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:) We will be there in February and was wondering if its really worth the time to go shopping?


From what I have read, there is a lot of it but the question that I have is it a good value? If the pricing is not better then what we get in the states, why have to lug it home.


We are looking for clothing and jewlery. Are there knock off places or do they only have the real thing?


Please advise

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We did some shopping last week. Bought some souveners but the prices are not any better than in the states - perhaps slightly higher. Most of the prices dowmtown were marked in dollars or in both dollars and florins.

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The real advantage of buying at the stores in Aruba is the vast selection. Many of the styles of Jewelry and watches you wont find in the US. The huge variety of diamonds and colored stones of this quality will boggle your mind. You probably can get just as good of a deal as in the US however you will have to shop far and wide to get the selection.


One secret to get an incredible deal is to find the older stock. Diamond and gold prices have jumped dramaticly in the past two years. Most of the jewelers in the Caribbean haven't adjusted their prices accordingly, their selling the items at the price from a few years ago. Ask the clerk about items which have been around awhile or have older reports with them. I've seen many older items being sold for prices that are waay below their current manufacture costs. The classic jewelry items never go out of style.





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Don't waste your time shopping. There really is nothing "Aruban" to purchase and the jewelry is the same in Aruba as it is at any other island. If gold is worth "X" per ounce it will not be significantly less expensive in any shop. Diamonds also have a set value but shops mark up the product differently. In large cities such as NYC you can eliminate the middleman and find a reasonable price at a shop that can guarantee the product. Many shops in Aruba do have US shops or agents to help out if there are problems but I would prefer to be able to walk into a shop if there was a problem.

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for a lovely perfume there is a store AGATHAS, the perfume is called AGATHA. Went there on a suggestion from these boards. Loved the perfume. Not cheap. Was a treat but i will purchase it again come this February when i am there. The store is within walking distance. Lust ask a local.

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