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Being Dutch, I have never heard of such law. I also doubt there is a law that would cover this, I would take it as a try to intimidate you. But also as a 'please really, really do not do this.' If caught out after you made the picture and before you had seen the sign, I would let them try to sue you. But if seeing the sign before you take the picture, do ...


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According to Amazon's web site, As a purely internet-based mail-order company, Amazon.co.uk is legally ineligible to participate in the VAT Retail Export Scheme, which reimburses VAT to customers when they purchase goods for personal export outside of the EU. See the sidebar on the same page for more information about Amazon.co.uk and various ...


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Large Shops Must Close on Easter Sunday The 1994 Sunday Trading Act allows small shops, i.e. those with a surface area less than or equal to 280 square metres, to open for trade any day they want. Large shops, i.e. those with a surface area of more than 280 square metres, must close on Christmas Day and Easter Sunday. Some exemptions exist: Exemptions ...


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In general, in the US it is legal to take photographs in any "public" property (eg, streets, parks, etc), unless it is somewhere that there would be an expectation of privacy (eg, toilets or changing rooms, etc). However shops and shopping centers are not "public" property, they are private property that is opened to the public and the rules are thus a ...


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I am a Brit that lives in NZ, and I can tell you there is nothing quite like Primark. The closest would be The Warehouse or kMart, (Farmers is more expensive than both, but quality and range is larger). However, these still aren't as cheap, the range is a lot smaller, (given that clothing is only a small part of what they offer) and the quality isn't the ...


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A little bit of history: (from the top of my head, there is very little to find about this on the web I think, even in Spanish): At some point during the Cuban Revolution and before I was born, being in possesion of any foreing currencies in Cuba became illegal (unless you had a special permit from the government). Many Cubans spent time in jail for this ...


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You've got it more or less backwards. The restrictions are essentially aimed at controlling the rate at which hard currency (i.e. USD / EUR) leaves the country, so goods which are imported are only available with CUC. Therefore there is high demand among Cubans for CUC. As a rule of thumb, if you manage to get sufficiently off the beaten track that people ...


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I'm not familiar with Primark, but in New Zealand you can find inexpensive clothing at The Warehouse, Kmart, possibly Farmers, and probably others. In general, goods available in New Zealand will not be as cheap as you might be accustomed to. There are many reasons for this (not the least of which is NZ is a small, remote market), but it all adds up to ...


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As of today (March 17, 2016), there are no H&M, Zara, Primark, or Uniqlo stores in NZ. There is one Topshop, though, at 203 Queen St, Auckland, and H&M will be opening an Auckland location in 2016, too. Maybe the Google search for [new zealand fast fashion chain] will yield more useful information. You can also check Wikipedia's list of fast ...


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Almost everything will be open. Some small businesses might take the opportunity to take a break. But shopping centres, etc. will certainly be open.


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The majority of shops will be open on Monday 28th of December. The reason being that Monday is neither a typical closing day, nor is the 28th a public holiday. This is especially true for large shopping centres and brand stores. Some might have shortened their opening hours during the school holidays, although usually this occurs during pre-festive days such ...


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No, it is not. See, you have to pay your VAT. The only refund is possible if you are NOT european, not living in europe. Then you can ask for a refund when you take the goods OUT OF EUROPE. The refund has to be processed at the customs (to make sure that yes, you do export the goods). Amazon NEVER gets involved. You will have to reclaim the VAT either ...


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Old question but I think the core of the right answer is still missing and since it's potentially a safety concern it may warrant another as answer. All step down transformers are rated for a certain power. If you exceed the rated power, bad things will happen. YOU MUST NEVER EXCEED THE RATED POWER. A hair straightener needs a lot of power and would ...


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The easiest option is almost certainly the nearest supermarket, but if you're looking for something a little more tarted up and are willing to pay the corresponding premium, you could do worse than Regency Spices. They've got a 14-piece "Chinese Spices Starter Kit" (HKD 328, ~US$42) and will even ship it worldwide for an extra $9. Response to an e-mail ...


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A lot depends on where you are going and where you have your layover. If you are going somewhere quite expensive and stopping somewhere cheap, then maybe you could get things like a plug adapter at a better price (even with the airport premium). Doing the reverse, then wait til you get to your destination. Of course then there is the issue as to whether ...


