Shopping in Hong Kong for Electronics & Computers
The secret to getting a bargain on electronics goods in Hong Kong nowadays is simple, do your research. Get online, and now exactly the model you want, the specs and compare prices from the various stores and markets. Also, keep in mind that items from markets may be ‘grey imports’ or ‘parallel imports’ in that they are new and authentic but have been brought into the country privately rather than through manufacturers sales channel. What’s the issue? You may or may not have a factory warranty.
Even if you buy from a retail store, you may or may not have a warranty when you return to your home country. These are points to have clearly resolved before handing over any cash. Also, remember to add in the cost of a charging adapter that suits your country.
There’s also copies, remember, Shenzhen is just across the border, and it’s the capital of copy electronics manufacturing, so no doubt some of that comes into HK. Always get receipts, even take a photo of the stall (so you remember where you purchased it), do your research online, and you should be reasonably safe at these destinations.
The computer and electronics markets:
Wan Chai Computer Centre
Hardware, mobiles, laptops, ipads, accessories from most major brands like Dell, Lenovo, HP, Samsung, Apple etc. plus lots of generic. Read more
Address: 144 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
Golden Computer Centre
Software, hardware, and gaming. One of the larger markets. Read more
Address: 146 – 152 Fuk Wa Street, Sham Shui Po
New Capital Computer Plaza
A smaller market near Golden Computer Centre
Address: 85-89 Un Chau St, Sham Shui Po
Mong Kok Computer Centre
Several floors of hardware, mobiles, laptops, iPad, accessories from most major brands like Dell, Lenovo, HP, Samsung, Apple etc. plus lots of generic. There are also several photography gear stalls. Read more
Address: 8 Nelson Street, Mong Kok
Sin Tat Plaza
A small two level mobile phone and accessory market, there’s also many phone repair stalls. There’s seemingly a lot of copy/OEM/generic products here too that’s if you’re looking for something cheaper and willing to take a punt.
Address: 83 Argyle St, Mong Kok
New and Used photography gear including cameras, lenses, and accessories.
Address: 47-51 Shantung Street, Mong Kok
Star Computer City
A small group of stores, conveniently located near Victoria Harbor. Read More
Address: 3 Salisbury Rd 2nd fl, Star House, Tsim Sha Tsui
298 Computer Zone
Spanning several floors you can find just about every kind of gadget here, not as well known as Wan Chai Computer Centre or Golden Arcade but that may work in your favor with fewer crowds and hopefully lower prices. Be sure to haggle and mostly cash only.
Address: 298 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
Oriental 188 Shopping Centre
Focused on gaming, you can find games from all over the world and all types of consoles and accessories. You can find lots of other consumer electronics there too.
Address: 188 Wan Chai Rd
HK Electronics market map
Major Electronics and Electrical Retail Stores in HK
The benefit of these stores is the certainty regarding authenticity and after sales support.
Focused on photography gear, but also a large range of electronics (computers, pads, laptops, smart phones etc.). Various locations. http://www.broadway.com.hk/
All major brands (ie. Sony, Go Pro, LG, Pentax, Philips, Panasonic, Daikin, HTC, etc.). Various locations. http://www.cyeshop.com/
A major department store with several locations in major shopping areas. See their website for locations: http://www.fortress.com.hk
Electronics and home electrical. Various locations. http://www.cnsuning.com.hk/