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Old July 20th, 2007, 04:51 PM
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I'm going to Nassau, St. Maarten and St. Thomas in a week and was wondering if anyone can tell me where's a good place to buy pearls. I would like a few strands and am trying to figure out where would have the best prices.... if you know of anywhere did they bargain??

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Old July 23rd, 2007, 02:15 PM
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sarydon, St. Thomas and St.Maarten would be your best shopping ports. We have found that we can get better deals in St.Maarten over St. Thomas, St.Thomas has gotten very commerical and touristy when it comes to jewerly purchases. I would suggest that you have a general idea of what a similar strand would cost you at home and use that price as a base. I would also suggest that you attend the on board shopping lectures, you will get good info and discount coupons, there is a slight catch with this however, if you go to the stores that the ship recommends even with the discounts you will most likely pay more than you would if you went to a small family owned jewelry store, but the ship recommend stores will honor your purchases if you register it and something breaks. If you buy from a small family owned business you have more haggle power but if something breaks you are out of luck. Also if you see something on one island that you ooh and ahh over buy it, don't wait until you get to the other island hoping to find the same thing for a better price, it won't happen and you will be dissappointed.
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