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.
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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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Top Rated Comments
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!
What are you talking about???
iPhone 5 16GB - HK$5,588
According to TODAY'S conversion rate on XE, is USD$729.03.
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.
That coverts to USD$333.93 using today's exchange rate on XE.
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.
According to XE, that's the equivalent to USD$501.67.
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".
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!
WRONG AGAIN! There is NO SALES TAX in Hong Kong other than on alcohol and cigarettes.
Seriously, do some fact-checking before making yourself look like a TOTAL JOKE! :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.
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
Capitalizing every other word does not make you look smarter.
... sales tax is added before the price is advertised, unlike in america (where the consumer sees it).
errr, have you any idea how hostile it is between China and Hong Kong?.....