The Falcon Guide to Shopping on Holiday
Planning a shopping trip abroad this year? There are many ways to find a bargain when shopping on holiday. Here we look at three different styles of shopping: local markets, souvenir shops and designer stores.
Searching for bargains at a busy local market can be a thrilling experience. Whether it is the smell of fresh food cooking that gets you going, or the whiff of dusty antiques, markets are an exciting journey for the senses. Experienced bargain hunters will always take in the feel of a market before rushing into a purchase; look for the types of things on offer, their quantity and their quality. Are there marked variations in price between stalls? Even a little bit of research can help inform your decision on what to buy.
It is essential to remember cash when you go to a market – the majority of market traders won’t deal in anything else. Traders are often open to haggling – but it depends where you are and the character of the market. If you are going to try and strike a deal, it helps if you are friendly and polite. Trying to bully somebody into a deal like they do on The Apprentice will almost always get you nowhere. Arriving near the end of trading for the day can help you secure a bargain – traders are often under pressure to make a quick sale.
We love to bring back a souvenir to remind us of special holidays. But picking up something cheap and nasty can leave you with all the wrong memories.
Take some time to look for authentic arts and crafts produced in your destination. This could be anything from handwoven shawls to local pottery – not only will you come home with a tasteful gift; the profits from your purchase will go directly to local tradespeople.
If you are looking for something larger than a small keepsake – a carpet for example – do your research and travel to the source of production, rather than a big outlet. The extra time and effort will be worth it.
It’s no secret that designer clothing and electronic goods can be cheaper to buy overseas. Shoppers flock to shopping meccas around the globe to pick up everything from handbags to iPads at a knockdown price.
If this is your plan make sure that you are aware of any added taxes that may eat into your savings. Among the things that you will find considerably cheaper abroad are cameras, handbags and perfume. But always be on the lookout for fake goods. Buying poor quality rip-offs could see you fined or even jailed in some countries.
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For more advice on how to save money by shopping on holiday check out advice sites like Money Saving Expert. If you have any tips or tricks let us know on social media.
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