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Not sure if the "normal" flow you allow you to do this, but note the following items from the Heathrow shopping FAQ: Can items be transferred between terminals? If a product you would like to purchase is available at any terminal in Heathrow, we can arrange to have the product transferred to the terminal you are flying from, provided that the ...


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The only time you'd expect most stores to be closed is on december 24th at night. Other days you probably find local small restaurants to be closed, but those restaurant franchises at big malls or plazas are more likely to be open. I live in Monterrey, but I believe other mexican border cities are pretty much like this.


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There is a small musical instruments store in Havana, in a place called "El Boulevard de San Rafael", it's a pedestrian street and the store is about 300 meters from Hotel Inglaterra. If you prefer, you could also post an add on the website revolico.com before traveling there (this is similar to kijiji, craigslist etc, very popular in Cuba) saying "busco ...


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There are tons of this stuff in Poland. You will find just about any brand of desired quality and price ranging from basic to professional. A good idea to start with is www.ceneo.pl which will help you to shop online and compare prices. Recommended, quality cookware brands in Poland are: Bosch, Zelmer and Braun. They aren't the cheapest but they are worth ...


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There are airside WH Smiths bookshops in both T3 and T4, and smaller WH Smiths (which will have a limited selection of books) airside in T2 and T5. I don't believe there are any other bookshops. (Smiths are not normally a particularly remarkable bookseller, but their larger airport stores aren't too bad.) From memory, the T4 one carries a wide selection of ...


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Closing time of Phoenix Market City in Mumbai is 00:00 not 11:30. Yes you will find plenty of shops open at 22:30. There are movie shows that end after midnight and some shops stay open for that leaving crowd too. There are a few bars that stay open well after midnight. I was at the Irish bar until 00:30 with no signs of closing down and they were taking new ...


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would have to agree with the above answer. Gumtree is a good place to start your search for a camper or travel van purchase in that price range. Listings from private and commercial sales yards. They have created a very thorough guide to campervan purchases as well, to avoid a dud; http://blog.gumtree.com.au/backpacker-guide-buying-van-aussie-road-trip/ ...


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There are many old book shops in Lisbon here are a few tips: Google If you're looking for shops with second hand books you will want to look for "alfarrabista". That't a specific word that designates old book shops or old book sellers in portuguese. Since you are looking in Lisbon, try: "Alfarrabista lisboa". List of bookshops In a quick search I found ...


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I am not sure how universal the VAT argument is, as this process is applied at Dubai Airport as well (where this is no concept of VAT). At Dubai, they scan your boarding card for the following: To know your destination country; in case there are any customs restrictions on the goods you are buying. Usually done for spirits/alcohol/perfumery/tobacco ...


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While I couldn't locate any permanent shops online, there's one event where you can certainly get a lantern: Seoul Lantern Festival. It's an annual festival held every November in Seoul. The official website lists prices for many different kinds of lanterns: Rectangular lanterns: KRW 15,000 / Hanji lantern (3 types): KRW 10,000 / Color lanterns: KRW ...


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Yes, you can travel between the different terminals in CDG. Apparently, when connecting from terminal 2C to terminal 1, if both your flights are from/to outside of Schengen, you can usually connect without entering France, with the green shuttle. But in your case, you do not want to do that for now. As @phoog commented, the shopping area of terminal 2E is ...


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The shopping malls in and around DC (and everywhere else stateside) will be in full swing starting 26 December to about close of play on 31 December. This would include Tysons Corner, and if you do not arrive early you can expect to have to use fringe parking. Shops at Tysons will be open from 10AM to 9:30PM, 1000 to 2130. You will also be able to take ...


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Singapore businesses, unlike European countries / US states, doesn't treat Christmas a a "family gathering" season. So most malls, coffee shops and hawker centres will be opened. Singapore is more like the other Asian countries (China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, etc.) that have the lunar new year as the "family gathering" season. Most shops and food ...


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Went to Norway last week, did a lot of research to find gas canisters. We landed on Rygge on a Saturday evening, and there is a Shell not far from the railway station with a seven eleven, we bought them there. When we wanted to drop off our spare gas at the DNT hut in gjendesheim, the guy there said they have about 100 spare ones of those lying around, so if ...



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