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    Duty Free Items?

    Leaving the country (Bahamas) this coming weekend for vacation. Never have purchased duty free liquor or tobacco? Any good recommendations on what to bring back?
    I think it would be fun to bring back a bottle of something that no one has ever heard of and enjoy it at the spring game.



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    Re: Duty Free Items?

    No recs, but I can tell you you'll pay a bit more for whatever you end up buying. I remember flying out of San Juan, and seeing a 3.00 USA Today in the duty-free shop.

    Typically, you just take your receipt onto the plane with you, and then the steward brings you your stuff once everyone is onboard.



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    Re: Duty Free Items?

    I doubt you will find anything that nobody has ever heard of from the Bahamas.

    I think you get to bring back 2 bottles/person duty free. Maybe 3. Just buy them anywhere in the Bahamas (I'd avoid the "duty free" stores. You can get better deals at Costco than at those), and pack them in your CHECKED luggage. Be sure to declare them at customs when you go back through.



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    Re: Duty Free Items?

    What does duty free mean?


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    Re: Duty Free Items?

    I buy Vodka its a great deal




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    Re: Duty Free Items?

    Quote Originally Posted by jumbopackage View Post
    I doubt you will find anything that nobody has ever heard of from the Bahamas.

    I think you get to bring back 2 bottles/person duty free. Maybe 3. Just buy them anywhere in the Bahamas (I'd avoid the "duty free" stores. You can get better deals at Costco than at those), and pack them in your CHECKED luggage. Be sure to declare them at customs when you go back through.
    Or don't declare them and hope you don't get checked. just kidding.



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    Re: Duty Free Items?

    Military Class VI is always better, so I always use that.


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    Re: Duty Free Items?

    Quote Originally Posted by Phaedrus View Post
    Military Class VI is always better, so I always use that.
    This is true. Cheaper, and tax-free!



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    Quote Originally Posted by TarHeelHawk View Post
    This is true. Cheaper, and tax-free!
    What does that mean?



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    Re: Duty Free Items?

    Quote Originally Posted by johnpkelly81 View Post
    What does that mean?
    A Class VI (6) store is a store on a military base that sells hard liqour, if I remember correctly, and it's run by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES). Typically, things you buy through AAFES are tax free, and cost a little less.



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    Re: Duty Free Items?

    Quote Originally Posted by LeSchmick View Post
    What does duty free mean?
    Tax free items, makeup, cigars, booze, etc.



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    Re: Duty Free Items?

    Just get the stuff you like. I always get liters for less than the price of a 750


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    Re: Duty Free Items?

    Quote Originally Posted by johnpkelly81 View Post
    What does that mean?
    You don't pay state taxes on liquor you buy from a military store.
    In fact, you don't pay state taxes on anything you buy from a military store.
    The Class VI generally has the cheapest booze you can buy.

    Duty Free generally means you aren't paying any federal or state/local taxes on the goods you buy. They are usually at airports, or other points of international exchange.

    So long as you stay within your duty free allowance, you are allowed to bring the items into the country without paying the tax on importing it. If you exceed the allowance, you need to pay the appropriate import tax.

    It's actually a bit complicated.



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    Re: Duty Free Items?

    I was able to purchase two .75 liters of Crown reserve for $22. Rum is also very cheap and Kahlua.



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    Re: Duty Free Items?

    Quote Originally Posted by jumbopackage View Post
    You don't pay state taxes on liquor you buy from a military store.
    In fact, you don't pay state taxes on anything you buy from a military store.
    The Class VI generally has the cheapest booze you can buy.

    Duty Free generally means you aren't paying any federal or state/local taxes on the goods you buy. They are usually at airports, or other points of international exchange.

    So long as you stay within your duty free allowance, you are allowed to bring the items into the country without paying the tax on importing it. If you exceed the allowance, you need to pay the appropriate import tax.

    It's actually a bit complicated.
    Hey, that helps, thanks for the explanation! I've always seen duty free stores in airports and I've always felt like it was a "club" to be able to bring something back. It may sound weird, but I'm really excited I can, even if its only 5 bucks saved. Maybe it's just that the liquor bottles hypnotize me, I dunno...



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