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Old 08-21-2011, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:44 PM
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I didn't want to start another thread on Europe since this thread was present already. I have a couple of questions on flying to Europe.

Has anyone purchased a TSA lock for their luggage? If so, which ones do you recommend? I've heard that some people use tie wraps or cable ties if they're checking them in. Also, how does airport security in Europe treat the TSA locks vs. U.S airport security? No different?

Also, what about the VAT refund? How does this work exactly? Thanks.
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Old 08-21-2011, 11:25 PM
 
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Never used locks... I do always have an extra strap around checked suitcases.

My last VAT refund was in Austria... the goods had to exceed a certain value and then there is a form to fill out and you need to have customs stamp it when you leave...

The airports have or had a cashier that can exchange you paperwork for cash, for a fee, of course.
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Old 08-22-2011, 01:43 AM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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When I was in Germany, I bought many things. Oh, they have very good products! So, I got VAT back. In airport, ask at Information about it. Note: people ask for VAT refund rarely, so the clerk can be away. You need to get to the airport earlier, if you don't want to run. Once, they didn't want to give me my VAT refund, so I had to be persistent.
Also, when you buy something in store, always ask for VAT refund! They'll fill a form for it. Maybe now the rules changed, but you can ask the seller. Sometimes they have " VAT refund" stickers on the store door.
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