Night Shopping At Sham Shui Po
13 March 2023
At the end of this month, we'll be moving to a new place. That being said, I have to pack my stuff slowly because I felt like I already have accumulated a lot here in HK. I even feel like I have to declutter some, of those that aren't really necessary.
After attending a Flower Show yesterday (this will be posted soon), I opted to travel to Sham Shui Po. It's a place in Hong Kong where you can purchase less expensive goods like clothing, footwear, bags, luggage, electronics, household goods, and other products. In this city, there are also some thrifty shops.
The first thing I searched for was the luggage store as it was already night and I might not have enough time. Some stores were already closing when I reached the place. I was looking for small luggage in rose-gold color to match my large one but it appeared like the majority of the small luggage that was being sold at the store was of poor quality. Even though I am looking for less expensive items, I also consider the quality.
In the end, I decided to choose teal blue since I think it's lovely and of higher quality. As I have a feminine personality, I choose eye-pleasing warm or pastel colors. I was surprised upon seeing the SM Store tag with a Philippine money price.
From P5,999 to P2,999 in the Philippines then became HK$200 in HK which is equivalent to more or less P1,400. It was such a big discount, right?
Just a little fact about SM Store.
It is run by the largest shopping retail operator in the Philippines founded by Henry Sy, Sr. in 1958 which started as a small shoe store. After 20 years, he began buying supermarkets and opening SM Megamall in the 1990s. Then in 2005, the inauguration of SM Investments Corporation began. Source
This company is the 2nd largest and the family of Henry Sy is the richest.
Going back to my early #MarketFriday...
After buying my luggage I had a little tour. This market is similar to Street Market Of Prince Edward with an array of outdoor shops selling different merchandise, gadgets, and homewares. But the prices of items there are less expensive. Meanwhile, some Indonesians were selling ready-packed food for dinner.
As I made my way back to the station, several merchants, most likely illegal ones, had their items spread out on the ground. There were branded clothing, shoes, and bags that appeared to be imitations or A-class since they were offered at extremely low prices. Yet, I cannot deny the fact that some items are of good quality.
Several illegal merchants in Hong Kong would emerge at night, and thrifty customers would take advantage of it. Those who were able to get good ones are lucky. Some vendors even charge less for things that are original but have factory defects. Some vendors sell pre-loved items. I did purchase some items from those nighttime vendors, and so far, they are still in good condition up until now. One of those is my Adidas shoes I usually use for hiking. A slightly used original shoes I bought for only HK$40 or US$5.10. It was after some bargaining, lol.
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They call those “fose” or “store rejects” here and discount them at very good prices. People here capitalize on the discounts and some people prefer those ones to the original thing because they’re a lot cheaper.
I don’t have luck buying these discounted goods. Maybe it’d because I think I’m getting scammed every time I hear something selling for a price lower than what it should he selling at. Or that whatever I’m buying is low quality (which it most likely really is in most cases).
Yup.. The factory defects, but are still in good condition...
Things can be used longer if you take care of them, regardless of the brand,haha..
Woah! It is a bargain hahaha kung pwede lang po pumuntang HK just to shop 😂
Haha.. Hndi rin, minsan lang yan..kadalasan, ang.mahal 🤣
Nice, I holt you got best quality things
Oh yeah, travel basics products are somehow cheaper compared to well known brands. However, I can say it was not poor quality.
I love their backpacks!
My first time buying this brand..so far, the quality isn't bad compared to others sold in the shop.
I like the color of the suitcase you bought.
But I must confess, these kinds of stores overwhelm me and when I go I find it difficult to get something I like. I think I've lost practice in looking for bargains since I don't go much shopping lately hehe ;)
Yup...The more choices there are, the harder it is to decide. Rose-gold was my first pick in color. But as soon as the lady picked that up and I checked it too, I loved it and quickly replaced the first one I chose before the lady get it 🤣.. !LADY
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Ay nagshopping sila hehe! Surprising that a Php tagged suitcase ended up in HK hehe. Glad you found something you need. Hirap magbawas ng gamit kaya d ako ngsho-shopping these days, lol!
Mas mahirap mag impaki haha.. Hndi nmn kalakihan kwrto ko lol . mas malaki pa kwrto ko sa pinas 🤣
Easy to pack pag marami ka lalagyan haha. And mahirap na ulit when unpacking, lol!
So many choices!!! Which one to select??!!! Oi! I like the teal color! O tried tp get a unique suitcase set, but on the feminine side. It is so difficult when you are flying nowadays to not get confused with your own bags! The conveyer belt - they look all alike, even when they have something hanging off them to help with identifying!
Did you find Philippine goods in Hong Kong? Sounds like it isn't unusual. I always thought the Philippines was a better buy, but perhaps it is Hong Kong that has the better price on upscale merchandise.... or maybe it is so long that I don't travel overseas! Yikes! I need to get that card punched soon.
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There are Philippines products sold here, but usually food and other goods... Didn't expect to see luggage as well..and it even came from a huge shop in the Philippines with a Ph tag price 😅. The teal color stood out there and it was the only one left so I didn't hesitate to buy it..hehe
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