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I have haggled over the scarfs on the Jemaa el-Fnaa square in Marrakesh. The starting price was usually around 200DH and I was able to buy for 65DH. I was totally unexperienced back then but I made some observations: Wait to be invited by the shopkeeper. Pretend you are just passing by and stopping for a moment to look at the wares. Do not express interest ...


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Even though the people who walk past are unlikely to be want to buy a suitcase right now, they are still the target demographic. How many other locations are there in a city where you can open a store where 100% of the people that walk past are people that travel by air, and thus the type of people that will be in the market for your products? How many ...


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The only real way to be successful at this is to start knowing the value you place on the item and never pay more than this. Start your haggling below this price - a good rule of thumb is for your starting price to be around the same amount below your final as the asking price is above. Some countries like to bargain harder, but at the end of the day, you ...


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You need to have a real understanding of what the local currency is worth in your home currency. It's very easy to get blinded by large numbers. I was in Indonesia, haggling over a set of wicker place mats. The exchange was about 9000 Rupiah to the USD. Starting price was 250,000 Rupiah for a set, about $27.00. We ended up paying 100,000, The price ...


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Setting aside the people who suddenly need more or different suitcases, an airport is one of the few places where you feel dissatisfied with the suitcases you have. While they're sitting in your closet, they're fine. You've used them for years and they work. But for the hour or two after you've packed them, lugged them from the car into the airport, and ...


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You need two things: 1) a good feeling for the local prices and 2) experience. Haggling is more than just quoting low prices. It about your complete presentation and attitude. When they quote me their first price (I will never be the one to call the first price), I usually just smile at them, maybe tell them it is a ridiculous amount etc. So, while not ...


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I was a flight attendant before and I had this problem. I just kept losing them. Then I came up with an idea--An empty cigarette pack. Just put the sim cards inside the plastic that covers the pack and its tight enough to hold it. But then I saw a good thing that really helped me a lot. Its a sim card holder that can hold up to 4 sim cards, Its exactly the ...


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First of all, haggling is not an expected part of buying goods in Dubai, which is by a fairly long shot the most Westernized place of the Middle East. Most people shop in shopping malls much like those in London, where things have clearly labeled prices, and you would only negotiate for discounts if you'd do that in the West as well (say, buying a sofa). ...


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From spending a year or so in Ireland as a student: Not much is "must buy" - it depends on who you are. I found my greatest "buys" in Ireland were experiences, rather than things. So here's my list: A ticket to see the Book of Kells at Trinity College in Dublin. For that matter, just wandering Dublin. A ticket to the Guinness Factory Tour. You said no ...


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It depends on the item. Alcoholic spirits (whiskey etc) and tobacco are the usual items to get, since they typically are the most heavily taxed items, so can be considerably cheaper at Duty Free than in either country. Usually you'll be able to get all of the major name-brand items, and sometimes some regional items (eg. Jenevers - Dutch gins - if in ...


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Short answer - no, not any more. (It used to be possible pre-9/11, but isn't allowed now) To change between terminals airside at Heathrow, you need to go through Flight Connections. After the bit where they can issue boarding passes if you don't have one, is the part where they check your boarding pass. No boarding pass for a different terminal, no access ...


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There is no general VAT in the US but various sales taxes, which means that there isn't a single tax rate that shops could easily include in all prices. Depending on the location, there could be a sales tax from the state, county, city or even other institutions (transport authorities, etc.) so you cannot even set a price and print labels for a state or a ...


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I got pretty good at this when I was in Thailand, you just have to remember the basic rules If you say "Ok" you can't take your word back. The seller will never sell at a loss so don't have fear. The greatest lesson learned while haggling is NEVER think that the starting price is somehow related to the value of the object. At first i thought "Well, they ...


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To the best of my knowledge, New York State does not offer a refund of sales tax on purchases that are later taken outside the state or country. Except for the North Dakota and Louisiana programs mentioned in the link you give, I have never heard of such refunds existing anywhere in the U.S. I think you just have to pay it.


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Obviously, the best book for you depends a lot on what you are looking for. Many criteria are to be taken into account : the place(s) you'll go to : some books will cover only the capital, other will cover the main cities and other will cover the countryside as well. the duration of your trip (many books are explicitely for trips of a couple of days) the ...


