10 Shopping Tips In China
Here are 10 shopping tips that a person needs to remember while shopping in China. While there are many steals and deals available, be sure to keep an eye out for anything too good to be true. Let's take a look at the ten shopping tips in China.
- Take your time. Do not rush to buy everything in one day because every city in China has its own specialty.
- Knock-off/Fakes. The old adage rings true even in China, "if something is too good to be true then chances are it is!" For example, if you stumble upon a Chanel bag that has a retail price (in dollars) of $10, something isn't right. Also, be aware that some antiques are not meant for exportation so keep your receipts to all your transactions.
- Bargaining. This is a pastime in China. A consumer can get some great deals by putting in a little work. Be sure to pay attention to the import restrictions and duty schedules of your particular country.
- Window shopping? Its okay to say no. Most visitors to the area think that shopping is an obligation when in fact its not. Take your time looking until you find something that interests you.
- Money Exchange. Check with your debit/credit card company to check the availability of cash machines in China. Its useful to carry an international currency such as Dollars, Euros, or Yen to fall back on should you not be able to reach any ATMs in the area.
- Cash is King. Outside hotels, credit card transactions are very infrequent.
- Stay alert. Beware of pickpockets. Locals can sniff out visitors/tourists and will sometimes make them a target. If able, place your money in difficult to reach places.
- Be fair. If you're trying to get an item for a ridiculously cheap price then think about this. Most merchants depend on tourist markups to survive. So if the price is not outrageously high, go ahead and pay. It might make a world of difference to a poor merchant.
Tour guide for free. Beware of anyone who wants to show you around for free. Oftentimes, they will guide you to places where they hope you will make purchases. Stay alert.
- Larger Items. Beware of shipping larger items and understand how it will get to your front door. Most places in China ship by sea because it is the cheapest.
Posted on: Apr. 30, 2010