16 Things America Does That Confuses Foreigners

9Pharmacies are basically supermarkets

American drugstores can easily be mistaken for a small supermarket. People who do not live close to a supermarket can get almost anything they want from a drugstore. Apart from medications, American drugstores sell snacks, magazines, toys, cosmetics, makeup, and perfumes. In fact, drugstore makeup has become a cheaper option for many people and one can discover several great products here.

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10Big Tips

Giving a tip is a great way of showing the server that you were satisfied with their service. While in some countries like China, Japan, and Switzerland tipping is looked down upon, in countries like the USA, tipping is highly appreciated. In the USA, tips can be as high as 25 percent, which may seem a bit too much for tourists. Also, you don’t just tip waiters there; you tip your cab driver, bellboys, coat checkers, valets, hairdressers, and salon workers.

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11You can return almost any gift

One of the most annoying situations is when someone gives you a gift that you don’t like, but you can’t return it and get something you like. In the USA, this is not an issue. You can return gifts even without the receipt. Some stores keep a record of what was sold and some stores put some unique code on the product that can be tracked, therefore returns are truly easy. At the beginning of January, there are National Return Days, when one can return Christmas presents!

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12Prices are not inclusive of taxes

Going shopping in the USA as a tourist may be problematic and confusing because of the following reasons. Firstly, price tags do not show the final price. Taxes are added to the final price at the counter. Secondly, taxes are not fixed. They vary depending upon the commodity. Lastly, taxes vary from state to state. Hence, you only get to know how much you have to pay at the counter.

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