Top Tips for Duty Free Shopping

Top Tips for Duty Free Shopping


It is nearly the summer holidays, yay! We are not going abroad this summer but have lots of staycations planned including camping at Camp Bestival and glamping. If you are heading off abroad, we have some top tips for duty free shopping for you AND a great giveaway for you, a fabulous  Zoeva Bon Voyage travel size brush set worth £35.00

Top Tips for Duty Free Shopping

If you are going abroad, make sure you pop by the duty free shop to pick up a bargain, here are our tips:

Duty free goods are sold minus the local import tax and VAT, which depending on what country you are buying in, could be less 5% – 25%.

Prices vary a lot across duty free stores depending on the economy of that country, and the distance the product has travelled. On top of this, you have other taxes (and expenses like store rent) added which will vary from country to country. Thirdly, being the only store in the area selling those particular items (particularly tobacco and alcohol), they have the monopoly, and therefore if the seller wants to make more money, they could increase the prices accordingly.

Do some online research before your trip. If you have a product in mind, check the price differences in duty free shops across the globe. You might get a significant saving at the Duty Free in the country you’re travelling to, but you might not.

The biggest savings are to be found with tobacco and alcohol, mainly because they are usually the most heavily taxed items. Be aware of the limit on how much alcohol and tobacco you can bring back to the UK.

Currently, they are a maximum of 200 cigarettes (or 150 cigarillos, 50 cigars or 250g tobacco) and the alcohol limit is 16 litres of beer and 4 litres of wine (not sparkling), or 1 litre of spirits or liquor over 22 per cent alcohol, or 2 litres fortified wine, sparkling wine and anything up to 22 per cent alcohol.

Research perfume and cosmetics before you go. Find out what perfumes are on sale at your airports and which perfumes you want to buy then compare prices.

Remember that the airport Duty Free shop will have more products than the inflight trolley.

Electronic shopping at Duty Free is usually because you have forgotten something – headphones, speaker pods, and chargers are the most common. But actually, most items are usually significantly cheaper in duty free than elsewhere.

We have the Zoeva Bon Voyage travel size brush set worth £35.00 to giveaway to one lucky reader. This travel beauty brush set is from Selfridges and has four brushes in a make up bag.

The set is perfect for popping in your luggage and taking on holiday with you, whether you are holidaying here or abroad.

To enter, simply answer the question below – ‘Where is your favourite holiday destination?’

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  1. These are some great tips – I love shopping in duty free! Great giveaway too!
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  2. Harley Quinn as she’s my four year old daughters favourite, she dressed as her for her cousins superhero themed birthday party last weekend xxx

  3. batman for me

  4. I’m not sure I have a favourite destination, I just love getting away and exploring somewhere new! South Africa was an amazing place to visit, though 🙂
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  5. I always grab make up or molten brown in duty free if I can. So much trickier when travelling with kids though!
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  6. Superman, love him and Lois Lane.

  7. Wonder woman for Me -spiderman for the boys

  8. Great tips about researching. I’ve actually stopped buying things in duty free in Europe because it doesn’t work out any cheaper. That said I’m definitely hitting the duty free when we head to America next month!

  9. Iron Man.

  10. Aw yay! I am going to Tuscany so I definitely would like to indulge in some good old fashioned duty free shopping. What a great giveaway xx x
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  11. I so want to go duty free shopping now! I love buying make up and beauty products. I always stock up for the year! ou are so organised with all those tips!
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  12. Superman is my favourite superhero. Wonderful prize. Thanks for hosting

  13. Some great tips, just in time for my holiday too.

  14. My dad! does that count? Batman is my 2nd fave 😉 xx

  15. Superman is the one

  16. Spider Man

  17. Got to be Wonder Woman

  18. Batman forever. Great watching the old tv series

  19. Thor is my favourite, I love Chris Hemsworth

  20. thor…such a big sexy hammer

  21. Has to be Batman for me 🙂

  22. Favourite superhero is nightwing.

    And my favourite holiday destination would be Norway – but I keep ending up places in the UK!

  23. Superman

  24. Batman!

  25. Black widow

  26. We love CatWoman, and thank you for the duty free advice!


  28. Black Panther 🙂

  29. Black Panther 🙂

  30. spiderman

  31. Wonder Woman

  32. spider man

  33. batman has always been my favourite

  34. Spiderman

  35. Spiderman

  36. Wonder Woman

  37. Iron Man

  38. Wonder Woman, I remember cutting her hat out from the back of cereal packets when I was little.

  39. Spiderman

  40. I like Spiderman but my little fella thinks Batman is the best.

  41. Spiderman

  42. Spiderman!

  43. Superwomen

  44. The original Batman!!!!

  45. Ironman

  46. batman

  47. Deadpool – the anti-superhero

  48. My favourite superhero has to be wonder woman

  49. iron Man

  50. Superman 🙂

  51. Batman

  52. ironman! handsome and funny!

  53. Superman

  54. Iron man xx

  55. Deadpool because hes so human and funny and mean despite being a hero

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