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Subject:Duty Free
Time:01:37 pm
Can someone explain duty free stores to me, and why anyone would want to shop at them? Or more precisely, why I would? Every time I look at stuff (specifically scotch) in them, it's significantly more expensive than regular retail. What am I missing?
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sfogarty
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Time:2010-12-11 10:05 pm (UTC)
I got some /very/ cheap scotch (both in price and quality) in them, as well as Ferrero Rocher for a good price. Mostly to get rid of my Israeli currency.
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whipartist
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Time:2010-12-12 07:03 am (UTC)
Standard 10-year-old Laphroaig is my pricing standard. I can get it for less than $35 in California right now, and saw similar prices at retail outlets in London. Duty Free prices tend to be $60 or more.
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x_mass
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Time:2010-12-20 01:53 am (UTC)
that's because uk spirit taxes are really high. Do what us brits do - goto france! A good option might be a cheap eurostar return to paris

UK pricing is crazy high it's not the vat at 20%, it's the duty that really costs

i buy 5 litre (6 bottle) boxes of really good oaked french bourdeaux and pay 13.50euro each vat inclusive
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bellaballanda
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Time:2010-12-12 02:30 am (UTC)
It is probably more expensive than scotch bought in California, but probably cheaper that scotch bought in states with higher sin taxes.
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chrishartman
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Time:2010-12-12 04:50 am (UTC)
Yeah, taxation can cause some really odd pricing. It's cheaper for me to buy a bottle of Edradaur shipped from the distillery than it is for somebody to walk in there and buy it! (At least, last time I ordered, the VAT credit on the receipt was larger than the shipping charge.)
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jcdill
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Time:2010-12-12 04:54 am (UTC)
You might find this link helpful:

http://ask.yahoo.com/20031224.html
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adb_foldem
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Time:2010-12-12 10:37 am (UTC)
I only ever saw good pricing on cigs, which hasn't done me any good in years :)
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jiggery_pokery
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Time:2010-12-12 10:03 pm (UTC)
They're trading on reputation to a large extent. A long time ago they were very competitive by virtue of not attracting the same taxes on the good they sell as stores landside, but they've ramped up the profit margins very considerably to compensate for it, especially as all the travellers are trapped with little else to do but shop, and especially as people get increasingly used to the concept, rightly or wrongly, of airports as malls.
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greeklady
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Time:2010-12-14 07:12 am (UTC)
Well I bought some bobby brown makeup on the plane duty free. Considerably less expensive than what I could purchase it at Nordi's. Also a travel wallet, same thing.

In Germany the duty free had excellent prices on chocolate that I knew my team liked, so I bought some and brought it back to the office. Also the same for home.

Again if it is more than what you can find here, pass. Though for perfumes I know it is the same price but my one boss was believing Channel #5 from France was a different blend than what you find here and would buy it over seas all the time.
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x_mass
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Time:2010-12-20 01:45 am (UTC)
if your buying in europe you can get your vat back at the airport. I wouldn't buy scotch unless your actually at the distillery because you taxes it's booze a lot

duty free is an utter utter waste of time
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