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Suitcases may fail in transit. That's a built-in market for replacements.


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Not the same scale, but generally people head to two particular shopping centres: Funan DigitalLife Mall & Sim Lim Square. View inside Sim Lim Square by hippietrail Funan is more upmarket than Sim Lim, which caters more to the general populous. The downside is that there are quite a few ongoing scams at some of the stores in these centres. Some of ...


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To add to Josh B's answer - Wan Chai Computer Centre. Wan Chai MTR Station, Exit A4 on to the pedestrian bridge, there will be escalators when you hit the main road to let you get down to street level. It is right next to a McDonalds (you can see that sign from the bridge). Less busy than the rest, good range. Mong Kok Computer Centre. Mong Kok MTR Station ...


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I've had reasonable luck with large stores aimed at locals such as Carrefour or Sam's Club. It's also entertaining (for me anyway) to see what else is on offer. Of course they may not have the total kitsch but if you're flexible there can be some interesting finds. Another option is gift shops at museums - which often have more tasteful stuff, and campus ...


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I would have advised you to buy your outdoor clothes in Delhi but your trip timing could be crucial to whether you get a good deal or not. Branded sports / outdoor clothing stores have sales of autumn clothes in autumn and spring, i.e., when they are about to bring in fresh stock and when demand drops off, respectively. Right now, by Indian standards, Delhi ...


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The single most difficult task in haggling is known the right price of the object you are trying to buy. It's not even the time spent haggling because you could have been quoted such an outrageously high price that even when you drive it down, the price is too high. What I do is strike up a rapport with hostel staff and ask them for ballpark figures for ...


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A place where you most definitely have Canon products is Anigota which is a Canon dealer for Croatia. You can find their store in Gundulićeva 26 in Split. The store is called "Kodak centar d.o.o." and it's near "Panasonic centar". According to their website, they're open Mondays - Fridays 08:00 - 20:00 and Saturdays 08:00 - 13:00.


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I'd go to Kappabashi-dori, conveniently located between Ueno and Asakusa next to Tawaramachi stn on the Ginza line. It's Tokyo's main restaurant wholesale district and sells everything you need for food preparation or presentation at low prices, Wikivoyage has a bit more info. Note that the Japanese term for lacquerware is shikki (漆器), urushi-nuri is the ...


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Milk is available at the only two supermarkets I've been able to find in Vientiane and from the local convenience store chain, M-Point Mart. There were one and two litre plastic bottles of regular and skim milk and one litre cartons of UHT milk. All the milk seemed to have Thai labels, not Lao (though one of the companies is a Japanese company). This means ...


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I have faced this countless times while travelling in Asia because sellers can be incredibly aggressive in their selling tactics there. The best way to handle this is the same as the answer about how to handle "string people" in Paris: appear local and don't engage them. Appear local: Okay, there are times when this is not possible. There will be places ...


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Shops normally cannot sell to tourists VAT/Duty free just because you have a plane ticket. The maximum a shop can do is sell you VAT-Free since that is a separate charge. Duties on Liquor and Cigarettes are not known to the personnel since they are applied at the manufacturer/wholeseller level so the shop cannot sell you those without charging the duty. It's ...


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This rather more than a "shopping answer", hopefully. How to determine if Jade is genuine: This webpage provides an excellent discussion of types of genuine jade and of non genuine alternatives. This page is also very useful Excellent characteristics table for Jade and other materials. A pocket spectrometer is possibly a really good tool. These are ...


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The region has a very long tradition of international trade, and it's a cornerstone of the economy. Taxes and tariffs are low, so many things are indeed cheaper. Additionally, the sheer number of shopping opportunities is an attraction in itself. Dubai has one of the world's largest shopping malls (among 50 others), one of the largest duty free stores, and ...


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06:00 to 18:00 at most on Saturdays, not opened at all on Sundays. There are exceptions for stores in airports and train stations. Here's a list of branches with special opening hours for Billa, a large supermarket chain.


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Negotiate to Reach an Agreement The first thing to understand is that the purpose of negotiating is to reach an agreement. It's not about beating someone, but rather you should aim for a mutual victory. Someone is selling you need for a given price, and you wish to pay a different price. If at the end of the negotiation you walk away without that ...



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