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Apple's Massive New Hong Kong Store with 30-Foot Tall Glass Windows Leads Next Weekend's Grand Openings

Apple today officially revealed that its new Causeway Bay retail store at Hysan Place will open this Saturday, becoming the company's third store in Hong Kong. The new store is a massive flagship location, as evidenced by the company's use of "curtain" graphics on the facade as is typically reserved for Apple's most significant openings.


Panorama of Causeway Bay facade with "curtain" graphics (Thanks, Anson!)
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The new store will cover three levels and has been reported to encompass approximately 20,000 square feet of space, with the facade including 30-foot tall glass windows currently covered by the curtain graphics. Playing upon the large facade, Apple's tagline for the premiere is "An opening you simply can't miss."

The new Causeway Bay store is not the only location seeing a grand opening next weekend, as the MixC Chengdu store in Chengdu, China will also be opening on Saturday, December 15. Like the Causeway Bay store, the Chengdu store had previously been profiled as part of Apple's major retail store push into its Greater China market.

Apple is also opening its new Fountain Gate store near Melbourne, Australia on Saturday and will be Apple's fourth location in the state of Victoria.

Update: Apple will also be opening its Emporia store in Malmö, Sweden on Saturday, becoming the company's second store in the country exactly three months after the Täby Centrum store outside of Stockholm debuted.

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18 months ago
It makes SENSE that Apple is making such a HUGE push opening so many stores in ONE CITY given that Hong Kong offers Apple its HIGHEST PROFIT MARGINS in the world.

Why? Hong Kong Island is ONLY 26 miles away from the Foxconn plant in Shenzhen that assembles and packages Apple products.

So instead of shipping their products, say, 7,000 miles from Shenzhen, China to the western border of the US, with the shipping cost BUILT INTO the retail prices of their products, Apple just needs to send their products in a TRUCK for less than the hour commute between Shenzhen and Hong Kong.

AND ironically Apple products are MORE EXPENSIVE in Hong Kong than in the US, even further BOOSTING Apple's profit margin beyond just keeping what it saves on shipping.

And given that there is NO SALES TAX in Hong Kong, Apple doesn't have to ADJUST its retail prices in Hong Kong to accommodate sales taxes like it does in mainland China, so its profit margins are higher in Hong Kong than ANY OTHER major Chinese city.

And given Hong Kong shares a border with Shenzhen, there's less costs for Apple shipping to Hong Kong than to even mainland Chinese cities Shanghai or Beijing.

So for all the people complaining that Apple is screwing them with their high prices for Chinese made goods, just take note of the fact that Apple is SCREWING THE CHINESE even more!
Rating: 14 Positives
18 months ago

Apple products are actually cheaper here than they are in the USA, check their website if you don't believe me.


What are you talking about???

http://store.apple.com/hk/browse/home/shop_iphone/family/iphone5

iPhone 5 16GB - HK$5,588

According to TODAY'S conversion rate on XE, is USD$729.03.

http://www.xe.com/ucc/convert/?Amount=5588&From=HKD&To=USD

The announced price in the US is USD$649. How is the Hong Kong price NOT more expensive than in the US???


The iPad Mini 16GB is HK$2,588.

http://store.apple.com/hk/buy/home/shop_ipad/family/ipad_mini

That coverts to USD$333.93 using today's exchange rate on XE.

http://www.xe.com/ucc/convert/?Amount=+2588&From=HKD&To=USD

In the US it's USD$329. How is it again that "Apple products are actually cheaper [in Hong Kong] than they are in the USA"?


The iPad 4? It's HK$3,888 for the 16GB model.

http://store.apple.com/hk/buy/home/shop_ipad/family/ipad

According to XE, that's the equivalent to USD$501.67.

http://www.xe.com/ucc/convert/?Amount=3888&From=HKD&To=USD

In the US? USD$499.

