Moscow is not just all unique architecture and bubbling nightlife. Thousands of people visit Russia from India. A quick tourist shopping would leave you surprised at the cheap prices of trendy commodities (mainly because of the fall of the Ruble against foreign currencies). Here are a few tips to get best value for money:
Since 2018, foreigners have been eligible for tax-free shopping in Russia. If you visit Russia from India, for example, as long as you spend at least 10,000 Rubles in one day (and one shop), you can claim back 18% of your expenditure from Russian Souvenirs when leaving the country (and many visiting Indians have been known to leverage this). Also, it is advisable to get the Russia Customer card as many shops in Moscow decline card payments from non-cardholders.
It is also important to make shopping plans coincide with seasonal sales as most collections in Russia are refreshed every season. Apart from sales held before state holidays (March 8th, May 1st, and June 12th), most shops go on massive sales at the ends of December and June. These times, when discounts are up to 80%, are the best time for tourists to splash the cash. It is also the best time to get Russian tourist visa as an Indian.
Another hidden tactic that could be key to your getting the most out of shopping in Moscow is taking your shopping to the outlets. There are many rivals to the Moscow shops and one is located on the LEnnisky prospect metro station not too far from the city. Here, you are spoilt for choice because you get to choose from any of the best and biggest stores like Mexx, Guess, Nike, Adidas, Calvin Klein and Karen Millen. The commodities you can access include clothes, shoe, household items, optics, sports wears, and literally almost thing you want. Shopping on the outskirts doesn’t limit your options in any way. There is also a big discount store (with the same brands) is situated near Prospect Mira Metro Station in the Olympiysky Sports Complex (built for the Moscow Summer Olympics, 1980). Here, you also have a vast range of commodities to select from. Basically, any tourist looking to shop in Russia can never run out of outlets to choose from.
Finally, the buyer would be best served buying the Russian brands. Really, what use is it visiting Moscow and not taking home any Russian souvenirs? And since modern Russian designers have a lot to offer for reasonable prices, it’s advisable to take a look at their wares. They are one of the best things to buy in Russia. Additionally, DMC Russia will be available for any trip to or around your destination; Satisfaction personified. Just like young Russians, one can look at comfy hoodies and spacious bags from Zaporogets Heritage, Tvoye (“Yours”) pants and/or choose simple T shirts from Oh My.