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Future Cruiser March 21st, 2012 01:57 AM

Duty-free ship stores
 
Every time I read about a cruise ship's stores, they are all described as "duty-free" and that is advertised as the best thing about them. What on Earth does that mean? :confused:

aerospace March 21st, 2012 02:13 AM

Duty free is essentially tax free...not just local sales tax. Many items get taxed by the government when imported into the country, then you add state tax and local taxes. On some items it could be 30% or more cheaper being duty-free. Most popular items are cigarettes and alcohol though someone who uses them often could give more examples.

Tax for a carton of cigarettes in New York 27.50
Tax in South Carolina 70cents

Depends where you live on how much savings you would see.

Moiraine March 21st, 2012 08:36 AM

Yep, cig are the biggest selling items there...but there is a limit on the number you can bring in. It's only a carton or two.

Future Cruiser March 21st, 2012 02:49 PM

I am not a smoker or drinker, but I have a rule to always collect postcards and also buy destination t-shirts.

Moiraine March 21st, 2012 04:25 PM

I always buy the postcards, too. Sometimes I get the t shirts.

Bruce Chafkin1 March 22nd, 2012 09:59 PM

Duty Free goods were sold to the vendor without import or export duty added to the price.
In theory, he can then sell those goods to you without adding duty to the price you pay to him.
That's what normally happens.

This can be different from Tax Free Goods.
There are some locations where Duty Free goods are sold, but sales tax must be added to the final price. There are other places where Tax Free goods are sold, but duty is added to the price. This is all governed by local import and export laws.

Buying Duty Free - or Tax Free - goods does not mean you will not have to pay Duty or Taxes at some point or place.
It only means that the seller is selling them to you without adding any Duty or Tax at the point of sale.
When/if you try to take those Duty Free / Tax Free goods into another country, you may be required to pay duty or taxes according to the import laws and regulations of that particular country.

Buying Duty Free or Tax Free goods does not guarantee a good price for you. It only means that duty or tax are not added. It doesn't mean that the seller cannot add a 200% profit margin onto the price hs is asking.
Most Caribbean "Duty Free" shops are an example of this.
The shop owners know that naive cruisers are looking to buy things "Duty Free" in the islands to get a bargain. So they sell duty free, but the total price is higher than what you might pay at home.

Donna March 23rd, 2012 08:28 AM

So true, that is why it is always a good idea to know prices at home before you venture out on your cruise. Sometimes, there is some savings, other times not.

Lakers Fan May 25th, 2012 09:22 PM

I ONLY buy tee shirts and post cards .

Kamloops Cruiser May 26th, 2012 04:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Future Cruiser (Post 1421577)
Every time I read about a cruise ship's stores, they are all described as "duty-free" and that is advertised as the best thing about them. What on Earth does that mean? :confused:

Ships are duty free and tax free . That means that no duty is paid or taxes.
Example : If you buy something in Florida you will pay taxes that include state , federal and city. On board after they are at least 10 miles offshore
none of the above taxes will be collected . That's why ships stores don't open when in port so they don't have charge any tax including local taxes or duty. That doesn't mean that the ship shore won't increase the price anyway after all they do have to make a profit and pay their expenses.

HawkeyeFLA May 26th, 2012 11:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Kamloops Cruiser (Post 1429945)
Ships are duty free and tax free . That means that no duty is paid or taxes.
Example : If you buy something in Florida you will pay taxes that include state , federal and city. On board after they are at least 10 miles offshore
none of the above taxes will be collected . That's why ships stores don't open when in port so they don't have charge any tax including local taxes or duty. That doesn't mean that the ship shore won't increase the price anyway after all they do have to make a profit and pay their expenses.

It's interesting to note also, that while the ship is docked in port and you make a purchase at the bar, you will see sales tax added. At least I have in the past. Don't know if this is still going on.

Kamloops Cruiser May 27th, 2012 09:48 AM

Yes noticed when we where in Hawaii on the Sapphire.

Joaquin August 29th, 2012 02:40 AM

What kind of this store is there we can purchase duty free ship's if yes then how we can purchase duty free ships because this is in under of government who import these ships i red out Aerospace and Bruf cafkin's posts and i am agreed but i have one question that what kind of store display that they have display in front of their ship shop's to show off the peoples......


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