Well, I got a working colleague whom just returned from a holiday trip to China. My friend together with his friend a Shanghai residents found that the China made tripods seems to be costlier over in China than in Singapore. Im kinda surprise with that, however they did mentioned that they could have been con on the prices as the salesman kinda know that they are not into photography kinda stuff. Lucky they did not get any tripod for me.
Hmm.. Got my Sirui T1004 from Philip @ TK jus 2 weeks back.
He was telling me Sirui was actually more expensive in china than in SG.
And the reverse for Benro. Sirui is like the "Gitzo brand" in china, branding has a role to play for its pricing domestically...
Is also cheaper to get it in HK. Visit VIVAPHOTO located at Sham Shui Po MTR, Exit D1, is just right behind the exit entrance on ur left, they have most of the range there plus other products as well... 2nd floor are all the camera bags.
Site link here: VIVAPHOTO
Their price are fixed, what price u see at their site r what u paying over there, so no worries of getting over charged.
I bought quite a number of Benro stuffs from them. Gd service n vry gd saving.
Actually I don't think it may be a good idea buying such thing in China and may not use it during your trip.
Sorry but for me, it it's cheaper by <$50, I rather buy it locally, for the fear of counterfeit goods.
But if you plan to use the tripod to shoot there, then it's worth it to buy if it's cheaper there.