Electronics and Gadgets in New York
Shopping for electronics and gadgets in New York is fun and often cheaper than in Canada. There are many shops worth visiting even if you don’t plan on spending much. When shopping for electronics, remember the prices on display don’t include the New York taxes (8.875%) and this will be charged at the checkout.
I definitely do not recommend buying electronics and gadgets in stores around Times Square and the Empire State Building. If the store happens to also sell souvenirs, run as fast as you can! They lure you in with low prices, tell you the item is sold out and try to sell you something more expensive. Products may have been used and most of the time they are not under warranty. Don’t risk your money and buy only at authorised dealers.
B&H Photo, Video, Pro Audio
B&H Photo is a dream come true for any photographer and photography enthusiast. They have a wide selection of cameras, lenses and other accessories with good prices and very helpful staff. You will also find computers, audio and video devices, phones, tablets and other electronics but their selling point is photography gear. Note that they are closed on Fridays from 2:00 p.m. and on Saturdays in observance of the Jewish Sabbath.
You can receive a free gift with an in-store purchase of US$50 or more. Show this code E209744 and your receipt to the employees at the tourism desk close to the exit to receive your free gift.
If you want to buy an iPhone, iPad, iPod or any other Apple product, go to an Apple Store. You’ll be buying genuine products with a warranty. Plus, if you go shopping at Apple Store on Fifth Avenue or Grand Central Station you can admire the wonderful design of the shop itself.
Hammacher Schlemmer: What started out as a hardware store in 1848 is now one of the most unusual and fun places to shop in New York. Here you’ll find phones, computers, tablets, cameras and many other electronics. But most noticeable are all the gadgets you can find at Hammacher Schlemmer: electric wine openers, ear muffs with headphones, portable mini-washing machines and many other things you don’t actually need but might find yourself tempted to buy. This is a great place to buy gifts and they have a lifetime warranty on many products.
Best Buy is one of the United States’ largest retailers and a competitor of Amazon. Best Buy focuses on physical retail stores and Amazon operates, mainly, online. In New York, Best Buy have 10 stores where you can shop for computers, TVs, cameras and mobile phones but also dishwashers and coffee makers. This is one of the few places where you can buy pre-paid phones and sim-cards.