Step away from the duty-free: you're better off online

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  1. sobore
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    http://money.aol.co.uk/2012/08/07/s...youre-better-off-online/?icid=money|DL_1_link

    Beware the duty-free shops, because according to a new report, there's every chance they are not the haven for bargains that you think - and you may actually be better off buying online when you get home.

    So why are we so vulnerable to these rip offs, and which 'bargains' are actually worth it?

    Buying booms
    Shopping in the airport or ferry terminal is as much a part of the holiday as buying plastic replicas of local landmarks when you get there.

    Despite the downturn, we are spending more than ever before we fly. Airport sales have increased 6 percentage points every year for the past four years - the kinds of figures the high street must read and weep,

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    I never understood the appeal or saw great deals at Duty-Free...
     
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    Once in a while I'll see an okay deal on something, but definitely agree it's usually NOT a good deal for many! One exception I know are Norwegian friends who say procuring DF liquor is much cheaper than in Norway.
     
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    From time to time, I see good deals on electronics or beauty products, at DUB cameras are definitively cheaper than on the high street, the same with some beauty brands!;)
     
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    I occasionally will purchase an unusual item that may be difficult to find back home...but other than that, no...
     
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    I have occasionally picked up items with leftover local currency, but usually just shop to use time waiting for flight. Never by wine or liquor at duty free.
     
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    Same here.:)
     
  8. NYCUA1K

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    I see DF as a great way to get rid of leftover foreign money; I seldom buy anything on the way out. Favorite items are alcohol (Johnny Black) and tobacco (cigs are $12-13/pack in NYC due to Bloomy's "sin tax") products, which make great gift items...;)
     
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