One of the perks of international travel used to be the ability to bag some serious bargains by purchasing duty free products. One member speculates that the value for money of duty free products has declined rapidly.

On a recent trip to Hong Kong one member felt that there was not a significant difference in prices for products like shoes, clothes, perfume and aftershave. The savings on electrical goods depended on the make and model of the item of interest. Whilst high end luxury brands seem to have internationally comparable prices.

Many members felt that bargains are still to be had when purchasing alcohol and tobacco products. However some members opine that alcohol prices are not significantly different to bottle shop specials.

Our members recommend avoiding airport duty free shops as they have a captive audience and are unlikely to be competitive. It is also recommended by our members to do online research and price comparisons before committing to a duty free purchase.

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