yeah - less than impressed with the duty free offering in Auckland now....used to use Duty Free Stores NZ and they had some great prices and great products...now just another chain and back to the boring normality of all the others :(
Duty free in general is pretty much a rip off these days.
Most alcohol (with the exception of spirits) is more expensive than buying the same product in stores - classic examples are bottles of Champage that sell for more duty free than you buy can buy them at a supermarket on a profile (ie non discounted) price.
The airport companies also take a huge cut for products physically sold at the store, hence the reason why many offered additional discounts of 20% or so for products you ordered online but picked up at the store.
If you look at the price of chocolate and other gifts they're all unbelievably high prices. Aussie duty free stores are full of bulk packs of Tim Tim biscuits that sell for about $4 per pack which is twice the price you'll pay at a supermarket.
Yep. As Steve said. The new tender for Duty Free at Auckland Airport has added $5 million to the bottom line of Auckland Airport. That money has to come from somewhere. No points for guessing where.
Here is the press release. Using unrivaled shopping for the consumer and additional profit for the airport company in the same press release would have been best avoided. The additional $5 million statement is about half way down.
I went to Melbourne just last month and looked at the prices of a couple of things I was interested in before I left, to compare them with the duty free prices. One example was a Fitbit Surge, NZD$299 at Noel Leeming and AUD$309 (=NZD$346) at F1rst Duty Free in Melbourne. I found similar with a Sony digital camera I was interested in that was cheaper at Photo Warehouse in Wellington city than at Melbourne airport, and my wife looked at some perfume and cosmetics that she thought she could get cheaper in Farmers!
Instead of shopping duty free in Australia, I recommend getting the best deal you can in a store (and there are plenty of stores offering deals at the moment) then use the Tourist Refund Scheme (conditions apply - see here) to get your GST back when you get to the airport.
Refunds to a credit card or to an Australian bank account will generally be paid within 60 days. Refunds by cheque can take up to two months.
Hhmm... Glad they cleared that up!
And yet their brochure says: Customs and Border Protection aims to process credit/charge card and Australian bank account refunds within five business days and post cheque refunds within 15 business days.
My wife spent a lot in Melbourne as the whole purpose of the trip was basically a 50th birthday shopping spree. She bought clothes, shoes, a handbag, and some jewellery and cosmetics. By shopping in the big department stores like Myer and David Jones you have most of the top brands available and can combine your receipts as being from the same store, rather than shopping in separate specific brand shops around town. We flew out of Melbourne on a Sunday and the GST refund was credited to our Visa the following Friday.
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