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Elle, along with Alan, is the owner of Spain Buddy and the busy web design business - Spain Web Design by Gandy-Draper. Born a "Norverner", she then spent most of her life "Dann Saff" before moving to Spain in 2006. Elle's loves are Alan, the internet, dogs, good food, and dry white wine - although not necessarily in that order.


  1. Lucas Verbist
    January 10, 2016 @ 9:25 pm

    Hi, I did not try to read all comments but I am a professional in the digital camera market and want to warn people for refurbished products.
    These are good as new products with defects. They are sent to repair centres in some low wages country and repaired.
    Traders buy these lots and then just try their luck. Often they buy only at 10% of street value so they can sell at perhaps 30% and still make 200% profit on their investment.
    Are these any good? Some are just as good as the new product. Many still have niggles and some are just not well repaired.
    So make your choice. Is it worth the risk?


  2. Susan
    May 10, 2016 @ 6:50 pm

    I am sad to say that I got ripped off Royally back in 2003. I was on holiday on my own at Christmas one year and did the terrible mistake of thinking prices were ‘tax free’ in the Canaries. The first camcorder I bought I saw in another shop nearby 15 mins later at half the price. I took mine back to the first store and complained asking for a full refund. They gave me another make/model and said it was ‘the going rate.’ (Nearly Eu900 back then. So more than my whole holiday cost me.) I regret not being more savvy and being vulnerable and just needing some retail therapy. (Long story how I ended up there on my own.)
    On return to mainland Spain I found the camcorder I had was again twice as much as amazon etc. I did write to the consumer office in Aricife and included copies of all receipts etc, but they just wrote a snotty letter back saying it is a ‘free market’ and the shops can charge what they want.
    I think this despicable business is bad for tourism. (Not to mention immoral.)

    Thankfully I got over my bad spell and stay away from shops if I am low.
    I have not made this mistake again.
    (I am usually a very careful shopper but it shows how they take advantage of anyone who is unknowing/vulnerable.)
    I think if I lived on the Island I would be standing at the airport – or outside the corrupt shops telling tourists to go and shop elsewhere!

    (NB Thankfully the camcorder was a genuine item and I still have it today. I just paid more than it was worth. RRP seems to mean nothing to these thieves and the local government are turning a blind eye!)


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