Not much of a shopper but a friend told me that I should look for a new camera while I'm on my cruise. He said that there are deals??? We are going to be in Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Jamica. What are the chances of me finding a deal on a Canon DSLR ?
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The bargains are not there these days, like they were years back..I would say you could probably do better at home...do copious research for pricing, here before you go...Grand Cayman is not an island for bargains...
Also, google the islands,and see if any tech stores have websites...
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Even if you price a camera at home the chances are that they'll dazzle you with different models once in their stores. The ships do the same thing expecting you'll buy from them. Unless you see something that you're very impressed with I'd rather shop around before you leave on the cruise as the savings aren't what they used to be 30 years ago and definitely not worth the aggravation.
Unfortunately, the Western Caribbean does not really have any great ports for shopping bargains. Grand Cayman will have very nice items, but prices are higher than what you'll find back home. I wouldn't really trust items anywhere else.
If you really want a good bargain, St. Thomas is the port to shop. I bought a digital camera that was $100 cheaper than everywhere else I could find here. I also bought a digital scuba diving watch that I had been shopping for and found it for $125 less in St. Thomas.
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I haven't seen a "deal" on any electronics in over ten years. You can do better through a big box store or online than you can in the Caribbean. That is from any reputable shop. You may find a deal from some guy who says "Wanna buy a camera."
The last real deal I saw was a Breitling watch I bought in Jamaica in 2000. It was $500 less than I could get it anywhere else and was in a reputable store. I've had it cleaned by Breitling twice since then and it's my every day watch.
I used to go to Kirk's in Grand Cayman to look at their selection of Rolex watches. They have a great selection but their prices are equivalent to my local Rolex dealer's. BTW: Customs agents can easily spot a new, high end, watch so be careful if you wear your new Rolex off the ship. Even a high end watch, in good condition, can set you up for questioning. It's happened to me.
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