10th February 2006
1. Carrefour closed its store(s?) in Hong Kong in 2000. There is nothing here like the hypermarts of Europe or the US, only normal supermarkets.
2. IDD call rates vary country by country, and operator by operator. As in the other thread, the cheapest way to make international calls is by using Skype on your computer.
3. No real second-hand shops but a lot of "expat sales" i.e. expats who are leaving HK and want to sell off all their stuff. There are usually extensive listings for such sales in the Sunday Morning Post newspaper. In any case, such items can also be bought brand-new in HK inexpensively from a few hundred HK$ upwards, depending on which shop you go to or which brand you choose. E.g. sofas can cost HK$50,000 in high-end shops, or as little as HK$1,000 from Ikea. A China brand of DVD or TV will be less than half the price of a well-known international brand.
I'm sure other people will have more suggestions and recommendations for you, too!