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Why I think Shenzhen is not a mecca for shopping

  • Posted in "Shopping & Fashion" Forum
  • Started on 15 Oct 2012 @ 1:42pm
  • Last Reply 16 Oct 2012 @ 12:20pm
  • #1

    Over the long weekend I went to Shenzhen with my girlfriend for a break (yep, from one city to another!) and was hoping to do some clothes shopping. We ventured into the Dongmen clothes market and were hoping for no brand clothes at a decent quality and at a much cheaper price.

    Instead we discovered cheap knock-offs of big brands and got harassed all the way round. All I could think was "the first time I put these in the wash they're going to shrink".

    The end result? We came back to Hong Kong and went to the usual haunts and went home satisfied!

    Were we missing a trick or is Shenzhen really not worth all the hype?

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  • Thumbnail_dsc01864 Amy P.
    • Join Date: Sep 2012
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    #2

    A 'break' in Shenzhen?? haha It's the most hectic, bustling place I know!
    No, weren't missing anything, I used to go as a little kid with mum and loved the jewellery section and fake Juicy etc.. But now I don't give shenzhen a second of my time. Its ok for little kids christmas shopping or if you want to go to the tailors and get your clothes copied in different materials but other than that, all the good little boutiques in hong kong are so much more worth the time and money!!

  • Thumbnail_372124_500182933_1169167599_s Scotty B.
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    #3

    Glad to know I'm not alone with my opinions!

  • Thumbnail_369760_505080739_1309795608_s Hughie D.
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    #4

    Yeh! Really good for visiting the tailors.. I once gave them a shirt with a really nice fit, had it copied 6 times in all different materials and then they even delivered it to HK so I didnt have to go back.

  • Thumbnail_372124_500182933_1169167599_s Scotty B.
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    #5

    Have you ever tried to get a "copy watch"?

  • Thumbnail_372604_500870688_1769329670_s Vanessa L.
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    #6

    I agree @Amy, I used to always go when I was younger - great costume jewellery, shoes, bags etc but over time (understandably) the prices in the Lo Wu shopping centre have risen so much so that I actually find the same stuff in Mong Kok, Prince Edward, Sham Shui Po, Tsim Sha Tsui for either much less or much better quality (then you don't mind paying more).

    Granted I'll still go up occasionally to get stuff tailored (the selection of fabrics is a lot more extensive and reasonably priced than HK) and definitely when it comes to buying kids stuff for the nieces & nephews. But nowadays going to Lo Wu has to be a "stealth shopping mission' because I hate dealing with the grabby nature of the shop keepers.

  • Thumbnail_369760_505080739_1309795608_s Hughie D.
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    #7

    Yes! Dont get the really cheap ones though.. If you go into the back rooms and pay a little bit more (but still the fraction of the price of an original) you can actually get quite decent quality ones.

    When I was younger, my mum bought me a really nice copy watch. I think she had paid about $500-$600 for it. The strap broke after a bit and she took it into a shop here to get it fixed and they were selling the original watch. It was such a good copy that the guy coudln't tell at first, it was only after her asked my mum how it had broken and she admitted that she bought it in Shen Zhen!