So you're WRONG on EVERY count, and NO, I certainly DON'T BELIEVE YOU and I suggest YOU "check their website".
Rating: 8 Positives
18 months ago

It makes SENSE that Apple is making such a HUGE push opening so many stores in ONE CITY given that Hong Kong offers Apple its HIGHEST PROFIT MARGINS in the world.

Why? Hong Kong Island is ONLY 26 miles away from the Foxconn plant in Shenzhen that assembles and packages Apple products.

So instead of shipping their products, say, 7,000 miles from Shenzhen, China to the western border of the US, with the shipping cost BUILT INTO the retail prices of their products, Apple just needs to send their products in a TRUCK for less than the hour commute between Shenzhen and Hong Kong.

AND ironically Apple products are MORE EXPENSIVE in Hong Kong than in the US, even further BOOSTING Apple's profit margin beyond just keeping what it saves on shipping.

And given that there is NO SALES TAX in Hong Kong, Apple doesn't have to ADJUST its retail prices in Hong Kong to accommodate sales taxes like it does in mainland China, so its profit margins are higher in Hong Kong than ANY OTHER major Chinese city.

And given Hong Kong shares a border with Shenzhen, there's less costs for Apple shipping to Hong Kong than to even mainland Chinese cities Shanghai or Beijing.

So for all the people complaining that Apple is screwing them with their high prices for Chinese made goods, just take note of the fact that Apple is SCREWING THE CHINESE even more!


I hate this Apple policy. Greedy outside the USA! :mad:
Rating: 6 Positives
18 months ago

HK apple products are cheapest in the world. did you even do any research before making outlandish comments?


HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! "HK apple products are cheapest in the world""??? You are CLUELESS. Read my previous post with LINKS completely disproving your "outlandish comment".

YOU are the one that should do some "research" before completely EMBARRASSING yourself!


... sales tax is added before the price is advertised, unlike in america (where the consumer sees it).


WRONG AGAIN! There is NO SALES TAX in Hong Kong other than on alcohol and cigarettes.

http://www.discoverhongkong.com/nz/plan-your-trip/know-hong-kong/frequently-asked-questions.jsp

Seriously, do some fact-checking before making yourself look like a TOTAL JOKE! :D


errr, have you any idea how hostile it is between China and Hong Kong?.....


:D:D:D:D

Are you SERIOUS???? Hong Kong is a PART OF CHINA!!!! Wow. The ignorance on this thread (and by extension this ENTIRE BOARD) is ASTOUNDING. You TRULY are an embarrassment to us Apple users.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong

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Don't use CAPITAL LETTERS so much, it looks REALLY LAME!!!!111!!


Not as LAME as not knowing how to USE the SHIFT KEY. What on earth is "!!!!111!!"? :rolleyes:

And why NINE "attempted" exclamation marks? That's way more LAME than using capitalization for EMPHASIS. :D
Rating: 5 Positives
18 months ago

Wow, you are truly EMBARRASSING yourself even MORE.

Read the post above you or perhaps follow the thread a little more closely as your stolen "argument" (from "haruhiko") has already been DEBUNKED.

Plus who do you think you're FOOLING? You're trying to CHANGE your argument so to not look like such a fool and yet you actually are looking MORE like a fool by doing so.

This is EXACTLY what you wrote which I replied to:



Yes, I did EXACTLY that, showing you LINKS from the Apple WEBSITES (HK and US) which showed you were WRONG.

And not only did you NOT mention Hong Kong having no "sales tax" in your post (which is something I BROUGHT UP in my original post), but sales taxes are NOT listed on Apple's website either, which directly CONTRADICTS your "revised" argument.

Nice job buddy! :p

AND please tell me, in WHICH US state are the state AND local SALES TAXES COMBINED at least 12.3%?

Because that's the MINIMUM they would NEED to be for the unlocked iPhone 5 in the US being priced at USD$649 to be even the SAME price as it would be in Hong Kong, which is the equivalent of USD$729.03, much less be MORE EXPENSIVE like YOU CLAIM.

I tell you which US state has combined state and local sales taxes at 12.3% or higher - NO US STATE!

