That particular thread is about jewelry, which would be one of the most common onboard purchases. I am a trained Gemologist with over 20 years experience in the jewelry business and I guarantee you that I have NEVER seen a bargain in the on board shops or the shops on shore! It is hard for me to understand why anybody would buy any major item onboard. But apparently lots and lots of people do.
Now an exception is local touristy stuff. I bought a cute amber donkey in the Dominican Republic, for example, and some matroyshka dolls in Russia. It is fun buying them locally. Still don't see any reason to buy the same item on the ship.
I restrict my shipboard purchases to polo shirts and caps with the cruise line logo on them.
NEVER! Our best friends are GIA gemologists, who just retired from their own shop after many, many years, and our son-in-law is also a GIA gemologists, and goldsmith. All three have advised against buying anything major from the islands, or from the ships stores. Yes, there are some nice pieces, but there are no real bargains, and as noted in the post, where are you going to go if you have a problem? Nope,,,,,I'll stick to a known source when I lay down major bucks for jewelery.
On our Baltic Cruise last year, I bought some "fauxberge" jewellery onboard....as opposed to "faberge".....I like "pretty" jewellery, but dont give a damn if its "real" or not. Those who inherit it after I fall off my perch wont care either.....I would never pay huge prices for anything on a ship. On our South American Circumnavigation, a representative from H Sterns was onboard......we got to know him quite well....his aim in life was to get my husband to buy some H Stern jewellery before he left the ship.....he failed.....as much as I loved some of their jewellery, do you know how may cruises I could do for the price of just one small piece?? I would rather a cruise with memories than a bauble I would rarely use.
__________________ Granny Lorr
Seabourn Pride...Dover to Singapore...88 Days....Sept 17 2011