Fearless Shopper: How to Get the Best Deals on the Planet

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This savvy book of tips and wisdom will help show you the best ways to shop, whether you're in your hometown or traveling the world. As a buyer for the Smithsonian, author Kathy Borrus roamed the planet looking for treasures and striking great bargains. Here, she shares her shopping secrets. Learn how to haggle in an open-air market in a language you don't even speak. Learn how to spot scams and avoid rip-offs. Learn when to buy and when to walk away. Borrus believes that "great shopping is not about acquiring ...
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Overview

This savvy book of tips and wisdom will help show you the best ways to shop, whether you're in your hometown or traveling the world. As a buyer for the Smithsonian, author Kathy Borrus roamed the planet looking for treasures and striking great bargains. Here, she shares her shopping secrets. Learn how to haggle in an open-air market in a language you don't even speak. Learn how to spot scams and avoid rip-offs. Learn when to buy and when to walk away. Borrus believes that "great shopping is not about acquiring things. It's about exploring culture and preserving the sights, sounds, and touch of a place. And whether you buy anything or not, shopping is about the enjoying the experience.
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Borrus, a former buyer for the Smithsonian Institution Museum Shops and currently a specialty retail marketing consultant, prepares readers to take on the world, literally, with tips, wisdom, and anecdotes on everything from back alley bargaining to cybershopping. She gives advice on shopping like a local anywhere in the world, telling how to haggle in a foreign language, how to spot scams, and how to buy the best travel gifts. A regional buyer's guide reveals the best markets and stores, local specialties, and places to strike the best deals. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885211392
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales Guides, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: Travelers' Tales Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 278
  • Product dimensions: 5.15 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter One
Detours & Diversions

Chapter Two
Fearless Preparations
--Dress the Part

Chapter Three
Safe Shopping

Chapter Four
Finding the Perfect Gift
--Gift Shopping in Catalogs

Chapter Five
Scoring a Find

Chapter Six
Secondhand Values

Chapter Seven
Consuming Less
--New Uses for Old Things

Chapter Eight
On-Line Shopping
--On-Line Auctions

Chapter Nine
Bazaars, Souks, and Third World Markets

Chapter Ten
Fearless Bargaining
--Bargaining 101
--Advanced Bargaining

Chapter Eleven
Fair Trade
--Questions for Researching Companies and Products

Chapter Twelve
Getting it Home --Taking It with You --Shipping --The Value-Added Tax (VAT)

Part Two

Fearless Shopper's Regional Shopping Guide

Africa
Asia
Western Europe & Eastern Europe
Russia & Central Asia
South & Central America
North America

Size Comparison Chart
Resources & References
Acknowledgments

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