Is duty free a rip off? | Matt Hayward's blog Melbourne Australia

Is duty free a rip off?

In my travels in Arequipa Peru, we decided to venture out of tourist town into Normalville. In our travels, we came across a bottle shop, so I took a look.

Wouldn’t you know it, booze is pretty cheap in Peru. A bottle of local rum is about 15 Soles ($5 AUD), Johnny Walker Red 30 Soles ($10) and black label for well under $30 AUD. Even in department stores, they had better prices! So logically wouldn’t you think that the duty free shop would be even cheaper? Not by a long shot. Because these prices aren’t for Joe Gringo. Prices at the duty free airport for a bottle of Johnny Black were about the same as they’d be in Dan Murphys at home. Full retail price!

Naturally this is all a bit of a rort and sadly given that I’m not that well traveled, I’m really curious to see if you’ve com!e across anything similar in your travels. Please leave comments and let me know. Otherwise, if you’re off to Peru, enjoy the cheap booze and leave some space in your suitcase!

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  1. Arequipa is a very nice city, this year I visited it and I could know Colca Canyon, the beaches of Mollendo and the sanctuary of the Virgen de Chapi. I also could enjoy its typical meal like chupe de camarones y adobo de chancho … delicious. I recommend you visit this city and also recommend using a travel agency because it is safer. I hired TurPeru and everything was fine, if you want more information the website is

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