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Shopping in florida

Posted on August 31, 2012

Theres loads of places to shop in orlando. Personally, i only tend to visit a few shops in the malls, but end up just hanging out and mooching free wifi from places like the apple store while my GF goes off and does some proper shopping! most of what I want can be found at either walmart, urban outfitters (good for books and lomo camera stuff) or online at amazon.com! bear in mind that store prices dont usually include sales tax on top, so that will cost you ~7% on top of any advertised prices. If you are lucky enough to be able to get deliveries to your hotel/villa, then some absolute bargains can be had on geek toys as in the past, amazon's prices are the price you pay (ie no additional taxes) - so buying apple kit from there compared to the apple store will usually be at least 7% cheaper.

Add to this the "apple tax" you get on UK prices and you could potentially save hundreds of pounds on apple kit.

Bear in mind you are only allowed an allowance of £390 (a fraction over $600 at current exchange rates).. on top of that you are meant to declare it and pay tax/duty. Whether you do or not is up to you, I cant recommend that you do it, just be aware of the potential consequences!

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING ELECTRICALS IN THE US:

  • is it dual voltage? (ie if it plugs into the mains, will the PSU work on 240v as well as 110v? A stepdown converter may be needed
  • if it charges via USB, you will need to source a UK plug>USB. these days any self-respecting geek will already have several of these anyway! failing that, you can charge it from your computer...
  • are there any region locks on the device? (original nintendo DS games are region free, but 3DS games are region-locked! will that US console work with the games you buy in the uk, or will you have to import everything?)
  • what if it breaks down? does the warranty cover the UK? apple kit is worldwide, a lot of things bought at walmart are covered if you return them to asda in the uk, but a lot of other things may not be covered. is it worth the savings if the item breaks down after 3 months and you cannot return it easily?
  • is it actually that much cheaper? some things are much cheaper in the US, other things, not so much. especially items made in the UK! also, things like cameras... these days, there are still savings to be made, but at current exchange rates, there is sometimes only a few quid difference in price between the UK and the US. research your prices. is it really worth saving $10 on that camera when you get a full UK warranty when you buy it over here?
heres some useful mall info for those who prefer doing their shopping in person 🙂

http://yavin4.gofreeserve.com/mallStores/viewMallStores.php

The Mall at Millenia
4200 Conroy Road
Orlando, FL 32839
http://www.mallatmillenia.com

Florida Mall
8001 S Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32809-9132
http://www.simon.com/mall/default.aspx?ID=139

Orlando Premium Outlets - Vineland Ave
8200 Vineland Avenue
Orlando, FL 32821
http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=17

Prime Outlets Orlando
4951 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
http://www.primeoutlets.com

Festival Bay Mall at International Drive
5250 International Drive
Orlando, Florida 32819
http://www.shopfestivalbaymall.com/

Altamonte Mall
451 East Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs, Florida 32701
http://www.altamontemall.com/

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