Racquets in China

MTXR

Professional
Are prices for racquets in China more expensive than racquets here in the US?

I have a friend heading to China and I was thinking of the AK90 i might potentially be able to get...
 

superstition

Hall of Fame
Most brands' racquets are made there, but unless you're going to go grey or black market, I wouldn't expect to get a great deal. You also have to watch out for fakes.
 

alan-n

Professional
For the most part, yes they are the same or even more expensive even in smaller countries like Vietnam, South Korea etc. If you can get them at a discount beware of the knockoffs. As usual anywhere, most of the time you get what you pay for so beware.
 

MTXR

Professional
thats wierd, china is pretty big, now i dunno if i want to go thru the hassle of asking a friend (total non tennis friend) to look for me and also make sure its not fake... I thought it was gonna be cheaper in China since its made in China.
 

alan-n

Professional
If you are residing in America, you can always email BreakPoint if you are serious about getting one. Many people on this board with AK90's got some through him. Sometimes its just better to get what you want from a more local source so you know what you are getting before hand and not get surprised in a bad way.
 

BreakPoint

Bionic Poster
Are prices for racquets in China more expensive than racquets here in the US?

I have a friend heading to China and I was thinking of the AK90 i might potentially be able to get...
I've heard most tennis racquets are more expensive in China than they are in the U.S. I think the market here is more competitive which keeps the retail prices lower.

BTW, where something is made is irrelevant when it comes to pricing. For example, most products made in Japan are much cheaper here in the U.S. than they are in Japan. I remember back in the early 90's there were several catalog businesses based in the U.S. that sold Japanese-made products back to the Japanese. Even with the back and forth shipping, it was still cheaper to ship the products back to Japan from the U.S. than it was for the Japanese to buy the same products locally in Japan. It all comes down to distribution, markets, competition, local demand, etc.

Anyway, I guess it can't hurt for your friend to check it out since he's going to China anyway, right?
 
It isnt as drastic as lethalfang says, but racquets are more expensive there than here (at least last time i went). Also, you'll find more fakes than real racquets. If i were you, id get your friend to contact someone that plays tennis to get you the asian model racquets. Generally, racquets there are 2000+ yuan, which is close to $250.
 

lethalfang

Professional
It isnt as drastic as lethalfang says, but racquets are more expensive there than here (at least last time i went). Also, you'll find more fakes than real racquets. If i were you, id get your friend to contact someone that plays tennis to get you the asian model racquets. Generally, racquets there are 2000+ yuan, which is close to $250.

The price difference actually pretty drastic, altho you don't need to worry about fakes if you shop in a large sports shop (but again the price is way high).
$250 is about 50-100% more than a typical racquet's cost in the US, where a good racquet costs between $100 to $200.
 

superstition

Hall of Fame
My Chinese and Hong Kong friends said tennis is a luxury sport in China, due to lack of space for courts. That would help to explain the high price. Also, I've read that many Japanese prefer to buy expensive products over less expensive products, assuming that paying more leads to better quality.
 
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