The Czech Republic tends to have several different economies. One, which is subsidized by the state and therefore very inexpensive to the foreign traveler (i.e. metro ticket costs only $.40). Another, which are items where all or parts need to be purchased on the world market and these prices tend to be somewhat lower than in the rest of the western world, but not by much. Some are actually a little higher. This would include computers, cars, electronics, etc. Then there is the tourist market such as your souvenirs or restaurants. However, even these tend to be a lot cheaper than in the USA and certainly in the rest of Western Europe. For example, a very good meal in a nice restaurant will average about $10 and will include your soup or salad, main meal, several beverages (even beer or wine), coffee, dessert and tip! See “Tax or VAT” below for information on your sales tax refund.