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Q: Why are clothes in shopping malls so expensive?

500 kuai for a tacky, synthetic top - seriously? I'm shocked whenever I see the prices in major shopping malls and really think it's not worth the price. I thought clothes in China are meant to be cheap but why do I get the feeling that clothes - at least trendy and fairly good quality ones - are way more expensive here?

3 years 33 weeks ago in  Shopping - China

 
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It is actually a misunderstanding that it is cheap to buy quality products in China. The reason why most if not all famous brands are more expensive than in Europe is that China levies a very high tax on imported brand goods, a so called luxury tax.
fake products can be very cheap, but you often need to spend a long time to bargain about the price.

to buy local chinese brands can be a good alternative to the more expensive imported brands. the chinese brands will usually be of more or less the same quality as an imported brand like say H&M

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RENT!

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Dude go shop online. its pretty cheaper there. trust me when i say that.

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It is more expensive, as I've been told if I go to America I should only take an empty suitcase and my credit card. That means, to buy clothes there is much cheaper. Have no idea what's happening here in China now.

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Buy direct from our factory website www.justmeandmine.com for our European ladies fashions

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buy online ..

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