Duty free, tax free it's anything but free...or, is duty free a joke?

3 posts  |  Started 1 year ago by Balirickman  |   Latest reply from Balirickman  |  

  1. Balirickman
    Member

    Forgot to buy sunglasses, which are a must in Bali and left my run a bit late so I trawled the shopping centres for prices. $159 full retail, so armed with this I got to the airport to buy duty & tax free. Duty & tax free price - $195.00. Clearly not even close and I wonder what is the point of having shops at the airport? Of course they can sell at whatever price they like, but it is somewhat deceptive to suggest that it is "free" of tax & duties, but costs more than full retail. Same sunnies on eBay $100. Got a cheapie pair in Ubud for 70k and will check out the surf shops in Kuta tomorrow for the "real" deal pair I want.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  2. Islander
    Member

    I've found duty free on Bali to be ridiculously overpriced. Not sure what market they are aiming at; perhaps European or Oz prices are high enough that Bali seems to be a good deal, but where I live, regular store prices are cheaper than Bali DF. There used to be a DF just before inbound customs that I'd use for a last minute bottle, since at that point the only alternative is those high Bali prices--but that place is gone now.

    But how did you get access to DF at Bali airport if you weren't leaving and hadn't cleared immigration? Or you you mean the DFS shop outside Kuta?

    Posted 1 year ago #
  3. Balirickman
    Member

    Sorry Islander, I should have said I was talking about df on the out bound leg (Perth airport). The Perth WA airport is a joke and we should be embarrassed at how poor it is.

    Posted 1 year ago #

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