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Topic # 240692 20-Sep-2018 15:17
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Just in the process of purchasing an expensive wristwatch and I asked the jeweler for a tax free price. Figured I could pop over to Sydney for a weekend with the GST saved.

 

The price I was given included a $300 Auckland Airport Collection Fee. WTF? They charge $300 for some Schmuck to check your passport and hand your goods over?

 

Needless to say, I'll be staying at home now >:(


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  Reply # 2093881 20-Sep-2018 15:17
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Allow me to introduce you folks to our new travel community: TravelTalk NZ.

 

We hope to see you there!

 





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  Reply # 2093889 20-Sep-2018 15:31
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did you ask them what the fee is actually for?




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  Reply # 2093892 20-Sep-2018 15:34
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nathan:

 

did you ask them what the fee is actually for?

 

 

Who, the jeweler or Auckland Airport? The jeweler just said "It's an independent fee not charged by us, but by Auckland Airport on Tax Free sales".


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  Reply # 2093895 20-Sep-2018 15:42
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ouch, no wonder the Airport share price is so high 


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  Reply # 2093902 20-Sep-2018 15:52
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Why not just fly to Australia and buy it there?

 

You'll get your trip, probably find it's cheaper than NZ anyway, get the Australian GST back on departure from Australia, and personal jewellery is exempt from GST/duty when you arrive back into NZ.

 

 


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  Reply # 2093903 20-Sep-2018 15:55
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nathan:

 

ouch, no wonder the Airport share price is so high 

 

 

$190 million in retail income last year!

 

 




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  Reply # 2093904 20-Sep-2018 15:55
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sbiddle:

 

Why not just fly to Australia and buy it there?

 

It's a new model in short supply so I don't fancy my chances of finding one in OZ. Good idea though.

 

[Edit] I also want to support my local AD


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  Reply # 2093912 20-Sep-2018 16:14
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exador:

 

[Edit] I also want to support my local AD

 

 

But not the government or consumers of public services  :)


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  Reply # 2097875 28-Sep-2018 07:52
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exador:

 

Just in the process of purchasing an expensive wristwatch and I asked the jeweler for a tax free price. Figured I could pop over to Sydney for a weekend with the GST saved.

 

The price I was given included a $300 Auckland Airport Collection Fee. WTF? They charge $300 for some Schmuck to check your passport and hand your goods over?

 

Needless to say, I'll be staying at home now >:(

 

 

Maybe they are secretly encouraging you to buy a $20,000 watch instead of a $2,000 one.


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