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Edit:
Ok I've crunched some numbers and i want to see what you guys make of it.

On average (using jumbo-computer.com):

CPU's are anything from 15 - 20% cheaper there

Graphics cards are around 17% cheaper

and

motherboards anything from 10 - 40% cheaper depending on the brand
Asus being at the 10% end and MSI and XFX being at the 40% end...

[/Edit]

I wish we had some more generalized forums on here, but I guess here will have to do.

Right my situation is thus:

My father is going to china on company business for a couple of weeks next month. Now i believe it is widely accepted that electronics are cheaper over there than here in the UK. He has asked me if I want anything brought back as he will be missing my graduation and most likely my birthday...

Obviously there are a few risks involved.... ie the no warranty and no returns available...

So What i would like it suggestions as to what he may be able to get a deal on that is relatively risk free.... (if such a thing exists)

Thanks in advance.

I will have to check this thread in the morning as its late here lol.
Edited by Xye - 6/10/10 at 3:12pm
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Windy case. Better quality (from what I've seen and read) than LianLi.
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Windy case. Better quality (from what I've seen and read) than LianLi.
lol. Some how I think thats going to be a bit big to bring back tbh.

I was thinking something in the region of a CPU Mobo....?
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I did a little research and you can bring back £375 worth of electronics back untaxed....
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I'd say it would be worth it for him to pick up a few parts, just because of the price margine. Granted as you said there are no rebates or warranties so i would say don't go crazy on spending. What he could try is ordering items from neweggs chinese site and bringing them back and sense its through newegg you will most likely get rather good quality.
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I would suggest you bring back some HK Gold/Jewelry. My Dad had to travel to HK a few times on business and brought back amazing jade and gold jewelry the likes of which I have yet to see stateside. Exquisite workmanship at a fraction of what you'd expect to pay. Would make a good investment to hang onto for a while or even sell immediately at a profit.
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Can you clarify if its Hong Kong or Mainland? Hong Kong from my experience the electronics you get there in a retail store aren't THAT much cheaper. If mainland you'd probably need to know someone who's in on the manufacturing side of things to get components at a deep discount. Even then I'd say a bulk purchase would have to be made. Retail in the mainland is really sketchy especially if you purchase from anywhere other than large shopping centers/malls.

Anyway I agree with Cyber on the jewelry note. I've been reasearching for a while on the cheapest place to get a legit Rolex for my dad for his birthday and the legit retail stores in Hong Kong are they way to go. I'm probably going to buy one for him when I travel to Hong Kong for vacation later this year. Maybe you can get him to buy you a Rolex
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I'd say it would be worth it for him to pick up a few parts, just because of the price margine. Granted as you said there are no rebates or warranties so i would say don't go crazy on spending. What he could try is ordering items from neweggs chinese site and bringing them back and sense its through newegg you will most likely get rather good quality.
Pity i don't live in the US then. Please bare in mind that i am from the UK

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I would suggest you bring back some HK Gold/Jewelry. My Dad had to travel to HK a few times on business and brought back amazing jade and gold jewelry the likes of which I have yet to see stateside. Exquisite workmanship at a fraction of what you'd expect to pay. Would make a good investment to hang onto for a while or even sell immediately at a profit.
That kind of thing would be good if i were looking to make a little money but to be honest I'm not into art/decorative stuff. lol. I tend to prefer my presents more functional.

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Can you clarify if its Hong Kong or Mainland? Hong Kong from my experience the electronics you get there in a retail store aren't THAT much cheaper. If mainland you'd probably need to know someone who's in on the manufacturing side of things to get components at a deep discount. Even then I'd say a bulk purchase would have to be made. Retail in the mainland is really sketchy especially if you purchase from anywhere other than large shopping centers/malls.

Anyway I agree with Cyber on the jewelry note. I've been reasearching for a while on the cheapest place to get a legit Rolex for my dad for his birthday and the legit retail stores in Hong Kong are they way to go. I'm probably going to buy one for him when I travel to Hong Kong for vacation later this year. Maybe you can get him to buy you a Rolex
When you say they are not THAT much cheaper is that compared to US prices or UK prices?

And just to clarify he actually said he was going somewhere between Hong kong and Shanghai... Whether he will get to shanghai i don't know but i did a quick search and found there was a BEST BUY there....
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Ok I've crunched some numbers and i want to see what you guys make of it.

On average (using jumbo-computer.com):

CPU's are anything from 15 - 20% cheaper there

Graphics cards are around 17% cheaper

and

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Asus being at the 10% end and MSI and XFX being at the 40% end...
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Can you clarify if its Hong Kong or Mainland? Hong Kong from my experience the electronics you get there in a retail store aren't THAT much cheaper. If mainland you'd probably need to know someone who's in on the manufacturing side of things to get components at a deep discount. Even then I'd say a bulk purchase would have to be made. Retail in the mainland is really sketchy especially if you purchase from anywhere other than large shopping centers/malls.

Anyway I agree with Cyber on the jewelry note. I've been reasearching for a while on the cheapest place to get a legit Rolex for my dad for his birthday and the legit retail stores in Hong Kong are they way to go. I'm probably going to buy one for him when I travel to Hong Kong for vacation later this year. Maybe you can get him to buy you a Rolex
Heh, you just need to know where to look in Hong Kong... but of course, if you are a gweilo (i.e. foreign devil, aka "non-Chinese"), you may not be able to tap into the scene, and you may have to haggle a bit more.

I miss shopping in HK... It's like having the variety of online shopping in the states, but without the online shopping part. Like you can go look at stuff in the stores and whatnot...

Golden Shopping Center in the Sham Shui Po district and 298 Hennesy Road in the Wanchai district were my favorite places to go look for computer stuff...

They do tend to have different brands though - more Asian brands...
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