The HIGHEST applicable sales taxes in the US for the iPhone 5 would be in Illnois, which combined MAX state and local sales taxes would be 11.5%. Even with these sales taxes, buying the iPhone in the US would STILL be LESS EXPENSIVE than purchasing it in Hong Kong.

Now if one bought their iPhone 5 in New Hampshire, which has ZERO sales taxes for BOTH state AND local, then the iPhone 5 would cost USD$80 LESS than it would in Hong Kong!

Good one buddy! :D

So not ONLY did you try to CHANGE your "argument", but the "argument" you changed to is STILL WRONG!!! :rolleyes:

And despite all this, it STILL doesn't address the original point I was making, which is about Apple's PROFIT MARGIN in Hong Kong versus other countries including the US. Sales taxes DON'T FACTOR in Apple's profit margins because they go to their respective governments where the products were purchased, NOT Apple.


Capitalizing every other word does not make you look smarter.
Rating: 4 Positives
18 months ago


AND ironically Apple products are MORE EXPENSIVE in Hong Kong than in the US, even further BOOSTING Apple's profit margin beyond just keeping what it saves on shipping.

Apple products are actually cheaper here than they are in the USA, check their website if you don't believe me.

HK apple products are cheapest in the world. did you even do any research before making outlandish comments?

And given that there is NO SALES TAX in Hong Kong, Apple doesn't have to ADJUST its retail prices in Hong Kong to accommodate sales taxes like it does in mainland China, so its profit margins are higher in Hong Kong than ANY OTHER major Chinese city.

... sales tax is added before the price is advertised, unlike in america (where the consumer sees it).

And given Hong Kong shares a border with Shenzhen, there's less costs for Apple shipping to Hong Kong than to even mainland Chinese cities Shanghai or Beijing.

errr, have you any idea how hostile it is between China and Hong Kong?.....
Rating: 4 Positives
18 months ago

Looking at your past posts, you clearly hate Apple - question: is this a hobby for you to frequent MacRumors and bash Apple and others? It's quite transparent.


Yes, I hate Apple so much I've had numerous MacBooks, 2 iPads, every iPhone that's come out, numerous iPods, and various Apple and Mac desktops throughout the years since the Apple 2+ including the Lisa and the ORIGINAL Macintosh.

If I mentioned Lemonade Stand, you'd have NO CLUE what I was talking about, would you? What was YOUR first Apple product, the iPod mini? :p

But oh, if anyone says anything FACTUAL about Apple, they must HATE Apple right? :rolleyes:

WRONG! It's called "thinking for yourself". You should try that sometime.
Rating: 3 Positives
18 months ago

I really don't feel like arguing with you since so many people already explained to you that there are no sales taxes in HK and that the US prices do not include the sales taxes. If you include them, it makes it more expensive. If you arbitrarily don't want to count them of course then its up to you. I'm going to arbitrarily not count the premium for 64gb over 16gb, and I'm going to not count the premium for 4g over wifi iPads: oh look, 64gb 4G iPads are now so cheap!


Wow, you are truly EMBARRASSING yourself even MORE.

Read the post above you or perhaps follow the thread a little more closely as your stolen "argument" (from "haruhiko") has already been DEBUNKED.

Plus who do you think you're FOOLING? You're trying to CHANGE your argument so to not look like such a fool and yet you actually are looking MORE like a fool by doing so.

This is EXACTLY what you wrote which I replied to:

Apple products are actually cheaper here than they are in the USA, check their website if you don't believe me.


Yes, I did EXACTLY that, showing you LINKS from the Apple WEBSITES (HK and US) which showed you were WRONG.

And not only did you NOT mention Hong Kong having no "sales tax" in your post (which is something I BROUGHT UP in my original post), but sales taxes are NOT listed on Apple's website either, which directly CONTRADICTS your "revised" argument.

Nice job buddy! :p

AND please tell me, in WHICH US state are the state AND local SALES TAXES COMBINED at least 12.3%?

