
    Its a MEXICAN TV, our border walls say NO lol
    busted!

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    You can also shop to your heart's content on Amazon US and such and use a freight forwarder to send over to HK. Even with handling fees (consolidation and such) and shipping it still always works out MUCH cheaper than buying stuff in Hong Kong. Plus the quality will be (much!) better because it's export quality and not made for the China market like most of the crap you will buy here. Even Ikea quality is far inferior compared to what we were used to in Europe and US.

    Electronics I often buy cheaper on Amazon UK or Amazon De as you won't have issues with voltage-and again-better quality than what you buy here.

    The good thing about HK is you won't have to pay any duty or VAT on anything you import so no added costs. We use a freight forwarder in Oregon btw so no US sales tax either.

    In hindsight I would have brought over as much as we could have possibly fit into our flat here, whether it be furniture, appliances, clothes, electrical or toiletries. Even now after six years, the only shopping I do in HK is our groceries!

    Good luck with your move and welcome to HK!

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  6. #16

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    Queso

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  7. #17

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    Fresh air, good weather, quality homes and manners - can't seem to find those here

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  8. #18

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    Clothes. Shoes. Anything not midget sized

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    Adult toys are expensive in HK. Just sayin.......

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  10. #20

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    Shoes. Especially if you wear a larger size and/or if you have specific running shoes you like.
    Kitchen gadgets. There are numerous threads on GXP from folks seeking a specific kitchen gadget. I remember the Great Potato Masher Panic of 2011 - a lot of tears were shed over those.
    Dog supplies. If your dog is on the larger end of the spectrum, you'll want to bring an extra harness or collar. Get a supply of flea/tick/heartworm meds to bring along
    Bed linens. I've heard a lot of people complain about the selection/prices in HKG and I believe the Queen size bed in HKG is shorter than the standard Queen size from the U.S.
    Have you looked over this thread?
    https://geoexpat.com/forum/63/thread176969.html
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