Hard to believe, right? I’d never been to an Apple store before in my life. Chinese people that hear this look at me in astonishment. Many of them tend to believe that Apple stores are like Starbucks. There’s one on every corner. But, my wife’s birthday is coming up on the 15th so I decided we’d take the train over to Hong Kong and pick up some of the new iPads, my opinion on it is coming up soon, and the place was really bizarre.
First of all, the store was located in the International Finance Center, the biggest skyscraper in Hong Kong and it was jam packed. There had to be at least 300-400 people browsing around with about 200 employees. Most of the shoppers weren’t potential buyers though. They just wanted to play on the shiny new computers. But we knew what we wanted so we marched in and told one of the sales people what we wanted.
“Hey, I’m looking for the 64GB iPad 3.”
“You mean the new iPad?”
“Ok. Have you ever been to an Apple store before?”
“Really!? Congratulations!” She grabbed my hand and shook it fiercely.
I had read an article on Business Insider about how the employees get indoctrinated and that whole handshake bit was really strange to me. It’s a computer store. That’s it. Don’t be so proud. Meh. Anyway, It ended up costing just over 11,000 HKD. Or 9,000 RMB. Or 1,440USD!!!!!!!!!! Now I have to start saving my money again. Urrrrgggg…
One more thing. Never buy your accessories from Apple. They overcharge like a mofo. I bought a case at a small retailer in Guangzhou for 70RMB that Apple tried to sell for 300 in HK. Always get it from small shops. Yeah, it might be fake. But chances are, it does the same thing.