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Duty Free - What items are a good deal

Post by Justin_Br » Sun, 22 Jun 2008 4:33 pm

I have been informed that spirits are a good deal at duty free but the wine is not a good deal. I have seen duty free twice and can compare the spirit prices and they are quite good. However, I am unable to find many of the same brands of wine. Thus, what have you found to be worth it and what is not. Ex, I found that Saphire gin is quite a good deal. Your thoughts and experiences are welcomed.

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Post by taxico » Sun, 22 Jun 2008 8:17 pm

ze hoegaarden weis biere is eggcellent in taste and price.

i think any of the 4-pack beers are decent buys.

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Post by Justin_Br » Sun, 22 Jun 2008 9:14 pm

The beer only comes in three packs since you are only allowed 1L spirits, 1L wine, and 1L beer.

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Post by taxico » Mon, 23 Jun 2008 7:14 am

my bad. you're right.

i've been buying too many 4-bottle hoegaarden from the grocery store recently it has clouded (pun intended) my judgement.

it's about $10 for each 3-pack right?

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Post by Justin_Br » Mon, 23 Jun 2008 10:16 am

I believe the price is right around there. However, I am looking for specifics such as with the wine and the spirits. I have found that the gin is $28 at duty free and <$70 at the grocery store, hence a good buy. However, as I have not bought much wine here I am unable to determine which are a "good" deal and which are not or if many people generally just buy their wine at the grocery store. Your thoughts.

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Post by ScoobyDoes » Mon, 23 Jun 2008 10:32 am

Bombay Saphire and indeed ALL alchohol will be cheaper in Duty Free than on the streets in Singapore given the amount of tax on it here.

The gin at Changi is still more expensive than Duty Frees around the region but IS a lot cheaper than street prices. I am fortunate enough to travel enough to get a few good deals out of Changi but if i only had the choice of European/American Duty Free and Changi then Chagi wins easily.

For reference, at least Hong Kong and Vietnam are cheaper.

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Post by micknlea » Mon, 23 Jun 2008 11:04 am

Spirits are definitely the better buy. Wines all tend to be a bit pricey but usually good quality. You can however buy at similar prices at some of the wine shops and grocery stores around town, especially when they have specials etc on, and you may get to taste it as well.
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Post by Strong Eagle » Mon, 23 Jun 2008 11:07 am

ScoobyDoes wrote:For reference, at least Hong Kong and Vietnam are cheaper.
Hmmm... I was in Hanoi in May. Duty free at the airport was just a little bit more than here in Sing for JW Black scotch. HK was a virtual tie but buying in SG saves the hassle of carrying it. KL prices about the same, Bangkok duty free higher, Seoul definitely higher as is Taiwan airport. US? Much higher.

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Post by Justin_Br » Mon, 23 Jun 2008 11:40 am

So I guess the general consensus would be that spirits are a good buy, really no matter what brand, and that beer is also a good buy. However, wine may be a good buy at the time but the selection at the grocery stores is significantly larger and that if there is a sale you may have prices which are very close or on par with those found at duty free.

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Post by ScoobyDoes » Mon, 23 Jun 2008 2:20 pm

Strong Eagle wrote:
ScoobyDoes wrote:For reference, at least Hong Kong and Vietnam are cheaper.
Hmmm... I was in Hanoi in May. Duty free at the airport was just a little bit more than here in Sing for JW Black scotch.
I got my 1L bottle of Bombay for USD13 in Vietnam.....~S$18.

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