Because that's the MINIMUM they would NEED to be for the unlocked iPhone 5 in the US being priced at USD$649 to be even the SAME price as it would be in Hong Kong, which is the equivalent of USD$729.03, much less be MORE EXPENSIVE like YOU CLAIM.

I tell you which US state has combined state and local sales taxes at 12.3% or higher - NO US STATE!

The HIGHEST applicable sales taxes in the US for the iPhone 5 would be in Illnois, which combined MAX state and local sales taxes would be 11.5%. Even with these sales taxes, buying the iPhone in the US would STILL be LESS EXPENSIVE than purchasing it in Hong Kong.

Now if one bought their iPhone 5 in New Hampshire, which has ZERO sales taxes for BOTH state AND local, then the iPhone 5 would cost USD$80 LESS than it would in Hong Kong!

Good one buddy! :D

So not ONLY did you try to CHANGE your "argument", but the "argument" you changed to is STILL WRONG!!! :rolleyes:

And despite all this, it STILL doesn't address the original point I was making, which is about Apple's PROFIT MARGIN in Hong Kong versus other countries including the US. Sales taxes DON'T FACTOR in Apple's profit margins because they go to their respective governments where the products were purchased, NOT Apple.
Rating: 3 Positives
18 months ago

Yes the iPad is $501 in Hong Kong and it's plain $501 without any sales tax attached to it. So it will be more expensive in the States when you consider the actual payment.


Wow, you are truly MISSING the entire point.

I'm talking about Apple's profit margin here. The entire gist of my post is Apple's profit margins in Hong Kong are HIGHER than anywhere else in the world.

I went on to explain that Apple is able to achieve this because of the MUCH LOWERED shipping costs it needs to pay getting its products from its Foxconn manufacturing and packaging plant in Shenzhen to Hong Kong, which is just 26 miles away, rather than the US which is around 7,000 miles away on the West Coast.

And despite there being negligible shipping costs to Hong Kong compared to the US, Apple products are actually MORE EXPENSIVE in Hong Kong, which I provided examples in a later post.

So your point about how Apple products are more expensive in the US after factoring SALES TAX is IRRELEVANT because those taxes go to the government, not to Apple and contribute ZERO to Apple's profit margin on those products.

Do you understand now?

And please, with the iPhone 5, now Apple's most popular and highest revenue grossing product BY FAR, costing around USD$80 MORE in Hong Kong than in the States, sales tax or not, it's still FAR more EXPENSIVE buying in Hong Kong than in the US.
Rating: 3 Positives
18 months ago

WRONG! Not only did I list EXAMPLES (as in PLURAL) where Apple products are MORE EXPENSIVE in Hong Kong than in the US, but YOU DID AS WELL!

Look at your OWN listing for iPad 4. :rolleyes:

So please EXPLAIN how "Apple products are not more expensive in Hong Kong except the iPhone 5"???

And yes, I was RIGHT that Hong Kong DOES NOT have a sales tax, but you MISSED the WHOLE POINT I mentioned it which is the fact that the rest of mainland China DOES have a sales tax.

And given Apple is actually charging LESS for its products in mainland China than in Hong Kong once the sales tax is removed from the retail price, that means Apple has an even HIGHER PROFIT MARGIN in Hong Kong than it does in the REST of CHINA.

This is also why I mentioned the proximity of Shenzhen, where Apple products are assembled and packaged, to Hong Kong given than Hong Kong is even CLOSER to Shenzhen than the rest of mainland China, even though Hong Kong technically is NOT part of "mainland China', but rather a "special administrative region" of the PRC.

And how does ANY of your "arguments" address my POINT which is "It makes SENSE that Apple is making such a HUGE push opening so many stores in ONE CITY given that Hong Kong offers Apple its HIGHEST PROFIT MARGINS in the world"?


Yes the iPad is $501 in Hong Kong and it's plain $501 without any sales tax attached to it. So it will be more expensive in the States when you consider the actual payment.
Rating: 3 Positives

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