Re: Chinese ulralight wish-list

Gary DeBock

Hello Vince, Kevin and Others,

The Chinese domestic market seems to include both bargains and ripoffs,
just like here in North America.

My wife comes very a very thrifty family in Hong Kong, and when I told
her that I could use a few bargain Tecsun PL-380's, she sent out her
relatives to track down the best PL-380 deals in Hong Kong. Her
brother-in-law scoured the stores, and eventually was able to find
brand new PL-380 models selling at a discount shop for about $35 US. He
bought three of them, and brought them to us during his spring vacation
last year (and are now being used by Patrick, Rob and Steve). The going
rate at the Hong Kong department stores was about $45 US, though.

My impression is that most of the Hong Kong eBay sellers try to make
their biggest profits on the shipping charges, not on the radio prices.

73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA, USA)

-----Original Message-----
From: dhsatyadhana <dhsatyadhana@...>
To: ultralightdx <ultralightdx@...>
Sent: Thu, Apr 7, 2011 7:01 am
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: Chinese ulralight wish-list

Hi Vince:

Thanks for the info on the domestic Chinese market, where it sounds
like the PL-310 and others are going for $50-60 (over 300 Yuan) or so
in Beijing. I guess in-city prices are like that: I was in New York
City recently, and the prices for radios at electronics outlets were
also much higher than from domestic mail order sources. Given the
relative per-capita income levels of the US and China, a radio such as
this is likely a more significant purchase.

It looks like the PL-310 can be had for about 200 Yuan on Taobao (about
$30) including domestic shipping to a Chinese address, although you
don't get to see it first: do Taobao sellers also sell seconds and

Thanks again - Kevin S
Bainbridge Island, WA

--- In ultralightdx@..., "DXer" <dxista@...> wrote:

Hi Kevin,
&gt; I'm currently living in Beijing, China. My experience with
consumer electronics in general and ultralights in particular, is that
you are still paying less on ebay - in some cases even after postage is
added, than buying the same item in the chinese domestic market.

Prices are generally lower, if you have good bargaining skills, in
the many markets around town, but there is a chance that you are buying
"knock-offs" or "seconds".

The other surprise for me was that, ultralights in this case, are
not as easy to find as I expected.

I saw the PL-310 and PL-606 in only one place so far. The price
was higher than ebay plus postage. The PL-600 in two places with the
price higher than ebay before postage.
The only deals, so to speak, were the R-911 for $10 and the R-9012
for $13. Not too impressed with the R-911, but still worth every penny.
If one can afford the additional 30% :^) for the R-9012, you get a
radio than run circles around the R-911.

The above comparisons are based on US/Canada prices. I don't know
if they apply to other countries.
&gt; Regards,

Beijing, PRC

--- In ultralightdx@..., "dhsatyadhana"
<dhsatyadhana@> wrote:
&gt; > First, we're all jealous that you are going to the Land of No
Postage Fees!

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