Revealed: Spain's real shopping paradises
21 April 2006, MADRID — Thousands spend weekends in the shops of Barcelona, Madrid, Marbella or Puerto Banus.
21 April 2006
MADRID — Thousands spend weekends in the shops of Barcelona, Madrid, Marbella or Puerto Banus.
But if they really wanted to get a bargain, they should head elsewhere, a survey has found.
The Spanish daily El Pais reported the cheapest places for shoppers are Cuenca, Almeria, Orense, Pontevedra, Vigo and Teruel.
The Organisation of Consumers and Users (OCU) said the most expensive places to part with your money were Pamplona, Las Palmas, San Sebastian and Bilbao.
The OCU found it is more expensive to shop on-line than actually going to the store and filling up the shopping trolley.
The organisation reviewed the prices of 789 different products in 53 cities.
Fresh food, dry goods and pharmaceutical products were bought by researchers for the study.
The average difference between buying in an expensive store and a cheap one is about EUR 634 a year, the OCU found.
In Madrid, one of the most expensive places to live, the mean difference is EUR 1,309.
Subject: Spanish news