Border Shopping Advantages And Disadvantages

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1 CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION 1.1. Background of the Study Padang Besar, Perlis, is a border town situated between the northern Malaysia and southern Thailand, and is well-known for its border shopping activities since the early 1950s. There are many shopping attractions to be found here and visitors can find a variety of goods at bargain prices due to the duty-free shopping complex. Several thousand visitors from Peninsular Malaysia and southern Thailand are attracted to this town every weekend and during public holidays. As mentioned by (Azila Azmi1, 2015), nne of the marketplaces is Padang Besar Business Arcade Complex (PBAC) and it is the largest business complex. The Market (TM), Gapura Square (GS), Warisan Limpahan Duty Free Shops (WL), and Emas Kerajang Duty Free Complex (EK) are the other shopping complexes in Padang Besar. Next to the Malaysian Immigration and Customs Complex, the duty free shopping complexes are situated. Padang Besar is famous for selling many types of items at low prices such as clothing, jewellery, leather goods and home furnishings. The main reasons visitors shop at PBAC due to cheap imitation goods offered. Most of the items sold here are imported from Thailand. Furthermore, visitors’ attractions to Padang Besar would be the shops that sell various counterfeit designer goods. According to Bian and Veloutsou (2007), counterfeits are those products bearing a trademark that is similar to, or indistinguishable from, a trademark registered to

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