Smart Shopping: Can You Get Better Bargains Abroad?On August 14, 2014 by Marie Gizelle
People today are all too concerned about getting the best bargains. Even certified shopaholics have developed their own “techniques” to stretch their budget and go home with more shopping bags on their arms. A recent trend observed by an online shopping voucher website MyVoucherCodes.co.uk is the practice of shopping abroad. About 60% of tourists from the UK buy more than just souvenirs from the places they visit. Interestingly, a lot of them actually make shopping a major part of their vacations. About 26% of those who shop abroad put the best shopping bargains as part of their criteria for choosing their vacation destinations.
A huge part of this trend is due to economics. It simply is more cost effective to shop abroad with all the bargains in different parts of the world. Furthermore, the favorable exchange rates for the British currency allow these tourists to buy more items abroad. The United States tops the list of the most popular destinations for bargain shopping, followed closely by Turkey and Dubai. Among the usual purchases in these destinations include consumer electronics and gadgets like Apple products, tablets, ebook readers, and gaming consoles. Jewellery and apparel are also popular purchases in bargains abroad. Dubai is a particularly an attractive shopping vacation destination as it is known for its duty free stores. Tourists usually make their purchases from shopping malls and market stalls.
Planning shopping vacations starts with looking for places where they can get the best bargains on the items they wish to shop for. Some of the respondents in the MyVoucherCodes.co.uk‘s poll also revealed that packing light is part of their preparation for their vacations. Anticipating the amount of items they intend to purchase, they usually make sure that their suitcases are not filled enough to start with so they can conveniently pack their shopping loot for their travel back home. A good tip from frequent shopping vacation travelers is to remove the labels before packing the items to avoid duties and charges when they reenter their home country. It is also recommended to take electronics and gadgets out of their packaging and to use them before flying back home.
While it has been proven that shopping abroad can indeed give you better bargains than online stores, you can still turn to these online stores for other discounts. To save more on your shopping vacation, you can get deals and discounts on your travel fare and accommodations from these websites. Any traveler would also know how important it is to check travel and entry regulations when it comes to the type and amount of goods that can be brought into UK. With this kind of preparation, any tourist who travels outside UK for shopping deals will come home more than satisfied with all the bargain purchases.
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