Duty-free items not always cheaper

The investigation found duty-free spirits, liqueurs in particular, were consistently cheaper, “but considering excise duty and Goods and Services Tax (GST) often add up to half the price of a bottle of vodka, gin or whiskey, it can be less of a bargain than a consumer might expect,” Chetwin added.

On the day of Consumer NZ’s price survey, a bottle of Jack Daniels—subject to $21 of alcohol duties and levies at the border—was only $5 cheaper duty-free.

Chetwin commented: “When you remove alcohol duty and GST from the sticker-price, consumers might expect to see more significant savings when they shop duty-free than they get.”

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