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The Things They Bought

Mother and Daughter Visiting From England
A $600 lunch at Sfoglia (two guests, they explain); a jacket, cashmere sweaters, and a dress from Bergdorf Goodman ($3,800); and Black Label burgers at Minetta Tavern—they were not impressed. ABC Kitchen was way better, they said, especially the sea-salt caramel ice cream with popcorn on top.
Total cost of three-day trip: $11,178 (plus first-class airfare, of course)


Two Brazilian Twentysomethings Visiting From Recife
A lot of electronics—they thought they’d save money shopping here—in two trips to B&H Photo (a Nikon Coolpix camera the first visit, a MacBook the second). Also Subway sandwiches: chicken marinara and meatball footlongs.
Total cost of three-day trip: $2,116 ($1,901 at B&H)


A McGill Student Visiting From Montreal
Lingerie from Journelle, tights from J.Crew, eggs Benedict for dinner, a photo album from Muji, and a jean dress from Beacon’s Closet.
Total cost of four-day trip: $939 (“Out of a yearly income of somewhere around $10,000—bad, Adèle, bad!”)


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