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Consumer group report finds airport duty free not always the cheapest

world duty free airports passenger terminal which?Airport shopping favorites such as Toblerone, gin and Lego are likely to be cheaper in supermarkets and online, a report by consumer group Which? has found.

A common assumption among travelers is that they will be able to get the best deals in duty free, but the report found a 360g bar of Toblerone cost £4 at Bristol World Duty Free but only £3 in supermarket Asda, and a 70cl bottle of Tanqueray gin cost £18 at Heathrow’s Terminal 2 but was £15 in Morrisons supermarkets.

A SanDisk Extreme Plus 64GB camera memory card was on sale for £73 more at Glasgow International’s Dixons Travel than it was at Currys online. Similarly, The Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon was £20 cheaper at Toys R Us online than at Gatwick South’s World Duty Free.

The watchdog noted that consumer could still find savings at airport shops, but urged shoppers to “always do your research before you head to the airport to make sure the deal is not actually dearer than you find on the high street or online”.

Written by Kirstie Pickering

April 26, 2017


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