Great What to Buy in Duty Free Hunt

MSE_Martin Posts: 8,273
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It's easy to be seduced by all those 'special offers' in airports but, before you come back from the airport laiden with more shopping bags than Coleen McLoughlin, stop and ask whether you’re getting a genuine bargain.

Duty free isn't always cheaper. Don't be fooled

Remember Duty free has changed a lot in recent years, actually within the European Union it doesn't really exist, though many shops still promise you duty free prices. Often though its cheaper for booze and the like to simply buy abroad where dutys are lower, rather than at the airport.

Always know the real price of things.

If you’re planning to make a big purchase in duty free, it’s always a good idea to go armed with the cheapest UK prices.

The best way to do that is by using shopping robots which search the web to find you the cheapest online (and sometimes offline) prices. For more info read the Internet Shopping: Cutting Edge Time & Money Saving Techniques

What this is about?

I thought I would tap MoneySavers' collective knowledge to find the top duty free buys worth bringing back (apart from Tolberone). Also, are any airports are good for particular products?

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  • Candystore
    Candystore Posts: 336
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    Dixons tax free site allows you to check al their prices online (so you ensure that your getting a bargain!).

    You can even order beforehand and just collects you goods before you travel.

    Example of savings: TomTom Go 910
    Best Price via Pricerunner: £445.98
    Dixonstaxfree: £425.52
    Saving: £20.46
  • hubblebubble
    hubblebubble Posts: 311 Forumite
    Dixons Duty free shops currently have Nintendo DS with a nintendogs game, in blue or pink for £85.
    `Save a little money each month, and at the end of the year, you'll be suprised at how little you have. :confused:
  • yenners
    yenners Posts: 341 Forumite
    Not actually a product offer but a little known tip which I have posted here before.

    You can get at least an extra £5 (with £50 spend)off your make-up/fragrance/skincare purchases at World Dutyfree at Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton or Stansted by printing off a coupon at the World Duty Free website:

    A good offer considering you are getting a discount on products that are already cheaper than the high street.

    Update note 5.20pm: There are also £10 off £75 spend and £15 off £100 spend money-off vouchers at
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  • nuttyrockeress
    nuttyrockeress Posts: 1,256
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    So, i'm travelling to Crete next month on an aftrenoon flight.

    It is going to be a much needed break for me, OH and SS - I lost my father on Boxing day last year so I am ready to get away.

    As we probably won;t get to the hotel until after the bar closes, I wanted to get a bottle of champagne to drink on arrival. My question being, can I get a bottle from the Alpha airport shop (Birmingham airport) or am I not able to because of restrictions - EU country?

    Alpha's website is a little contradicting says Champagne you can then further in it says not?.......

    Any help will be "Thanked"!
    It's nice to be nutty but's more important to be nice
  • you wouldn't be able to purchase 'duty free' from the airport
  • nuttyrockeress
    nuttyrockeress Posts: 1,256
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    Sorry, I wasn't thinking Duty free - see here
    The site is quite contradicting - here is says you can :confused:
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  • look at the offers in the flashing right hand box guess would be not much difference in price to the high street
  • One of the tricks that I often use is that I will go into an internet cafe within an airport (some places now have wireless) and I'll compare prices against the duty free shop there and then. Doing that you can be guaranteed to make sure you can't get the item cheaper back at home.
  • SuzySF
    SuzySF Posts: 118 Forumite
    just a quickie ...found that the new Calvin Kelin EDP 50mls Euphoria is cheaper at at about £38 while it was £42 in Birmingham duty free ......
    it pays to know your prices :)
    What goes around - comes around
    give lots and you will always recieve lots
  • Finishrich
    Finishrich Posts: 1,038
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    Just been checking out the prices this morning for a Digital camera on the dixons duty free site. The duty free price is exactly the same as their high street price :confused: so hardly a bargain.

    So it's definatley worth checking prices before you go.
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