American brand products in Europe?

Dec 19th, 2006, 07:38 AM
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>the cigarettes will be a problem.

What is more important, another pair of slacks or your Camels?

Take them out of the catrtons and distribute them throughout your luggage.

American cigs are much more expensive in Europe.

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Dec 19th, 2006, 07:39 AM
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Lipton's is a more or less global brand (though virtually unobtainable in Britain, where Lipton first developed his business), but the product specification varies widely from country to country. So if it really matters, you need to bring it with you.

You won't find Folgers anywhere in Europe, except in a handful of specialist expatriate-oriented shops, or at PXs on US bases.

Maker's Mark used to be very difficult to find in Europe, became easier when it was owned by Pernod-Ricard (up to about a year ago) and, now it's reverted to US ownership, may be tougher to find than it was. It's very rare in European arrivals duty free outlets (there are such things), and slightly commoner in European departure duty-frees. But, since there's no duty free travelling between Paris and Munich, and since duty-free prices in he US are generally only trivially cheaper than they are in ordinary booze shops, you may as well bring it with you.

No idea about Camel
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Dec 19th, 2006, 07:45 AM
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local tea
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he's going to munich and paris!
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Dec 19th, 2006, 07:46 AM
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Thank you for the advice W9london.

Dear jeff001,
Do you think citizens of Europe should stay there instead of vacationing in America because they may want European products that they know they like while here Or is that advice just for me?
 
Dec 19th, 2006, 07:47 AM
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Oops. Meant to say Galeria Kaufhof.
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Dec 19th, 2006, 07:50 AM
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Oh, and you'll have to check-in the bourbon if you're flying between Munich and paris... unless they come in 100ml mini-flask.
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Dec 19th, 2006, 07:55 AM
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My wife says she'll pack all our socks,underwear,tee-shirts and sandles in a backpack and carry it on to give us room for those supplys and to stop asking people questions "On that stupid computer"
 
Dec 19th, 2006, 08:21 AM
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American cigs are much more expensive in Europe.
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Much more expensive than which ones ? Than European brands ? That's not true.

Cigarettes are quite expensive in France (5€ a pack), less so in Germany.
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Dec 19th, 2006, 08:23 AM
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Oh geez, Mr. Dreamer anytime you put anything into an open forum you'll get lots of opinions. Some helpful, some not so much.
Here's mine: It sounds like this is your first trip to Europe. That's great. I remember my first trip, I brought everything. It was like I was going camping in the wilderness.
Go ahead and pack you tea and coffee but do yourself a favor and try some other brands while your over there. You'll be pleasently surprised and you may need to make room in your suitcase for the return trip.
Keep asking questions "on that stupid computer." Sometimes what you pick up here on Fodor's is information you won't get anywhere else.
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Dec 19th, 2006, 08:33 AM
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Thanks for the advice L84SKY. I fully intended to try local brands while out and about in those cities but, in case we didn't care for them we could always fall back on our favorite brand in our room.
 
Dec 19th, 2006, 08:37 AM
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Assume you won't be able to get your brands away from home.

This leaves you with two options for everything you are considering bringing:
1. Bring it with you
2. Try something new

In your case I would bring your own 15 day supply of coffee and tea in zip lock bags. Even if you COULD buy them there, what sense would it make to buy a giant jar of coffee and a box of 200 tea bags in Paris when you'll only be there for a few days??

Smoke and drink local style. There is no point filling your suitcase with cigarettes, when they can be bought on every street corner. Worst case you hate Europeans cigs and end up smking less - that isn't all bad is it? And a bottle of bourbon? Is that really worth lugging around with you? Why not drink wine in Paris, and Beer in Munich?
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Dec 19th, 2006, 08:54 AM
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While we plan on having wonderful wine in Paris and great beer in Munich, I am a true bourbon drinker and nothing else hits the spot like Kentucky bourbon whisky.
 
Dec 19th, 2006, 08:58 AM
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Then bring it with you, in a plastic bottle. Nothing worse than a broken bottle in the luggage.
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Dec 19th, 2006, 09:12 AM
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I don't see anything wrong with bringing your favorite tea or coffee (even if it is Folgers) to enjoy in your hotel room. My word, we have Fodorites who want to bring their own pillows and sheets along!
When my Mom comes to visit us in the UK or Belgium, she always brings along packets of her Boston Mint Tea. I think the stuff is awful, but she doesn't drink coffee or regular tea, so why shouldn't she bring what she likes? Tea bags don't take up much luggage space and, as of this moment, aren't banned by Homeland Security (no doubt that day will come...).
As for the Makers' Mark, yes, get a bottle in Duty Free and cart it along. Keep it in your room for a nightcap or dump some in your Folgers if that's your poison. Will be cheaper than buying it in France. Ditto for the cigs, although you might want to try Gauloise or some French brand just for comparison (if you really MUST smoke). Too bad (in a way) you don't smoke Marlboro or Marlboro Lights as they are the de rigeur cigarette for young Europeans to smoke (with a Coke on the side) while they pontificate on everything that's wrong with America.
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Dec 19th, 2006, 09:29 AM
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Is the trip any time soon? I am wondering because your wife is packing the sandals.
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Dec 19th, 2006, 09:30 AM
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Dec 19th, 2006, 09:39 AM
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Oh, well, Bush will have invaded both Germany and France by then and all of the products will be available.
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Dec 19th, 2006, 09:43 AM
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I was having a really crappy day here at the office until I read this -- thanks for the laughs you guys! Especially you, McDreamer!
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Dec 19th, 2006, 09:44 AM
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That would be "Mr"...
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I don't know about Maker's Mark, but Jack Daniels is readily available in many of the small grocery stores in Paris. I bought some at a tiny little hole-in-the-wall place in the Marais.

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