EU VAT is so expensive averaging about 20%. However, there is a huge barrier to refund the tax.
Take Portugal as an example, the minimum amount required is EUR 61.35 (23% VAT) from a single store! How the heck is possible to buy so much stuff from a single point in the trip?! Even buying souvenirs all the way in my trip getting EUR 100 is ineligible!
This kind is barrier is certainly detrimental to shopping tourism such that I normally refrain from shopping in my trips. It would be great if I can get tax refund even on an EUR 5 purchase, then I can buy a lot of "cheap groceries" to fill up my luggage allowance just before I leave the country and claim tax back.
What's the purpose of setting up VAT refund scheme if the barrier of entry is SO HIGH?