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Topic # 192088 26-Feb-2016 12:22
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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?





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  Reply # 1499768 26-Feb-2016 12:27
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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.

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  Reply # 1499778 26-Feb-2016 12:32
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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.

 

 


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  Reply # 1499780 26-Feb-2016 12:34
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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.





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  Reply # 1499784 26-Feb-2016 12:39
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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.




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  Reply # 1499795 26-Feb-2016 13:06
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Def better off with a local store & full service.

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  Reply # 1499796 26-Feb-2016 13:10
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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.


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  Reply # 1499797 26-Feb-2016 13:11
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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.





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  Reply # 1499863 26-Feb-2016 13:58
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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

 

 


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  Reply # 1499867 26-Feb-2016 14:05
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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.





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  Reply # 1499874 26-Feb-2016 14:09
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Its fine for booze tho, where there is actual stupid taxes added to what is in stores, and its usually better %age too.





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  Reply # 1499889 26-Feb-2016 14:32
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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.


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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.

 

 


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  Reply # 1500107 26-Feb-2016 19:23
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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.




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  Reply # 1500531 27-Feb-2016 21:36
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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.





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