The winter months are the tourist season in this area, so summer income is very lean. We joke with the locals... we not only want Walmart prices, (local joke) but we want our summer price discount as well. The shop keepers are all very cheerful and want to make a sale. It just isn't polite not to bargain.
If you are headed to the Southwest U.S for Summer Vacation and are traveling anywhere near Yuma, Arizona... which is a wet spot on the road from Phoenix to San Diego... and, if you ever dreamed of shopping in Mexico, here is your chance.
My Father-In-Law found dentures in Algodones 1/2 the price he would have paid in the states... I mean one-half of what the insurance covered price would have been. And he really liked the dentist! Which is hard to believe... he is very particular.
Hubby and I stroll around the shops with coffee from the local Cafe' House, which is very much like a Starbucks... only very cheep in cost...not quality.
I am headed to get my glasses next week. I had my optometrist write up a very detailed prescription and the optical stores in Aladones have all the latest styles.
Hubby and I don't have health insurance, so we have almost all our pharmacy prescriptions filled in Algodones. It's not a far drive, and the prices are so much lower. I know you have probably heard that prescription medication may not be of the highest quality. Gee... I don't know of anyone who ever had a problem. And my doctor in the states agrees that prescription prices are way too high for the uninsured. So if I can save a little cash, and have a nice day trip once a month... Well, you get the picture!