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Tips for Shopping Overseas
Friday, 10 March 2006

Even if you're not a shopoholic at home, there's something about being in a different country that turns everyone into ashopping machine. The items are so different and well, when will you have a chance to buy the fabulous item your gazing at again? But "Buyer Beware" is a good idea everywhere. Here a few tips to make your shopping fun and easy.

1) Bring a extra collapsible bag in your luggage. Use it for all purchases only and going the customs will be far easier and you won't end up crushing a precious prize in your suitcase.

2) Keep a purchase diary. This will make the customs forms a breeze and keep you shoppng smart. Be sure to include what you paid in local currency and its equivalent in your currency. That will keep you on budget.3) Bring your shopping bags with you. Carry them with you when you shop. Many countries expect their customers to bring bags, especially in grocery stores.

4) It's not a bargain if you have to pay duty charges. It's also not a bargain if it is confiscated at customs. Check with the consulate of the country you are traveling to confirm duty charges and items that are not allowed for export out of the country.

5) Bring measurements and swatches from home. If you are considering purchases overseas for items that have to fit or match, such as rugs or furniture, be sure you have the dimensions and colors. Nobody wants heartbreak when your item is delivered.

6) Know your overseas clothing sizes. Charts can show you the difference between American, English, Continenetal and Japanese sizes. Or find a saleperson at a shop that will help you try on sizes until you find the right one.

7) Pay for large puchases by credit card. We have touched on this previously, but if you pay for a purchase with a credit card, the store can issue a VAT (value added tax) credit back to your credit card. Plus you will have recourse through the credit card company if an item is shipped to you and never arrives or arrives incomplete or broken.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 October 2006 )
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