Duty-free goods not always cheaper


Do not buy your chocolates and lollies at duty-free stores they are not guaranteed to be cheaper than supermarkets.
That is the finding from a just-released Consumer NZ survey, which looked at 33 items found commonly in duty-free stores.
Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin says confectionery is the worst value at the airport chains Aelia Duty Free, JR Duty Free and The Loop Duty Free.
All seven products evaluated were selling for a better price at supermarkets or big box retailers.
It is worth going on-line or checking prices at your local supermarket rather than assuming airport duty-free stores will be cheaper for most products, Ms Chetwin said.
Alcohol was consistently less expensive, according to the survey, but not by a lot.
On the day of Consumer NZ’s price survey, a bottle of Jack Daniel’s whisky subject to $21 of alcohol duties and levies at the border was only $5 cheaper duty-free.
“When you remove alcohol duty and GST from the sticker price, consumers might expect to see more significant savings when they shop duty-free than they get,” Ms Chetwin said.
Shoppers should also be clearly informed what is free of extra charges and what is not, as the term “duty-free” is enticing to customers, she said. The price of confectionery at the duty-free stores will be the subject of a complaint to the Commerce Commission for mis-leading pricing, Ms Chetwin said.

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