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Tanzanite- what's the deal?

Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Forum' started by alagille, Dec 14, 2013.

  1. JohnDS

    JohnDS DIS Veteran

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    I had noticed all the jewelry shops and find it discouraging. I guess all I hope to find is a t'shirt and a fridge magnet since the chances of finding truly local craft seems so dim. I would not buy jewelry at an outlet mall, I certainly wouldn't buy it in this arrangement.
     
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  3. alagille

    alagille Mouseketeer

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    Johnds, don't get too blue. If your "lucky", one of your tours will find a bathroom stop that just *happens* to be attached to a tacky souvenir shop. Hated those 30 minute rest breaks! You'll never get that time back, it's gone forever...
     
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    I do the same thing! I bought an inexpensive band that I wear whenever I travel to any foreign country (instead of my wedding set) and take only "cheap" right hand rings and bracelets and watches.
     
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    Without a certificate of authenticity from a certified jeweler, I wouldn't believe that any of those less expensive items on eBay were genuine....even the ones set in silver, because the cost of silver has gone up also.


    We rode on a bus in one of the Alaksan ports, seated across from a shopping consultant. He didn't even offer to tell us what his job was, until we asked. Seemed like a nice guy, and he wasn't pushy, like some people have mentioned.
     
  6. TheLanes

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    I'm sure most of them are nice people, they just are earning a living like the rest of us. If being pushy helps earn your living, I can't blame them! A simple no usually suffices, but they know the people that can't say no, so they push them. Thankfully they can tell I'm not one of those, so they give up quickly...
     
  7. insureman

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    You are correct, they are not DCL employees and are paid by an outside vendor. The same goes for the "recommended" shops in the ports. They pay DCL a fee to be listed in their shopping guide.
     
  8. EastYorkDisneyFan

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    That reminds me of when I was in Cartagena during the 2007 EBPC and one of the stops for the tour i was on was some mall. The Shopping expert on the ship came into the store and as I was looking around got asked by her if I was going to be buying some emeralds there. lso at that time one of the store employees announced some sort of special sale because it was the "shopping experts" birthday. At that point I left the store as I was just browsing anyway.
     
  9. Luv2Diz

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    When I told my brother (who cruises frequently) that I won a tanzanite necklace at a shopping talk on our cruise, he replied that he calls tanzanite "cruisinite." You only tend to see it at the cruiseport jewelry stores....not so much at your hometown jewelry stores!
     
  10. Maddysdaddy

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    Tanzanite reminds me of an episode of Newhart (the series where Bob owned the B&B, not the original where he was the psychiatrist).

    Bob somehow ended up hosting the local home shopping channel, and the item for sale was some sort of jewelry. He was struggling to say something nice about the piece, and eventually came up with, "Selendric Diamacron................. almost as rare as glass".
     

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