Revealed: Is duty free shopping cheaper?

A spot check reveals many items are more expensive at the airport
A spot check reveals many items are more expensive at the airport Photo credit: Getty Images

Toblerones, the duty-free treat for travellers leaving or entering the country, are in fact more expensive to buy at duty-free stores than through a regular retailer, a Newshub Travel spot check has revealed.

The item, along with 10 others, had its duty-free prices compared with prices charged at regular retail outlets.

Four other items were shown to be cheaper outside of the duty-free market.

Ralph Loren Polo 75ml:

The Loop Duty Free Auckland - $93.00

Chemist Warehouse - $79.99 (13.9 percent cheaper)

GoPro Hero 7 Silver:

The Loop Duty Free - $440

Noel Leeming - $399 (9.3 percent cheaper)

GoPro Hero 7 Silver was 9.3 percent cheaper at Noel Leeming.
GoPro Hero 7 Silver was 9.3 percent cheaper at Noel Leeming. Photo credit: Getty Images

SanDisk Extreme SDHC 16GB card:

The Loop Duty Free - $39.99

A2Z Technologies - 29.99 (25 percent cheaper)

Beats Solo3 Headphones  Black:

The Loop Duty Free - $347

Apple Store - $299 (13.8 percent cheaper)

Duty-free shopping is based on selling items who shouldn't have to pay the15 percent goods and services tax. In that case, duty-free prices should be around 15 percent cheaper than general retail. But, it appears there's a difference in what is being charged at duty free stores and the cost of an item from a retail store minus GST.

None of the items that were randomly selected for the price check were being sold with that level of discount.

As an example, a bottle of Craggy Range Kidnappers Chardonnay which retails for $24.99 at Liquorland should cost $21.24 with GST taken off. It was being sold for $29 duty-free.

The item that had the largest discount when purchased duty-free on the spot checklist was Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Cream SPF 15 which sells for $72 at The Loop. That's 20 percent cheaper than its retail price of $90 at Life Pharmacy.

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