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Why is the price on the shelves for drinks often different from what I actually pay in supermarkets in Germany?

I have used supermarkets in Germany (REWE, etc). But I found that whenever I purchase a bottled drink the price described on the selves was different from what I actually paid. For example in one ...
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Why is onboard/inflight shopping still a thing?

There's an inflight shopping magazine in the pocket of the seat in front of you - that no one reads. The crew come through with a trolley of merchandise - that nobody buys. There are special offers ...
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Can I eat only a crème brûlée in Paris?

I'd like to have a crème brûlée in Paris, but without having to eat a whole meal at a restaurant. However, this seems quite hard to get: Bakeries and patisseries do not sell crème brûlée (at least ...
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How to successfully haggle / bargain in markets

While I've done quite a bit of travel now and back myself to handle situations when it comes to border guards, sorting accommodation and / or transportation, one thing I still struggle to come to ...
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Why are prices published without tax in the US?

On a recent trip to San Francisco it was always a surprise to see what to pay in stores. It was never as simple as just adding all the published prices. There was always the addition of taxes. ...
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Why are the shops open in Geneva today (on a Sunday)?

Many places in Europe are notorious for not being open on Sundays. This is especially true in Switzerland. Today, August 30th 2020, for some odd reason, some stores are open. Coop: Migros The only ...
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Can someone explain Cuba's two-currency system and the consequences for foreigners?

I know there is the national peso (CUP) and the convertible peso (CUC) and that 1 CUC = 1 USD = 25 CUP. Why is there this difference? Is it to keep Cuban money from leaving the country? What are the ...
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How can I buy groceries during a mandatory 14 day quarantine?

I'm flying back to Berlin, Germany next week and as it stands, I have to do the mandatory 14 day quarantine. I tried to call the Health Ministry a few times, but I never got through to a person, so I ...
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Why do they sell luggage in airports?

It seems that in almost every airport I'm in, there are luggage stores behind security. How often do people get to the airport carrying handfuls of clothes and needing something to put them in? I ...
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Is there a powerstrip that accomodates most if not all AC power plugs?

You can buy travel adapters for AC power plugs, but do powerstrips exist that accommodate different international power plugs in one unit? When travelling and collaborating in an international ...
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What do shops mean when they are open 7/7?

When I have been in mainland Europe, in areas such as France or Belgium, a lot of the shops say they're open "7/7". The latter 7 presumably means 'every day' like in 24/7, but what about the other 7? ...
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Why do shops within airport terminals scan your boarding card?

Periodically when buying something from an airport shop (in various European terminals), I'll be asked to produce my boarding card to be scanned by staff. It's not 100% of the time for every purchase,...
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Why are two currency options available when paying via card at airports abroad?

Whenever I shop at airports abroad, I always get asked to choose between the currency options while paying via my credit card. One is the local currency and another one is the currency of the country ...
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Can a shop in the Netherlands force you to buy clothes if you take a photo? [closed]

I've just been in a shop in Amsterdam which had a sign saying: No pictures allowed and specially not when wearing our garments!!! If we see you making pictures anyway, you will have to buy ...
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Why am I not allowed to buy alcohol at the store after 11pm in Russia?

While in Moscow, I went to the store around 11:30pm to buy some beer, and the cashier checked her watch and said no. Why am I not allowed to buy alcohol at the store after 11pm in Russia?
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Are airport duty-free shops really cheaper?

I guess this one will be hard to answer because prices vary from airport to airport, but...every time I travel friends tell me not to forget to "bring something from the free shop". On a general ...
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Are there large US-style supermarkets in France?

I'm in Paris, and I've stopped into a Monoprix and a Carrefour, and in both cases compared to what I'm used to in the US the selection was quite small. It was just a fraction of what American stores ...
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How can I discern if a bottled drink is carbonated or not in Germany?

I have assumed that carbonated bottled drinks have the rugged base. But today I purchased a bottled drink in supermarket that doesn't have the rugged base, but it still was carbonated. So I can't ...
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Why aren't there cube-shaped suitcases or bags?

This is for check-in baggage, not carry on. A cube would maximise the volume while complying with the 62-inch limit on the length + width + height. It would be 20.7 inches along each side. It will ...
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Does Estonia have discount supermarket chains like Aldi and Lidl?

I'm back in Europe for the first time in eight years, and starting in a country I've never visited before, Estonia. My budget is low but it's off season. I've found the cheapest hostel. But I'm ...
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How can I find out where to buy uncommon (for the location) items while traveling?

I'm looking for ways to find brick&mortar stores where I can buy a given item in person, in a given city. For example, Q: Where can I find kale in Cancun? (A: at Chedraui) Q: Where can I buy a ...
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Buying reindeer meat in Helsinki

What is the best place to buy reindeer meat in Helsinki? Is this something best bought from a specialized shop (if yes, where?) or is it something you can just pick up at any supermarket? Are ...
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Convenience stores in India

Are there many (enough) convenience stores throughout India that sell prepackaged food? Thailand's 7-11 was great for cheese toasties, etc. I am wondering if we can get quick meals and snacks like ...
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Where can I find Japanese Lacquerware in Tokyo?

I've been racking my brains on this for quite a while now and would like to buy some traditional styled Japanese Lacquerware or shikki (漆器) in Tokyo. I've tried places like Asakusa and some online ...
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Taking a photo in a US supermarket

When I went to a supermarket in the USA, I was amused by the exotic vegetables, so I took a photo of the vegetable shelf. Soon, a worker came and told me angrily "You are not allowed to take photos in ...
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Why do some airport shops require your passport when you buy anything?

