Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Monday | December 24, 2012
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Duty-free sale at the Vatican
VATICAN CITY (AP):

Anyone left on your Christmas list just aching for a 65-inch Samsung 3D flat-screen television? Just your luck.

The Vatican's duty-free department store has one on sale for 2,899 ($3,840), a nifty savings over the 3,799 ($5,032) it costs at Italy's main electronics chain Euronics.

Or how about some new luggage for the holidays? The Vatican shop stocks a variety of Samsonite Cordoba Duo carry-ons for 123, a nice markdown from the 135 on the Samsonite website. But if a last-minute shopping splurge is in order, the Vatican can also oblige: There's a leather-bound travelling trunk from Florence's "The Bridge" leatherworks, with its five drawers, plaid interior, six wooden hangars and shiny brass buckles.

At 5,900, it comes with a matching leather golf club bag, just what every monsignor needs under his Christmas tree.

There's a little-known open secret in the Vatican gardens, a few paces behind St Peter's Basilica and tucked inside the Vatican's old train station: a sprawling, three-story tax-free department store that rivals any airport duty free or military PX, stocking everything from Church's custom-grade shoes (483 a pair) to Baume et Mercier watches (ladies 1,585, men's Capeland 5,000).

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