Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


1439 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 316

Subscriber

Topic # 192088 26-Feb-2016 12:22
Send private message

I'm travelling from Australia back to Auckland today and am in the market for a new video camera. Is there much price difference between duty free Oz, duty free nz, and normal retail nz?





Life is too short to remove USB safely.


Create new topic

gzt

10195 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1562


  Reply # 1499768 26-Feb-2016 12:27
Send private message

The internet is your friend in the duty free shop ; ). Pricespy etc. Imo there are sometimes specials but very little substantial difference overall and duty free shop is usually miles away for after sales enquiries etc.

2459 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1205

Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 1499778 26-Feb-2016 12:32
Send private message

It's worth checking this kind of stuff out as you pass through duty free on the way out of the country.

 

I guess you could look at PriceSpy to see what retail prices are like in NZ.

 

But AFAIK there's no duty on video cameras... the only thing you would be saving would be 15% GST. And I'd guess that the high-rental duty free stores at airports would have more than 15% markup above the cheapest retail prices. It may even be that Aussie retail is the cheapest option.

 

 


21469 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4362

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1499780 26-Feb-2016 12:34
Send private message

Not from AU when I looked at it, US yeah, and added benifit from there that you arent locked to stupid 50FPS modes like on the AU/NZ models.

 

But b&h was way cheaper than the airport stores even when you allowed for sales tax etc, so I wouldnt bother with a duty free purchase at all.





Richard rich.ms



1439 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 316

Subscriber

  Reply # 1499784 26-Feb-2016 12:39
Send private message

Unfortunately upon leaving Auckland we still had a video camera, but then my dad left it on the plane at Brisbane. Baggage services were unable to find it.
We haven't really had time to check the shops in Oz, so just wondering if it's worth checking duty free or just get one when we get home.

My old dad could not cope with buying one from the Internet, he needs to feel and hold them coz of his arthritic hands.




Life is too short to remove USB safely.


gzt

10195 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1562


  Reply # 1499795 26-Feb-2016 13:06
Send private message

Def better off with a local store & full service.

6725 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 592

Trusted

  Reply # 1499796 26-Feb-2016 13:10
Send private message

Duty free means just that.  If there's not much duty on something in the first place, then you won't see a huge reduction in cost.
And they're free to price at whatever price point they want, just like any other store.

 

 

 

Bottom line is I haven't personally see the likes of cameras be that much cheaper in duty free.


21469 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4362

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1499797 26-Feb-2016 13:11
Send private message

NZ generally has good prices on things like that. The duty free prices are generally set so they look attractive for people from third world banana republics where things are marked up massivly and have all sorts of taxes and duty on them.





Richard rich.ms

3396 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 927


  Reply # 1499863 26-Feb-2016 13:58
2 people support this post
Send private message

In terms of maximum price discount, you are probably best buying retail in OZ, then claim back the GST as you leave,

 

As mentioned above, "Duty Free" is pretty much a misnomer these days as there is no "duty" on Electronics only GST

 

 


4250 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2493

Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 1499867 26-Feb-2016 14:05
Send private message

When you buy anything "Duty Free" you are paying a big overhead for a very expensive airport (or CBD) shop location, plus overtime for the staff, who work long and antisocial hours.

 

I stopped duty-free shopping years ago.





Sideface


21469 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4362

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1499874 26-Feb-2016 14:09
Send private message

Its fine for booze tho, where there is actual stupid taxes added to what is in stores, and its usually better %age too.





Richard rich.ms

2078 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 230

Subscriber

  Reply # 1499889 26-Feb-2016 14:32
One person supports this post
Send private message

richms:

 

Its fine for booze tho, where there is actual stupid taxes added to what is in stores, and its usually better %age too.

 

 

Typically only better for spirits.  Wine and beer is better bought in NZ or Aust shops.


27076 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 6521

Moderator
Trusted
Biddle Corp
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 1499990 26-Feb-2016 16:47
One person supports this post
Send private message

A significant number of products in duty free stores these days are anything but a bargain - you'll pay more for these duty free that you will in a regular store.

 

You can even go into a Countdown or New World and get at normal shelf price (ie non promo) and pay around $55 for a bottle of Mumm champagne. You'll get this for somewhere around $40 - $45 when it's on special.

 

In duty free you'll pay $75 for a bottle.

 

 


4092 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 739

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1500107 26-Feb-2016 19:23
Send private message

I bought a Bose Soundtouch III on the way back from Sydney yesterday and it cost me $150 less than the retail price in NZ. I guess it depends on what you're buying.

 

If the price difference had been less than $100 then I probably would have bought it in NZ because of the risks of the product develops a fault.




1439 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 316

Subscriber

  Reply # 1500531 27-Feb-2016 21:36
Send private message

It turns out that when you arrive at midnight the last thing the elderly want to do is shop duty free.

 

He is going to make a claim on his insurance though I'm not sure that's entirely worth it either.





Life is too short to remove USB safely.


Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.