A while ago someone was discussing a gigantic multistory cheap electronic warehouse or shopping centre in Hongkong or China or somesuch Could you please repost it? as someone I know is off overseas and is interested.
Thanks for the suggestions they are helpful but I was looking for the one that was discussed in glowing terms on this group a while back by a few people and googling will give a selection not the specific one
I provided the original post. Over the years they vary, and I have been visiting them for 15+ years. When I was there in April this year the best one was the Mongkok Computer Centre. Some years back it was the Golden Computer Centre. JERD
Thanks for info so far,I wish I could remember original discussion but it may have been last year,It could be one of the ones mentioned. What I mean is not only computers, The place I seem to remember discussed had all sorts of things electronic including components.
Akihabara of old was a fantastic place, when I first went there in 1980, the prices were 30% of Australian prices, and you could buy anything electronic there. Today the price differential would be no where near what it was, the dollar was 270 yen then rather than the 80 odd that it is today. It was easy to understand how Dick Smith became a millionaire. It is 15 years since I was last there, but I hear that it is only a shadow of what it was. the old market area where little stalls sold one particular type of component have been re-developed and the main business is anime fantasy shops.
That said, if I go back to Tokyo again, I'll head straight there to see how it has changed.
Went to all those places 3 months ago, very interesting to wander around, but I wouldn't say that the prices are enormously cheaper though, especially for computer parts. I bought a video card at Mon Kok, it was cheaper than at home but not a great difference.
Apliu street is something else - guys fixing mobile phones through microscopes to component level in street stalls! Amazing! but I didn't find too much to buy, just some little things, and you have to watch for fakes like the "200mW laser" that didn't even warm the skin on the back of my hand. Lots of $100 fake iPhones if that is your thing.
**Akihabara in Japan is well worth a visit. Sim Lim Tower in Singapore is fairly impressive and some good bargains to be found. Dunno about HK (I saw nothing when I was there, but I didn't look very hard) or China.