I've got tons of friends who are making their way to the States---all with empty luggage.  I kid you not. They are carrying two large suitcases: one is half-filled with a change of clothes and the other suitcase is entirely empty. Why? For shopping purposes. My relatives in Switzerland used to do this for years whenever they came to visit.

Again, why is this? Because the dollar is again rather weak and people are looking at that as the prime excuse to get over here and bring back goods.

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