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zbot69
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Where Do The Old New Cameras Go To Die?

Sun Dec 20, 2009 1:20 pm

Hong Kong's a great place if you want camera accessories for throw-away prices. Pretty good deal on new consumer electronics if you know where to shop (Wing Shing Photo Supplies for all your camera needs: take the MTR to Mong Kok, exit D3, right side of the street, can't miss it... they have several stores, but the store nearest the D3 MTR exit is the original store... you can Google it...) ... go to Ap Liu Street in Shamshiupo (MTR, exit A2) for all your photography accessories, camera bags, tripods, filters, you-name-it... all good and well... but there's one place where Hong Kong is sorely lagging... as soon as the newest product lines hit the store shelves _everyone_ in town bags their old inventory overnight. For example: one night you can throw a rock in TST and hit a Canon 5D frame... 2 days later not a single one to be found in the entire territory because the MkII has walzed into town. No discounted 5D's, no "final sales" 5D's... nothing... never... they're just all gone. And those were most certainly not all converted sales and depleted inventories. Not by a long shot.

What on earth do all these shops do with all the hardware they were never able to offload? The stuff is gone overnight and usually you can locate something within a phone call or two, for the "old" lines, it's just gone. Swallowed hole by the great camera goblin.

Anyone in that field of expertise who can enlighten me?

As always, much thx in advance!
 
petertenthije
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RE: Where Do The Old New Cameras Go To Die?

Sun Dec 20, 2009 2:47 pm

Don't know about Hong Kong, but I got my 30D when the 40D was already released (and just 3 weeks before the 50D was released  banghead  ). I got it at a regular store, but you would not find it in the displays. Instead the store offered it through their online store.
 
zbot69
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RE: Where Do The Old New Cameras Go To Die?

Sun Dec 20, 2009 3:36 pm

Hey Peter... ben jij echt een Boschenaar of is dat zo maar een grap met dat "Oeteldonk?"

Thanks for the quick reply dude! But indeed, that is not how they play the game in Hong Kong. As soon as I have to step on a plane to start scouting for anything the air ticket is going to offset any price advantage I scope on the deal. I wasn't necessarily even shopping, now I'm just curious where these guys disappear their inventory. I've noticed this phenomenon for years and can never get a straight answer from the shopkeeps. It's not just cameras. They do this here with all consumer electronics. Flatscreens, puters, laptops... soon as the latest lines hit the stores, the "passe" models disappear.

Houdoe en hou ze taai!!!!
 
petertenthije
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RE: Where Do The Old New Cameras Go To Die?

Sun Dec 20, 2009 4:01 pm

check your PM box
 
zbot69
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RE: Where Do The Old New Cameras Go To Die?

Sun Dec 20, 2009 4:50 pm

Got it, thx! I emailed you... restricted privileges blah blah blah....

Btw... anyone who can weigh in on the mysterious-disappearing inventory, don't be shy. I'm still curious.


Cheers!
 
G-CIVP
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RE: Where Do The Old New Cameras Go To Die?

Sun Dec 20, 2009 11:25 pm

Retailers generally know when Canon are going to release the latest version of a particular line, mainly as it becomes increasingly difficult to obtain the current model from the manufacturer!

As for photography shops in Mong Kok and Kowloon, the UK guide books say 'avoid' to avoid being ripped off with counterfeit goods or over pricing.
 
zbot69
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RE: Where Do The Old New Cameras Go To Die?

Mon Dec 21, 2009 4:33 pm



Quoting G-CIVP (Reply 5):
Retailers generally know when Canon are going to release the latest version of a particular line, mainly as it becomes increasingly difficult to obtain the current model from the manufacturer!

Thanks, doesn't answer my question.

Quoting G-CIVP (Reply 5):
As for photography shops in Mong Kok and Kowloon, the UK guide books say 'avoid' to avoid being ripped off with counterfeit goods or over pricing.

Sage advice. Avoid being ripped off. Amen to that.

Check this out... wanna avoid being ripped off with counterfeit goods or over pricing? Try Wing Shing Photo Supplies (MTR Mongkok Station, exit D3, rightside of the road, can't miss it... better yet... Google it).

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