My wife and I had done some shopping downtown for souvenirs. We stopped by an open store to buy some local rum before re-boarding a cruise ship. A 750ml bottle of Tortuga Rum was labled $10 US for a light rum, and $11 US for a dark rum. I think a bottle of spiced rum was $14 US. When I asked to check out, I was told that they could not sell liquor an hour before the cruise ships left. I was curious, but asked who could sell liquor. When the clerk told me that I could only buy inside the duty-free shops inside security, I figured I would be paying a higher price. When I checked out Tortuga Duty Free Liquor next to Sugars, I was blown away. The exact same rum products I was looking at less than a block away were $35, $40, and $42, or 400% higher! I looked at the prices of other liquors I am familiar with, and found that they were also unreasonably high. Tortuga Rum lost a sale to me, and my wife mentioned that many people were leaving the store empty-handed. I thought I might buy a single local beer for $2.50 instead, but while waiting in line I decided I did not want to give my business to someone who so coldly and calculatingly seeks to extract the maximum price from their tourists. I put the beer back in the cooler and consoled myself that travelers have ways to share information now to alert each-other to situations like these.
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