As Melilla is free port there is no VAT nor other taxes. The city has to offer an extensive range of quality imported articles. Best sellers are electronic devices, jewelry articles, perfumes, delicatessen, liquors and tobacco. Maroccan crafts is well represented in shops located in “Barrio del Mantelete”, next to the harbour. Leather articles and ceramics are the most important.
The “mercadillos” are clean and well organised, and they are full of surprises and peculiar objects. Most important “mercadillo” is "Barrio del Real" one, although you can visit maroccan ones next to the border as “Chinese Neighbourhood” or “El Had”. Then you have to enter Marocco with your passport.
Gasoline is about 50 euro cents per litre, much cheaper than the 80 euro cents per litre in Malaga on the Spanish mainland. However, one cannot buy gasoline and transport a container to save money! Two nice Spanish soliders (a man and a woman) kindly directed me toward the Shell station, which they said to walk south towards, then turn right and follow the road to the airport. It a bit far so most will probably take a taxi.
What to buy: There isn't a lot to buy in Melilla. There is Barber jewelry. There is also a Supersol supermarket (take the #2 bus which passes the supermarket - the bus stop is about 50 metres before and after the supermarket). It's possible that the Supersol is the largest supermarket in Melilla. It isn't too big.
What to pay: I almost never buy Spanish canned squid (in a can like sardines). However, it is much cheaper that in North America. It is less than 50 euro cents per can.
Where all the citizen fron the neighbour town come everyday to buy thousands of product from Melilla, because here is cheaper, and then the resell after the border in Nador and other places.