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# 254253 3-Aug-2019 19:04
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Which stores offer duty free pricing with pickup at the airport?

Looking for Apple products

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  # 2289342 3-Aug-2019 21:09
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I think the only duty free with pick up is Aelia. From my experience the only things worth while buying at duty free these days are liqueurs.

 
 
 
 


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  # 2289403 4-Aug-2019 07:25
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larknz: I think the only duty free with pick up is Aelia. From my experience the only things worth while buying at duty free these days are liqueurs.

 

All duty free companies offer pickup for online orders. They encourage this and often offer extra discounts since they don't need to pay the airport the ~20% cut that they take for instore purchases.

 

Even liqueors can be a rip off these days like pretty much everything in duty free stores. There are a few bottles of whisky I've purashed in recent times that have been cheaper to buy at a normal store in NZ rather than duty free.

 

As for the OPs question I've seen Apple products at The Loop duty free in Auckland and these are online but depending on what you're planning to buy there may be zero benefit in buying it duty free.

 

These stores only discount the GST (as there is no duty) off the RRP, and you need to remember if the purchase is over NZ$750 that you'll legally need to declare it and pay GST regardless of whether you purchase it in duty free arriving back in NZ, or at duty free when leaving NZ and you're bringing the product back into NZ.

 

 

 

 


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  # 2289405 4-Aug-2019 07:37
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Buying duty free waste of time these days

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  # 2289413 4-Aug-2019 08:17
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I think OP is also asking which retail stores; that are not at the airport, offer you to buy product duty free and collect it at the airport when you depart.



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  # 2289422 4-Aug-2019 08:41
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kiwiharry: I think OP is also asking which retail stores; that are not at the airport, offer you to buy product duty free and collect it at the airport when you depart.


Yes, this is what I’m after as the christchurch airport duty free store no longer sells Apple products.

I know places like Partridge Jewellers, Louis Vuitton offer this type of service

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  # 2289429 4-Aug-2019 09:12
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mrphil:
kiwiharry: I think OP is also asking which retail stores; that are not at the airport, offer you to buy product duty free and collect it at the airport when you depart.


Yes, this is what I’m after as the christchurch airport duty free store no longer sells Apple products.

I know places like Partridge Jewellers, Louis Vuitton offer this type of service

 

I guess it goes back to the size of the market. With so few Apple devices being under $700 there aren't really any benefits selling these Duty free as most people will then just need to declare them and then pay GST anyway. In Auckland there are a lot more flights to other destinations where you may find people wanting to buy a device to take home with them, but with iPhone pricing in NZ being more expensive that many other markets you'd really wonder how many they actually sell.

 

With Apple's fixed pricing and low margins (like the two examples you've used above which are high margin retailers) it's probably not with the effort of retailers establishing such a relationship. If a buyer is only going to save GST and then immediately have to pay GST when they declare it the whole process is rather pointless!

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  # 2289570 4-Aug-2019 12:53
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You can try your luck - I once bought a Macbook, declared it at Customs, and the Customs officer thanked me for my honesty and promptly let me go without charging the GST. But I had promised a relative a gift and had forgotten about it until I landed in Auckland, so just sucked up the risk of duty free.

 

The second time I ever bought something duty free was when Auckland Airport had a "$20 off" special on anything over $150 (IIRC) and somehow that was applied to my Apple Pencil (Gen 2) order, so I probably got that for the cheapest price you will ever get in NZ. 

 

Generally, I concur with the others -- duty free in NZ is largely a waste of time.

 

 

 

 


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  # 2289588 4-Aug-2019 13:38
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dejadeadnz:

 

 

 

Generally, I concur with the others -- duty free in NZ is largely a waste of time.

 

 

It's not just New Zealand - it's a global thing. I seriously wonder who would buy bulk packs of Tim Tam biscuits for over $5 a pack in duty free in Australia which is around twice the price you pay in a supermarket!

 

A 360g Toblerone costs $16.50 to buy at any of the duty free stores in New Zealand. The same 360g Toblerone costs $8 at The Warehouse every week of the year.

 

 

 

 


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