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Please explain "Duty Free Shopping"

 
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Derrek



Joined: 15 Jan 2003

PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2003 1:46 am    Post subject: Please explain "Duty Free Shopping" Reply with quote

Ok, I know a little. Mostly I just ignore it all on the airplanes because I really don't need a $75 bottle of wine or some perfume..

My question is this...

I went to Lotte Department store at Jamsil the other day. Near the top, they have a "duty free" shop. Prices were in American dollars, and some of the things were SOMETIMES substantially cheaper (video cameras and digital cameras, for example -- although selection wasn't huge).

Can I, as a foreigner, in Korea, qualify to buy such items? Do I have to be a visitor on vacation, or have some special status?

Thanks
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william beckerson
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2003 5:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I cant see why they wouldnt sell to you. You got won, you got friends.
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Derrek



Joined: 15 Jan 2003

PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2003 11:15 am    Post subject: Dollars Reply with quote

That's the thing... it's all for sale in Dollars.

Am wondering if they check a passport or something.
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Hank Scorpio



Joined: 18 Jan 2003
Location: Ann Arbor, MI

PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2003 12:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Dollars Reply with quote

Derrek wrote:
That's the thing... it's all for sale in Dollars.

Am wondering if they check a passport or something.


I don't think that matters, but even if it did, don't you have any american friends that can help you out?

It's also good to make friends with some US troops in Korea. My military ID expired back in '98, but with the help of some friends I can still shop at the PX and comissary, and fulfill my need for cheese, spices, and western vittles, usually for cheaper than I'd get it in the states.
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kimcheeking
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2003 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can buy stuff there, but you have to show them your ticket out of the country. You will then be able to pick it up at the airport duty free when you leave.
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Derrek



Joined: 15 Jan 2003

PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2003 6:24 pm    Post subject: Thanks Reply with quote

That answers my question, Kim.

No return ticket yet.
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Zyzyfer



Joined: 29 Jan 2003
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2003 6:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Dollars Reply with quote

Hank Scorpio wrote:
I can still shop at the PX and comissary, and fulfill my need for cheese...


DAMN YOU, SCORPIO!!! I'm envious.
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Hyalucent



Joined: 16 Jan 2003
Location: British North America

PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2003 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What's going to happen if I buy something at the duty free shop, pick it up at the airport, and then bring it back to Korea with me on my return? The thing I'm looking for is a relatively big ticket item-- not something generally associated with being an English Teacher.

Would I get dinged by customs coming back in? Have to pay an import tax?
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