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In Reply to: RE: Can someone explain why brittish Speaker prices rose posted by PAR on April 06, 2017 at 14:34:29
Every time I got to the UK it's a bank breaker! Between cabs, food and general expenses it's expensive to live there.
"Every time I got to the UK"
For many years, I've been reluctant to say "the last time I was in Switzerland, ..."
If you were to buy a pair of speakers here and take them back to the USA then, as you are not an EU citizen, you can reclaim the VAT when you leave.
However for day to day items VAT is indeed often charged. It isn't charged on travel or food (i.e. food ingredients). However you will pay it on restaurant meals.
Expensive? Well I had a cheeseburger and a cup of coffee in trendy Bermondsey Street a couple of weeks ago and that was only 30 gbp or about $37 :-). Depends where you eat of course. Outside of the trendy parts it gets a lot cheaper but, yes, it isn't a bargain country and London is very costly. How some people manage to live here I do not understand when housing is so eye wateringly expensive.
Cabs? Why use them? Public transport is excellent in most UK cities and most of the tourist sites in London's West End and City are really within walking distance of each other or at worst only need a quick hop on a bus (buy a pre-paid Oyster card). Black cabs are really the province of the business expense account. I have not used one since I retired. Minicabs are cheaper but have to be pre-booked.
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