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In the 70’s Hong Kong people was started to get used to men’s accessory such as “Perfumes”, That was a resistance to say “perfumes “ as this seems to be the patented terms for Women. The word Cologne Water was used instead. At the beginning of the 18th century, Italian expatriate Johann Maria Farina (1685–1766) created a new fragrance and named it Eau de Cologne ("water from Cologne"), after his new residence, Cologne. In the course of the 18th century, this fragrance became increasingly popular. Aclamation of Farina about Mülhens, Frankfurter Nachrichtsblätter 20. September 1805In 1881, the grandson of Wilhelm Mülhens, Ferdinand Mülhens, was ordered by a court not to use the company name Farina ever again. He then chose his 1797-1811 house number, 4711, as a name for his brand and company. 4711 has a unique fragrance, light, refreshing, though not long lasting, best apply it onto your handkerchief. This is my favourite fragrance, the next is Old Spice!
This was sent by Marcus from Germany, a German Friend as I can not find any 4711 in Hong Kong.German Snob
There are a lot of shop selling Electrical Appliances such as handphone, Camera, computer and MP3, I am sure you can find many in the Tsim Sha Tsui Area.
I always wonder that there are some of them running in a abnormal way to get their profit.
As base on my observation, there are a lot of problems for them to earn money.
There are certain common points of the shop in general.
Usually there are a lot of fascinating neon or LED decorative light for the brand the are selling.
The sales staff does not wear any uniform
The Sales staff are wearing casual wear, never wear a tie
There are at least 6-12 staff in the shops
The Rent. Usually this kind of shop is situated on the most populated area along Nathan Road. The rent is very high, a shop of 300 Square feet may cost you about HKD$120,000-HKD200,000 a month.
Let me make some assumption on how they run the business.
Assuming they open every day, assume average rent per month is HKD$150,000.00
The Rent per day is HKD$5,000
Ten Staff each have a salary of HKD$12,000 a month, that is about HKD7,000 including P fund and medical coverage, bonus of 13th month salary.
Electricity about HKD$30,000 a month, that is HKD$1,000 a day.
The gross Profit margin of the electrical appliance is about 10-15% depending the discount and products they are selling.
For an example, a Nokia Handphone of selling price $4,000, the shop can earn about $500 before tax.
So if I assume the daily expenditure is HKD$13,000
So they have to sell min. 26 handphones a day and about 52 MP3 player or 30 Camera in average a day in order to break even, if they need to earn money, they have to sell min. 40 hand phone a day, that is a about 5 handphone an hour!
So this is my estimation only, in most of the cases, their price is marked up much higher than those shop in Mongkok like Broadway, Laser, Chung Yuan, Fortress..etc…
And only the foreigner who is the first time coming to Hong Kong Would go to the shop for shopping …
In order to remind the tourist that we have to be careful in shopping in these kind of shop…
1. Check if the shop is recommended by the HK Tourism Authority or good, there should have the label on the shop entrance area.
2. Compare the price first in other shop
3. Get the goods first and then pay
4. Make sure all the goods have been tested by yourself, watching them packed and all that operation is done on the desk. Do not leave your vision on the goods.
5. If they say there is no such model you want, simply cancel the order
6. Check if the goods are brand new…. Easy to find out from the packing material
7. Check the receipt address and name of the shop is same as on the Shops!
Hong Kong was once called the Shopping paradise in the 1970-1980 as at that time Hong Kong was a free port, as part of the British Government policy to attract form more tourism and foreign exchange, at that time the rent are must lower than it is today, so the running cost was low. And Most of the electronics, clothes, watches and jewelry were one of the cheapest in Asian Countries.
In 1990 and onward, the real estate price shot up and hit record high every the other two years. Till 1997, and the cost of running shop was becoming higher and higher due to the increasing rent of the shops and the salary of the staff, Hong Ko g was losing it attractiveness on retail sales. And only limited goods are still classified: bargain Purchases”.
Now, I think these are still quite comparative cheaper than other Asian Countries.
This is only my personal preference for shopping guide and I do not aver any benefit in introduction to friend for their shopping.
Electronics appliance- Broadway, Chung Yuan at Mongkok.
Esprit – Esprit Outlet at Tsim Sha Tsui at Hon Hau road.
Goldsmith- Chow Tai Fook.
Watches; Prince and Kowloon Watch Company.
2nd Hand Hi Fi Equipment – Tim Chi Commercial Centre at Mongkok.
Timberland, Polo, – Tung Chung Timber land outlet.
Used Vinyl – Sing Chai Commercial Centre 4th Floor.
Vacuum Tubes – Audiotronics Tak fat commercial building 3rd floor Mong Kok.
Rolex Watch- King Fook Nathan Road
Best Cantonese Food- Dynasty Restaurant Renaissance Hotel 4th floor
Best Place for Hiking, Lantao's Sunset hill or MacLehose Trail stage 3-4.
Best Dai Pai Don- Chui Wah
Best Dim Sum- Lee Garden Causeway bay
Best Indian Curry- Midland, opposite Shangri-La hotel, ground floor
Best Jewelry Shop – Tiffany & Co.
Best Tour company- Hong Tai
Best Winery- Vins, Watson’s Wine Cellar
Best Super Market- City Super Gateway Shopping centre TST…