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    Prices were decent at the AUA duty free.... nothing spectacular. I do love the dutch Gouda and always pick up a 3 pack before leaving!
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    if i remember correctly CARRY on is an option.
    we had room in our checked luggage.

    so, we bought the baileys and then pciked up our luggage prior to customs.....packed it in the luggage.

    hauled the luggage thru customs.

    dumped it on the conveyor belt and we were done.

    but our friend charlie had only carry on and was flying back to tampa via miami.

    he held his scotch in his daypack and that went onto the plane with him as carryon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    Does it then have to go into your suitcase or can you hand carry on board?
    You can carry-on only if your destination is a direct flight, if you have a connection you have to put it in your checked bags.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    if i remember correctly CARRY on is an option.
    we had room in our checked luggage.

    so, we bought the baileys and then pciked up our luggage prior to customs.....packed it in the luggage.

    hauled the luggage thru customs.

    dumped it on the conveyor belt and we were done.

    but our friend charlie had only carry on and was flying back to tampa via miami.

    he held his scotch in his daypack and that went onto the plane with him as carryon.
    Every time I've been down in the last couple years, we have gone through US customs and then they give us the booze. It gets packed in a checked bag and they watch you drop it on the belt before you go through security the second time.

    Prices are pretty good. Balshi six packs for $5 and I always pick up some Myers rum.

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    prices were very good in DF shop. We carried it home in our carry ons. Thats right, they don't give it to you until you go thru Aruba customs.

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    i just asked DH about us buying the baileys when we were there in january.
    he reiterated to me the scenario that i said earlier

    we bought it, they bubble wrapped and then bagged it.

    we then carried it, picked up our luggage, went thru customs and then stuffed it in our checked bags.

    put the bags on the conveyor and were on our way.

    i wonder why we did it different than you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chadd View Post
    Every time I've been down in the last couple years, we have gone through US customs and then they give us the booze. It gets packed in a checked bag and they watch you drop it on the belt before you go through security the second time.

    Prices are pretty good. Balshi six packs for $5 and I always pick up some Myers rum.

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    cool. thanks for all the replies. so as i understand it i go to the DF shop pre-customs and buy the booze, they pack it and hand it to me either pre- or post-customs, where I can either stuff it in my bags or check it as-is, but I can't carry it on because I'm changing planes in Atlanta. correct?

    anyone know what the allowance is?

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    We always bring something home and always had to go through the same routine.

    $800 Exemption
    If you are arriving from anywhere other than a U.S. insular possession (U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, or Guam) you may bring back $800 worth of items duty free, as long as you bring them with you. This is called accompanied baggage.
    For Caribbean Basin or Andean countries, your exemption is also $800. These countries include:

    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Aruba
    • Bahamas
    • Barbados
    • Belize
    • Bolivia
    • British Virgin Islands
    • Colombia
    • Costa Rica
    • Dominica
    • Dominican Republic
    • Ecuador
    • El Salvador
    • Grenada
    • Guatemala
    • Guyana
    • Haiti
    • Honduras
    • Jamaica
    • Montserrat
    • Netherlands Antilles
    • Nicaragua
    • Panama
    • Peru
    • Saint Kitts and Nevis
    • Saint Lucia
    • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
    • Trinidad and Tobago

    You may include two liters of alcoholic beverages with this $800 exemption, as long as one of the liters was produced in one of the countries listed above. Please see the Sending Purchases from Insular Possessions and Caribbean Basin Countries- Duty-Free Shops page for more information. ( Sending Purchases from Insular Possessions and Caribbean Basin Countries- Duty-Free Shops )
    Depending on what items you’re bringing back from your trip, you could come home with more than $800 worth of gifts or purchases and still not be charged duty. For instance, say you received a $700 bracelet as a gift, and you bought a $40 hat and a $60 color print. Because these items total $800, you would not be charged duty, since you have not exceeded your duty-free exemption. If you had also bought a $500 painting on that trip, you could bring all $1,300 worth of merchandise home without having to pay duty, because fine art is duty-free.
    http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/va...exemptions.xml

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    thehughes, being from Seattle (now AZ.) with the WA. State Liquor Stores every thing is a deal at DF!!!

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    to follow up ... it turned out that I couldn't do what I was hoping to do (get DF to box up my booze and check the box) because I had to check bags before customs and DF shopping.

    I checked my bags, bought two bottles of DF booze, went through customs & security, picked up my bags again, picked up my DF booze, stuffed my bottles inside my checked bags, put them on the conveyor, went through a second secutiry checkpoint, and headed for the gate. I wasn't sure I had enough room in my suitcase, but in the end it worked.

    I wonder if I could have got them to box up my booze in a way that would allow me to gate-check the box? I guess they would have to deliver it to me after the second security checkpoint ... or will security let you go through with clearly marked DF bottles?

    I guess another alternative would be to bring your own empty box, check it, and then put your booze bottles in it after going through customs.

    The whole setup seems less than optimal.
    Last edited by thehuges; 10-16-2009 at 04:24 PM.

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