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We're just back from three weeks (too long) in Michigan where, in addition to visiting friends and family, we shopped for things we can"t find in Costa Rica. We brought back a lot, as we always do. For reasons that don't warrant going into, our next trip to the U.S. may not be to Michigan, but we do still want to shop the typical retail outlets the next time we go north. Included in our list of shopping venues would be Home Depot and Lowe's, Walmart, PetSmart, Bed, Bath and Beyond, department stores (Penny's, Macy's, Yunkers(sp?), Sears, etc), the Apple Store (of course!), etc. For our next U.S. shopping trip, we're thinking that Michigan may not make the best sense, but can anyone make a recommendation for a better alternative? Lately, I've looked at air fares to Dallas and Houston, Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, etc but they all seem to be roughly the same price (read: "expensive") and about the same as flying to Detroit. Is there any place that's cheaper to fly to and which is likely to have the shopping venues we want? I'm aware of Spirit Airline's $9 fair deals, but since we'd have to make plans well in advance to have a house sitter, that probably wouldn't work for us. Too, the cost of hotels would enter the picture. Any thoughts?