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


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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'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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I would try the Hanazono Shrine Antique Market in Shinjuku. In addition to kimonos they offer used books, hanging scroll art, prints, and accessories. Like anything secondhand it can be hit-or miss on what is available when you are there. Alternatively if you are willing to travel a bit (4.5 hours) the Kimono Flea Market Ichiroya is one of the best places ...


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Not sure where you've been reading that, but I can assure you they're quite wrong, Sim Lim Square sells every make of cheap electronics, so Chinese no-name brands and outright ripoffs are legion. Back in the day when iPhones were the new hotness and weren't officially available in Singapore yet, I remember seeing a plethora of "jPhones", "iFones", "iPhons" ...


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You can certainly buy a belt airside at ATL. Hartsfield-Jackson's website offers a directory of retail concessions, which includes pictures of most of the storefronts— you need not be familiar with the names; you can scroll through and find something that doesn't sound like a newsstand or electronics store and see from the picture or read from the blurb. ...


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You're looking for a pretty obscure bit of kit, most Zen temples I've been to in Japan frown on frippery like comfortable cushions for meditation. But you should be able to find these in a well-stocked Buddhist goods store, and here are a couple with an online presence that claim to have them in stock: Butsudanya Takita Shoten (仏壇屋 滝田商店), Kotobuki 2-8-11, ...


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Wangfujing shopping street is the most famous for visitors--nice environment, adjacency to the Tian'anmen Square and Forbidden City, clean street bars, and backstreet traditional snack bars, etc. Xidan shopping area is most popular for the local youth. There are quite some modern shopping malls with comfortable shopping environment. Qianmen and Dashilan ...


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There is a store in Itaewon called DMZ. The guy there sells pretty much everything an if something is not available in the shop he can get it for you within hours. I was there recently and can confirm that he sells these boots. Someone even made a video how to find this shop, and you can watch it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqKEQ6B2b6s It is not ...


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The best source for authorized Apple retailers will be Apple itself. Apple's Turkish website links you to sales information in Turkish or English. A search for turns up listings and a map for dozens of authorized retailers within Ankara, and dozens more in nearby cities such as Kirikkale and Çankiri. Additionally, Apple's Online Store has been operating in ...


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I have never been to Mongolia but I lived in China for a year and my technique worked pretty well. But as you said haggling is different from place to place. First I ask for the price and as usual the seller will tell you the price which is quite high because we're foreigners. What I do I will examine the thing I want to buy and how much I'm willing to pay ...


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Where will you be...? If you are on Hong Kong island then Wan Chai Computer Center is great. On the Kowloon side there is Mong Gok Computer Center but I have never been there. Both will have power adapters. The Computer Centers can be intimidating to non-technical people but I always found the people in WCCC helpful and honest.


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There is very little in terms of online information on where US Army surplus stuff is available in Seoul. The best information available is a thread on the Waygook Forum and similar threads on ESLCafe Forum, and Airsoft Korea. I could not find any references to these shops to have online presence, so walking into a store carrying Army Surplus items might ...


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I would recommend you to go to one of the malls in the area. The malls in the 3rd tier cities have more and more factory outlets inside where you can buy quite cheap branded (genuine) goods. Personally I have never seen used clothes shops in China either. What you can try alternatively are "wet markets" or street markets. There is no guarantee of course if ...


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I hope this article will help you http://www.travelchinaguide.com/cityguides/beijing/shopping.htm You can also use these maps http://www.chinatouristmaps.com/shopping/beijing.html - it's really usefull. You may point out where the main shops is Largest Beijing Shopping Areas Wangfujing Dajie - the most famous shopping street in Beijing, ...


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You can buy reindeer meat (poronliha) in any supermarket. The "Herkku" gourmet supermarket in the basement of the Stockmann department store (corner of Mannerheimintie and Aleksanterinkatu) is pretty epic and a good place to buy this or anything else Finnish; not the cheapest, mind you, but not hugely expensive either. The canonical way to prepare it is ...


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They are called "gassboks" (gas can) in Norwegian. I doubt that you'll find any at the airport, but if you are going by train from the airport to Finse, you'll have to change trains at Oslo Central Station and there are plenty of outdoor shops in downtown Oslo, which all are likely to have these on stock. If the shop you're linking to is sold out, there is ...


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Matsumotoya in Kyoto sells zafu, though the selection is quite limited. I can't really tell if this is a physical storefront or solely an online presence, even after looking at Street View, though it should be easy enough to contact them and find out. In the latter case, it shouldn't be difficult to arrange for delivery.


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I investigated buying an iPhone, so I can only answer on possible issues. Often the US is not as cheap as it first appears. First, in the US prices are published without taxes. Secondly, if the total value of the goods you bring back are more than EUR 450 you'll need to pay custom taxes. You also need to buy a local charger or plug adapter. In the case of ...


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I would say that because the law is not on the consumer side in the USA and therefore does not require the total price to be displayed. Most shops will therefore leave off taxes etc as you are then more likely to buy an item. (Trustworthily companies loose trade due to other companies misleading consumers on prices, so therefore quickly all the companies ...


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Ok. Let's forget for the moment that we don't know if we are comparing EDT to EDP to Parfum itself, but let's assume that we are actually comparing Apples to Apples. Speficically when it comes to Terre d'Hermes it has been reformulated due to restrictions imposed by IFRA on ISO E Super. So if you bought it before the restriction and after you will ...


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The obvious choices to get your electronics are: Sim Lim Square Funan Digitalife Mall Singapore While they do sell the big brands as you noticed, you should be able to also find no-name products for quite cheap. For instance I've been able to find generic iMac chargers at Sim Lim for a good price. Those malls are organised in a lot of small shops, so ...


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You should really try the "Japan Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square" (伝統工芸 青山スクエ) It is located in Tokyo (Aoyama 1-chome station) and contain a large variety of traditional items, some being lacquerware. Address: Akasaka 8-1-22, Akasaka Oji Bldg 1F. Official Website: http://kougeihin.jp/ Other websites: http://whereintokyo.com/venues/25392.html ...


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Not sure this fully explains it but the shopping area has certainly become an important revenue stream for many airports. I know several airports that have been redesigned to force passengers to pass in front of as many shops as possible, with S-shaped corridors and no short-cuts. Consequently, they sell a lot of things that most people don't need right ...


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You might be able to pick one up at the airport or if you jump a train to the IFC mall it would be strange if you couldnt find one quickly inside there. I'm a Mac person so I usually visit the Apple store in the IFC mall (Hong Kong MTR). In fact sometimes when I need to buy a new laptop I actually look for stopover flights in hong kong when I can jump on ...


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After about a year and a half of permanent travel, I've found that I actually don't need a step-down transformer. As it turns out, all of the devices I carry with me regularly can handle 110 and 220 just fine, and the odd appliance that can't is usually inexpensive to purchase at my destination. If you're a permanent traveler, the weight and bulk of a ...



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