CAROL: I never understand why these shops have so much liquor.
JOHN: What do you mean? It’s because it’s much cheaper to buy liquor duty-free.
CAROL: But why? Why don’t people like to buy shirts duty-free? Or shoes?I just don’t understand why it’s always liquor.
JOHN: Well, it’s because in most countries liquor has a higher tax on it.
CAROL: You mean liquor has a higher tax than other things?
JOHN: Yes, of course. Didn’t you know that?
CAROL: No, I didn’t. How high is the tax?
JOHN: Well, it is different in different countries.But it’s because of the high tax that buying liquor duty-free is such a good deal.
CAROL: Why would the government want to tax liquor so much?
JOHN: Liquor is considered a luxury item.And also, it is considered as something that isn’t very healthy.So if people want to buy it, the government thinks it has the right to tax it.
CAROL: That’s why a lot of people buy cigarettes here too, isn’t it?
JOHN: Of course. Cigarettes are also taxed very heavily.
CAROL: Now I understand. But I don’t smoke or drink.So what am I supposed to buy in here?
JOHN: You can buy some of these nice butterflies.
CAROL: No, I’m sorry.I don’t think it is nice to have butterflies mounted in boxes.It is kind of disgusting.
JOHN: What? You feel sorry for the butterflies?
CAROL: Yes. I think they should just let them fly free,and not try to sell them to foreigners. It is a kind of destruction of nature.
JOHN: Well, I agree with you.I’d rather think that the butterflies are flying around in the mountains.I just wonder if they really catch so many that it affects the butterfly population.
CAROL: Who knows? Hey, I like these jade bears here.
JOHN: How much are they?
CAROL: This one is 2300 dollars.Maybe I should buy it for my mother. What do you think?
JOHN: If you want. Didn’t you buy her a small vase already?
CAROL: Yes, but she would like this a lot. She likes to collect little things like this.
JOHN: Alright. Buy it then.I won’t buy anything. Well, maybe I’ll buy some Cognac.
CAROL: Maybe I could buy some Cognac for my brother. He always drinks it.
JOHN: Let’s go ask about it.