Updated: Jul 7, 2019
A packet of seriously over-priced Tim Tams at Sydney Airport recently sparked outrage.
Critics were quick to point out that the $26 packet of biscuits would cost a lot less at the supermarket, leading to discussion about whether we're really scoring bargains when duty free shopping.
What you shouldn’t buy
- Wine. Though there may be a smaller discount of around 4% for red wine, white wine tends to be more expensive duty free. Keep your eye out for champagne though, as this can be up to 6% cheaper.
- Confectionery is marked up by as much as 150% at the airport - it’s cheaper to raid your hotel fridge.
- Duty free discounts on perfume can vary depending on the brand. A Hugo Boss perfume was similarly priced across the board, however a Gucci perfume was 26% cheaper at the airport. So do your research prior to purchasing perfume, as you may well find a better bargain elsewhere.
What you should buy:
- Spirits such as vodka, gin and whisky are up to 41% cheaper duty free. (Just remember that when you buy booze on the way out that if you have an interim airport stop, make sure liquids are allowed through that airport, as this is not always the case (e.g. Singapore).
- Cigarettes are less than half the retail price at the airport, with discounts of up to 61%. Keep in mind that tobacco purchases are limited to 25 grams at Australian duty free outlets.
- Cosmetics such as lipstick, eye cream and serums are also a good option.
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