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I am off for a short break to New York city, for the first time, in a few weeks . Whenever you tell people that you are going to New York they always seem to advise taking an empty suitcase for all that shopping (this seems to particularly apply to the fairer sex!). So my question is are the goods in NY really cheaper and if so what are the best bargains to be looking out for?
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You can shop in the UK but you can't see the sights of New York over here, we went over a few years ago and the only shop we went to was Macy's, something to do with getting a bag my wife said, there was just to much other things to see and do without shopping.
What are you after buying? Camera gear, or just stuff in general? Everything is slightly cheaper due to the exchange rate, but I'm not sure if there are massive savings to be had these days as there have in the past.
(someone will also be around shortly to remind you to declare whatever you buy when you return to the UK...)
If you're going for camera kit, stay away from the nasty tourist shops that sell all things electronic, and head for B&H Photo - I can't remember the exact address, but it's down past Madison Square gardens. It's a camera-lovers dream shop, and has very knowledgeable staff too. Be sure to check the opening times/days before you go - the shop observes Jewish holidays which can catch you out if you're not familiar with when they are.
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If you want to buy cheap(er) clothes, jeans etc, we were told to go down 7th and 8th Avenues as they are away from the main stores. We did pickup some good bargains, but that we a few years ago.
I loved New York, sightseeing and camera opportunities are a plenty. enjoy your visit.
If you go to Macy's go to customer service with some ID. As a foreigner to the USA they will give you a 11% discount card which will be valid for 6 months.
B&H is a must and is ony a block or two from Macys (as said above they are closed Saturdays)
SOHO is also a geat place to shop and has wonderful restaurants
If you there on a Saturday popdown to Union Square for the Farmers Market, there is also a fantastic Boarders Books and Whole Foods on the square.
B & H is at 420th on ninth Ave on the corner of 34th street , was in there last week its not so cheap any more and bare in mind that you have to add NY tax at 7% to the quoted price.
With the dollar exchange rate and no uk warrenty i would at this point in time buy here in the UK unless you see something you can not get here. if you have a web type phone check the prices here before buying anyhing, its not as good as two years ago.
But B&H WILL blow your mind there is no other photo store like it in the world. they also sell TV's, Hifi, and computers to but all in 110 volts.
There is plenty to do but you will be in bed by 8/9 pm on the first day off arriving. personally i hate the place it dirty and people are rude but i have to go on business.
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I travel to NY a lot on business, I actually find them very friendly. It so easy to go out by myself, just meet people in NY and chat to them. Something I find very difficult in London.
The service there is also excellent.
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Thanks everyone. I don't think I'll be investing in camera gear (I think I might just take a peek in B & H as it sounds like a place to drool for a while) just interested in whether I should be making sure I have got bag space to bring anything back. I will of course be packing the camera to capture some memories.
B&H have a large selection of used kit. You might find a bargain there; filters, etc.
I just ordered a Sony ereader for my wife from the US, and the prices are very low compared to Europe. From what I could see, UK prices were about 100% higher than US prices. I paid $200.00 USD for a Sony PSR600 RC, free shipping, new.
Quote: head for B&H Photo - I can't remember the exact address, but it's down past Madison Square gardens. It's a camera-lovers dream shop, and has very knowledgeable staff too. Be sure to check the opening times/days before you go - the shop observes Jewish holidays which can catch you out if you're not familiar with when they are.
address and opening times for the B&H superstore.
Quote: people are rude but i have to go on business.I've found New York has grown on me over the years, I hated it the first time I went there on business, now I quite look forward to it once I'm past the whole airport/airline/customs farce.
I think clothing (non fashion) is generally cheaper than the UK, food is also better quality & value than the UK, but everything else is about par now.
I managed to rip a pair of work trousers getting out of a taxi in Beijing, so needed a new pair in New York for the following week. Made the mistake of starting my shopping in Saks on 5th avenue as it was near the hotel!! $$$$ !! Ended up buying in Macey's for a much more reasonable price. Bloomingdales is the other big department store. Worth a walk up and down 5th Avenue for the window shopping, and seeking out the bargins in Chelsea or Soho.
[quote]...bare in mind that you have to add NY tax at 7% to the quoted price.quote]
Which, if you keep the receipts, you can claim back at the airport before you depart.
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