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Cash, Credit Card or Travelers Checks in St. Maarten?
Thanks to KenandJulie, my wife has now decided that she needs to buy a Tanzanite ring in St. Maarten. Just kidding. She really has wanted this ring since we saw it there last April.
What is the best way to pay for the ring in order to get the best deal? Do most of the stores accept Visa/MC/AMEX, etc? Do they give you a better deal if you pay with cash? I don't want to carry around a couple of thousand dollars in cash unless I can save at least 5%.
One thing to be aware of in St. Maarten is that you may have trouble using your credit card for large purchases. I tried to use my card (also to purchase a ring) and it was repeatedly declined. After the very patient and understanding sales clerk called to company for me, I learned from my credit card company that since I was using the card so far from home, it was their policy to decline all purchases. Once I answered a few questions they were satisfied that I was who I claimed to be and let the purchase go through. They say that it is for my protection but it can be a long process.
When bargaining with the seller, always ask for the price if you pay in cash (traveler's checks are considered cash). You'll get a much lower price on the item. It works for me every time!
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