Our European readers should consider heading to the Big Apple for Christmas shopping bargains.
A survey by the Post Office (Britain’s mail service) has revealed that some items are up to 55% cheaper in New York than London.
The Post Office survey gives examples that include a Jet Pack Buzz Light year toy, costing £50 in London, is just £24.27 in New York, while a pair of Levi’s 501s costing Londoners £50 are just £22.29 in New York.
The survey showed that, while fashion items are invariably cheaper in New York than in London, prices for perfumes and beauty products are often higher.
Duty-free allowance for UK citizens travelling from the USA to the UK rose earlier this year from £340 to £390 meaning bargain hunters can bring back higher priced items like the Apple iPad
Don’t forget that additional savings can be made by shopping in stores like Bloomingdales and Macys, which offer a 10 per cent discount to foreign visitors to offset the 8.8 per cent New York sales tax.
Although most items are cheaper, the savings vary, so you should check prices carefully, before you splash your cash to make sure you are getting value for money for your Christmas gifts.
The granddaddy of all discount department stores is Century 21, across the street from the World Trade Centre site. New stock flows in all the time, as do throngs of customers.
Those looking for electronics should head a little further north to the J&R mega mart who have competitive prices on everything from cameras and computers to CDs and software.
A word to the wise, based on personal experience, is to be cautious about buying electronics at the ‘going out of business’ shops in Midtown.
There are some great hotel deals available and the Milford Plaza, at Times Square, is just one of a hotels, on the One Vacation Club web site, with ‘winter savers’ where you can get up to 30% discount on a winter stay in New York.