I am copying this directly from another forum I posted in since there hasn't been much of a reply there. If this is not the right section for this, mods please move it :)
This past new years I moved to Guangzhou, China to live with my gf while she finishes college and we get a fiance visa for her back to the U.S.
I'm (slowly but surely) learning to develop stuff on the PSP, and will certainly be getting to writing to flash at some point before too long. For this reason, I'm thinking I'll need to get a UP to unbrick my psp when that happens (not IF, mind you . I'd also like to be able to help test experimental downdaters and whatnot in the future to save people from bricking their unmodded psps.
So, while 1.5 PSPs are all over the place here, and under $200, a few bad flash0 writes and that'll become an expensive lesson for me. I'd rather spend <$500 on a pre modded psp and use that for the bulk of my programming testing and stuff. The problem is, my CC's all have a billing address in the US, and even then, trying to get a package delivered to China reliably is quite difficult (last package I shipped here before I moved took 3 months :Argh: .)
So, what I'm looking for is a retail store to buy a premod in Hong Kong (I'll be there the weekend of 9/16) or even on the mainland here somewhere. All the PSP shop owners say there is nothing like the UP available there. Real 4GB memory sticks are also not found here, only in Hong Kong, and then only from a import/export supplier company.
I've searched google, no luck there. I found mention on xbox-modchips.com who sell premodded psps that they have a retail office in Asia, but don't say where. I emailed them but got no reply, nor has anyone shown up in their IRC "live chat" from their company for a week now, so I'm thinking they are not worth the hassle.
Does anyone here know of where I might be able to purchase one of these elusive (for me) gems over here ? If worse comes to worse I will probably buy one online and have it shipped to family in the US, and have them mail it to me, but like I said before, it's considered lucky if personal mail makes it here, and that's something I would not like to lose in post with no way to get it back.