Some cruise lines invite lecturers aboard during port stop overs to brief passengers on local shopping opportunities. Should you follow their recommendations?

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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9 Call for Action)--As you plan your wonderful Caribbean cruise, we have a warning for you. Some cruise lines invite lecturers aboard during port stop overs to brief passengers on local shopping opportunities. Should you follow their recommendations?

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The shopping tips should not be considered genuine consumer advice. In many cases the stores are recommended because the lecturers are paid hefty fees by the businesses and not because they offer consumers the best deals. Promotional companies that provide these port lecturers work much of the Caribbean, so you should beware of any type of shopping advice unless you are familiar with the source.

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It's a good idea to assume that most shopping tips you receive while on a cruise are paid commercial announcements and not genuine consumer tips. The same advice applies if you take a bus tour in the port. The shopping center where you stop has probably paid the tour line or the driver to bring you there. So shop accordingly.

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