Raffles City


Visiting the Life by city’super store in Shanghai 2

Here’s the last video from a previous trip to Shanghai.

This time I went to the Life by city’super store in Shanghai. Like the Lamy store in the last video this store is again in Raffles City, at the end of FuZhou Road.

City’super is a supermarket chain that concentrates on imported food. I think they are originally from Hong Kong, but are now also in Shanghai (and maybe Taiwan).

They have a lot of choice but are generally a bit more expensive than other chains with imported food. I did have some bad experience there in the past (bought food that then turned out to be mouldy), but nevertheless going there is usually an exciting event.

They have now also started to open stores that only sell non-food items, they are called ‘Life by city’super’. In the video you can see what to expect in these ‘Life’ stores.

Interesting fact: As far as I know Patrick from the Scription blog is or was the stationery buyer for this chain.

 


Here’s a link to the video on YouTube.


Lamy at Raffles City in Shanghai 2

Lamy at Raffles City in Shanghai

Lamy at Raffles City in Shanghai

Last December, i.e. a few days ago, I was in Shanghai again. You might remember my previous posts about stationery in Shanghai. I thought I add my new experience to this blog, too.

Lamy at Raffles City in Shanghai

Lamy at Raffles City in Shanghai

I’ll start with Lamy’s presence in Shanghai. I mentioned them in 2012 and 2015., so here’s a quick recap. I first saw Lamy products in Shanghai in 2010. I didn’t notice them before that so if they had a presence it was not very obvious. They tend to be present in big shopping malls where they don’t have shops but fixed stalls, usually near escalators or lifts.

Lamy at Raffles City in Shanghai

 

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Their stalls seem to get bigger and bigger every year. The one I have seen this year in the Raffles City shopping mall is the biggest and most impressive one so far. Raffles City is near People’s Square in Shanghai and at the end of FuZhou Road, a road full of book, art supplies and stationery shops.

Lamy at Raffles City in Shanghai

Lamy at Raffles City in Shanghai

As usual prices are quite high with cheaper items being proportionally much more expensive than in the West compared to more expensive items. There expensive items are still more expensive than in the West, but the price difference seems less out of place.

Lamy at Raffles City in Shanghai

Lamy at Raffles City in Shanghai

 

A Lamy Safari mechanical pencil will set you back ¥200 (~$31; £21; €28), a fountain pen ¥398 (~$61; £41; €56).

Lamy at Raffles City in Shanghai

Lamy at Raffles City in Shanghai

Lamy at Raffles City in Shanghai

Unfortunately I didn’t see Lamy’s wood cased pencils, the Lamy plus and 4plus – you can see one here, anywhere.

Lamy at Raffles City in Shanghai

 

Lamy at Raffles City in Shanghai

The most unusual pen I saw there was probably the red Lamy Safari with a yellow clip, a special edition for China. At ¥398 (~$61; £41; €56) it was a bit too expensive for me, but then again, they were being offered on eBay for $299, so I guess it will be worth ¥398 or more to some people. Special edition Lamy Safaris are not uncommon. There is usually a colour of the year, but there are also themed editions and editions for specific countries or geographic areas, like this red/yellow China one.
Lamy at Raffles City in Shanghai Lamy at Raffles City in Shanghai

 


Price: December 2015

Exchange rates: January 2016

You can read more about the China edition of the Lamy Safari at KMPN.