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    • MSE Martin
    • By MSE Martin 14th Jul 06, 10:08 AM
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    Great What to Buy in Duty Free Hunt
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    • 14th Jul 06, 10:08 AM
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    Great What to Buy in Duty Free Hunt 14th Jul 06 at 10:08 AM

    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?

    To let everyone know your tips and suggestions just click reply


    Last edited by MSE Archna; 07-08-2007 at 6:28 PM.
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    • Candystore
    • By Candystore 14th Jul 06, 10:35 AM
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    • 14th Jul 06, 10:35 AM
    Dixons Tax Free
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    • 14th Jul 06, 10:35 AM
    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

    Last edited by Former MSE Natasha; 25-07-2006 at 1:46 PM.
    • hubblebubble
    • By hubblebubble 14th Jul 06, 1:02 PM
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    • 14th Jul 06, 1:02 PM
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    • 14th Jul 06, 1:02 PM
    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
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    • 14th Jul 06, 2:10 PM
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    • 14th Jul 06, 2:10 PM
    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

    Last edited by MSE Archna; 07-08-2007 at 6:33 PM.
    • nuttyrockeress
    • By nuttyrockeress 19th Jul 06, 12:46 PM
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    • 19th Jul 06, 12:46 PM
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    • 19th Jul 06, 12:46 PM
    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"!
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  • hammy the hammer
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    • 19th Jul 06, 12:56 PM
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    • 19th Jul 06, 12:56 PM
    you wouldn't be able to purchase 'duty free' from the airport
    • nuttyrockeress
    • By nuttyrockeress 19th Jul 06, 1:16 PM
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    • 19th Jul 06, 1:16 PM
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    • 19th Jul 06, 1:16 PM
    Sorry, I wasn't thinking Duty free - see here
    The site is quite contradicting - here is says you can :confused:
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  • hammy the hammer
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    • 19th Jul 06, 2:39 PM
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    • 19th Jul 06, 2:39 PM
    look at the offers in the flashing right hand box guess would be not much difference in price to the high street
  • salvadorescobar
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    • 19th Jul 06, 2:47 PM
    Long time listener, first time poster?
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    • 19th Jul 06, 2:47 PM
    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
    just a quickie ...found that the new Calvin Kelin EDP 50mls Euphoria is cheaper at www.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! at about £38 while it was £42 in Birmingham duty free ......
    it pays to know your prices
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    • Finishrich
    • By Finishrich 19th Jul 06, 3:13 PM
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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.

  • Yellow Dog
    Are the prices quoted by World Duty Free available to all passengers or only to passengers travelling to/from outside the E.U.?
    • MJay
    • By MJay 19th Jul 06, 3:56 PM
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    I travel via Barcelona airport a couple of times a year (if I'm lucky, lol). They invariably have Jamison's Irish whiskey on special offer. The cheapest I've had was 27 euros (about £19+) for two litres....... The dearest 33 euros for the same. Currently Tesco's cost equates to £22+ for one litre! Definately a 'good buy' and there's nothing like a drop of the Irish on a cold winters night!!
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  • brummybloke
    you get 2 different prices at most airports, 1 price for people travelling out of the EU and another price for people travelling within the EU.

    i always found it cheaper to buy things from the country i am going to for aftershaves, drink, ciggies.

    it is annoying when you see 1000 B&H buy 1 get 1 free for £50 and when you go to pay for it, you are shown a small label with a different price on it for EU passengers.
    what is the plural of moose?

  • Stupidspender
    Perfume is duty free anywhere in the UK, its a product that has no duty attached to it.The only products in the airport that are duty free is Alcohol or tobacco, as these are the only item that have duty on them anyway if purchased away from the duty free shop.
    Its just a way to make you think that you are getting what they know everyone wants , something for nothing.
    BTW toblerone or kinder eggs or toys also have no duty on them nor do clothes cd's/dvd's electrical goods or 99% of the things that "duty free " shops sell at airports!
    The maximum that you could save if you are leaving the EEC is the 17.5 % vat, but to save that the “duty free” shop would have to be the cheapest place to buy the goods.
    In my experience these same goods can be purchased cheaper at home or even cheaper at the country that you are visiting!
    BTW i use to work for Rothmans and the 200 fags that the airport cartel baa charge you £18 cost about £5 without the duty and Vat, the mcc should investigate the price fixing at airport dutyfree shops on fags.
    Last edited by Stupidspender; 19-07-2006 at 8:21 PM.
    • LesD
    • By LesD 19th Jul 06, 11:46 PM
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    you get 2 different prices at most airports, 1 price for people travelling out of the EU and another price for people travelling within the EU.
    by brummybloke
    And, as you have to show your boarding card, you can't pull a fast one!
  • azurian
    The duty free perk has long gone when it comes to crossing the Channel to France. But, that has turned out to be a good thing, as the previous mean limits have also disappeared, to be replaced by the more generous Customs' Guidelines.
    There are still mammoth savings to be made by popping across the Channel to stock up on beer and wine which is sold as Duty Paid - at French rates. I find that the best savings are to be had with mid to higher range wines. is my first port of call when planning a Channel hop.
  • Avoniel
    Anyone know the situation with duty free in Prague?
    • moohound
    • By moohound 20th Jul 06, 4:26 PM
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    Rome - Leonardo da Vinci
    Hi all

    I am going to Rome, flying to and from the Leonardo da Vinci Airport, in a couple of weeks, any top bargains recommended at the duty free shops?
    Last edited by moohound; 20-07-2006 at 6:09 PM.
  • Spikey
    going to turkey soon travelling from East Midlands (Notttingham)...any clues as to bargain buys @ that airport?


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