When you’re relaxed and away from the pressures of everyday life, you might not consider the purchase as carefully as you normally would. You end up looking at things you would never consider at home. But here you are on an island paradise, something dazzles your eye and before you know it, it’s being offered to you…. “Take it home without paying (leave us your credit card), have it checked out and if doesn’t appraise out, send it back!” What could be better?
In conclusion, our Best Advice:
Do your homework before the trip. There are many ways to research what you intend to buy. For totally unbiased opinions, ask some of the cruise ship employees, such as your waiter, cabin attendant or the spa staff. They are in these ports every week and have no agenda for steering guests to any particular store. Many reliable stores in the islands have web sites where you can visit and get ideas on jewelry, pricing, return policies, and repair centers.. Ask for personal referrals from other more seasoned travelers. Consider only something that you know with certainty that you cannot get at home. Look for pieces that are native to the island. Don’t forget your friends. People love to recommend places that they like or have had good experiences with. If you had a good experience with a jeweler, continue that relationship. They want to keep your business and get referrals. Never let your guard down. Have your purchases appraised by an independent appraiser as soon as you get home. If you don’t do your homework or you are still uneasy, use the advice of the cruise line. Although they will not bargain for you, they will help you resolve any issues you may encounter. Remember that jewelers are professionals in their business and in the price tug-of-war you cannot win unless you are equipped with the right tools. The stores are ready to welcome you, are you ready to pay them a visit?
Yantz Bradbury Associates
P.O. Box 10123 – Rockville, Maryland – 20850
Office: (301) 335-6687
Serving MD, VA and DC Metro Area