Did you know that the best place to buy such souvenirs is the international airport of that very country? You ask, why so? The answer is simple, because these items are available in the Duty free shops at airports (international). And purchasing these at duty free prices save you quite an amount of money as well. But souvenirs are not the only thing for which duty free shopping is known for, right?
Buying products like perfumes, cosmetics, chocolates, international liquor, international bags, watches are the real stuff which drives travellers to the duty free stores. And while duty free shopping is in itself a way to save some money on such international brands, there is still ONE trick which will ensure you get the lowest duty free price for the products you are looking for.
But first let’s just clear out, what is Duty free shopping in the first place…
Duty Free Shopping and Duty Free Prices – What You Need to Know:
For all goods that are being carried across international borders, the government levies a customs duty tax on those. This Customs Duty Tax is what we call as ‘Duty’. For international travellers and tourists, the governments authorise certain point of sale where brands can sell their products, without the above mentioned duty. This is because if a person has been in a foreign country for over 48 hours or will be going to a foreign country after the purchase, he/she is exempt from this duty. Such Duty free shops are generally and most commonly located at all the International airports and Seaports – The common entry and exit points of a country.
However, Duty Free must not be confused with Tax free. Technically though even Duty is a tax but it is only of the many kinds of taxes. Generally the term tax refers to the more common Value Added Tax (VAT). So, Duty Free does not necessarily mean that the product is Tax free. You may have to pay the VAT even if you are exempted from paying the duty. Products that are sold at prices devoid of Duty charges are called Duty free Products being sold at Duty Free Prices.
That ONE single trick to SAVE on Duty Free Shopping:
Now here comes the fun part. There is a way by which you can know the Duty Free prices of products without even entering the shop. Not just the prices, but the LOWEST prices.
- Enter the Departure, Stopover (if any), Arrival Airports and click Show Products
- Now, Select the products from the list. You can filter them based on the categories on the left sidebar.
- Once you see the product you want, simply click on it…
- You will now see the prices at all the airports, know which airports have the lowest prices so you can decide where to buy the products from.
Bonus: There is one for trick – dutyfree.buzz will also show you an option to pre-order [wherever applicable] and if you see that option, you can pre-order the product and collect it when you land at the airport. This way you can save another 5% extra on them.
Ain’t the trick wonderful? You should probably start your shopping already!!!