Boxing Day Sales Don't Seem Cheap After Returning From India

Fiona and I returned from India on Boxing Day and we had a fantastic time. I will probably miss the food the most – I ate like a king and had some of the most amazing food I’ve ever had. Our cab took us past Yorkdale mall on the way through Toronto and as you can imagine the parking lot was full, there was even a backlog on the offramps to get to the mall parking lots from the highway! Of course, the increased mall traffic is due to all the Boxing Week sales when many retailers are trying to clear stock to make way for the 2009 lineups – deals are a-plenty and there are a lot of good deals to be had…

…unless you’ve justĀ  been to India where your dollar goes a LONG way. Here are some examples:

  • We had a chauffeur service and as an example, for one leg of the trip he drove us around 800km between cities (return) and before, during and after was at our beck and call if we wanted to go out for lunch, go sight-seeing or shopping, etc. He would just sit in the car and wait for us to finish. For this particular three day stretch the total cost was $162 CAD. Our cab ride from Pearson to Ajax was $83.
  • Two lattes from the local version of Starbucks was $4, instead of $3.xx for one which is what we pay in Canada.
  • We picked up a 100% cotton table runner and 8 cotton napkins for $8. They were labelled as Pier 1 products. Similar items from Peir 1’s website would be over $60 all together.
  • Fiona had some henna applied to one of her hands, took the artist about 20 minutes and cost about $1.25.

I miss India already!!!

Preet Banerjee
Preet Banerjee
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