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cruisingal January 22nd, 2001 07:30 PM

Where to Shop
 
Is there any difference in the prices of jewerly, diamonds, and liquor in St. Marteen and St. Thomas. I have heard that St. Marteen is better. Any advice?


Thanks,

Trip January 24th, 2001 08:48 PM

Re: Where to Shop
 
hi,i have found both islands to have great shopping......jewelry in both ports,run the gamut in pricing....one tip,may be obvious,but NEVER pay the ticket price,offer to pay cash,this may lower the price even more....don't be pulled in by the one carat tennis braclet for 199.00,unless you like diamonds that look like kosher salt..sometimes if there are fewer ships in,better prices may be found...perfumes tend to be fair traded from island to island....promotions on island liquors can be great values,and the airports are filled with cruisers carrying liquor boxes home..2 places i have found good savings with knowledgable sales people in st thomas,are diamonds in paradise,and beverlys,in havensight mall at the docks..once on a cruise,my recently repaired omega necklace broke on ship, i went off in st martin to get a new one,and the store took my necklace as old gold,and lowered the price of the new one....my last piece of advice is LOVE what you buy.because the shop owners are waving goodby:):):)


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