I've seen some, but not all, airport shops require my passport whenever I bought something, and others requiring my boarding pass. Why do they require the traveller's passport? The last instance of ...
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Can I ask for cash back in a grocery store in Dubai as it's done in the US?

I try to be more precise in the question. Can I walk in a grocery store in Dubai and after buying some stuff ask for withdraw cash by paying with card as it's done in the US supermarkets?
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Can we switch terminals at Heathrow (LHR) for shopping only?

We will be flying into and out of Terminal 5 at Heathrow. Now, my wife has taken fancy to a certain duty-free store located at Terminal 3. Assuming we factor in enough time before boarding our ...
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New Zealand Primark Equivalent?

Soon I'll be going to New Zealand for a year and rather than taking lots of clothes I would like to buy cheap ones while there. I've done a little research and I can't see that they have anything ...
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Asking for VAT refund on online purchases in Europe [closed]

I want to buy some goods (around 700 pounds worth - a camera, a gpu and an ssd) from Amazon UK. As I am living in Europe right now (residence in Ireland) is it possible to ask for a VAT refund, even ...
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Where to buy an effective decongestant for a headcold in Taiwan?

After surviving through the Sydney winter without catching a cold, I woke up on the morning of my flight to Taiwan with the beginnings of one. Now I find myself in 30+ temperatures with a blocked and ...
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Is it possible to buy outdoor clothing in Northern India/Nepal?

Another shopping question, but I do think it is on topic! I will soon travel to India, the first few months I will spend in the south and lower parts of the country where it will be warm and hot. As ...
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French bookshops in Paris

I'm going to be visiting Paris this September, and I'm looking for bookshops. Specifically, I'm interested in the French classics (Rostand, Hugo, Proust...), in nice hardback editions, and bookshops ...
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Step-down transformer that actually works?

I've gone through a couple of step-down transformers (220v → 110v) over the course of my travels. Each one I've purchased doesn't quite work as advertised; usually, the output voltage is still too ...
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Is trying on multiple shoes before purchasing considered rude or inappropriate in the US?

During my trip to the US, I visited several shopping malls and tried on multiple shoes before making a purchase. However, I noticed that the salespeople seemed unhappy when I asked to try on a few ...
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How to choose a guide book for your next trip?

So I have decided which country I want to visit next and go down to the local travel book store. On the shelves they have over ten different travel guide books about the country. How do I choose ...
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How to get a tax refund for computer accessories purchased on a visit to USA?

I am about to buy two Mac accessories in the Apple Store in Manhattan which cost a total of $98 before tax. I would like to get a refund for the tax before I get back to Europe. My question is what ...
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Where to buy zafu (can be secondhand) in Tokyo or Kyoto

Tomorrow I will be travelling to Tokyo, and later to Kyoto. I am interested in buying a new or secondhand zafu, which is a special cushion for zazen meditation. I already asked a similar question (...
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Dry ice in various EU countries?

A friend of mine wants to travel by car about the EU later this summer. Due to dietary restrictions, she wants to bring her own food in an ice chest rather than relying on local stores for things she ...
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Where to buy a second-hand smartphone in Seoul?

I'm currently travelling in South Korea, home of major smartphone companies such as Samsung. It's a country in a technology boom where everybody wants to have the latest gadgets. That implies they no ...
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Checking in a new bag during a layover

I will have a 10 hour layover in Seoul (ICN) and I want to go out and do some shopping. Is it possible to check in a bag during my layover? I will be traveling on Korean Air. I will only have 1 ...
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Do American supermarkets have shopping cart conveyors or shopping cart coins?

I recently saw a video of an American abroad who seemed quite astonished about things like shopping cart conveyors (edit: I have now learned that the correct term is "inclined moving walkway"...
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Shops and museums openings during Easter weekend in London

Are most shops and museums open during the Easter weekend (from Good Friday to Easter Monday) in London? Is there any day during the four-day break where there is more chance of finding them open?
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How much of Singapore shuts down on Christmas Day (and Eve?)

In Singapore, are any of the following likely to be open on Christmas Day? What about Christmas Eve? Does it depend on the area of the city? Neighborhood coffee shops Malls Hawker centres
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How to buy duty free other than at the airport?

Everybody knows you can buy things duty free at airports if you are leaving for or coming from another country. (You can also buy on airplanes and I think I've seen on some international ferries and ...
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Is it easy to find milk in Laos?

I've read that in Thailand there are a lot of 7/11 shops where you can buy all kinds of milk. But what happens in Laos? Is it easy to find milk in Laos? (more concrete: UHT milk).
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Does Singapore have an electronics district something like Tokyo's Akihabara?

In a few weeks I expect to be flying into Singapore to start a long overland trip. But my current laptop is dying and I like to have one on my travels. So I'm pretty sure computers and electronics ...
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Where can I buy double-edged razor blades, while traveling in China?

I use a razor that takes with a double-edge blade to shave, as I find cartridge razors to be expensive, irritating and easy to clog, and I am too lazy to take care of a straight razor properly! I ...
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Where can I buy authentic cheongsachorong (청사초롱) - traditional lanterns - in Seoul?

Cheongsachorong (청사초롱) are traditional lanterns, originally used for weddings in Korea. They are made of red and blue silk. Cheongsachorong By Minseong Kim (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://...
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Does Taiwan have thrift stores? How to find them?

Here in Australia we have the "Salvos" and "Vinnies" and many other "op shops" that sell old stuff people donated, and we have "Cash Converters" who buys your ...
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