How airport duty-frees compare
We compared prices for popular items on offer at duty-frees in Dublin, London, Frankfurt, Dubai and Sydney airports, and also compared them - where possible - with the cheapest prices for the same items online or in stores here.
Drink and cosmetics
If you're off to a non-EU country, it may be worth getting alcohol and cosmetics at www.theloop.ie (the online portal of Aer Rianta's duty-free stores in Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports), instead of buying at your destination airport, as there's a good chance it'll be cheaper.
For instance, a duty-free 1-litre bottle of Baileys Irish Cream costs €17.50 in Dublin, compared with €23.44 in Dubai - a saving of nearly €6. A 75ml tub of Lancome Absolue BX night cream retailing for €152 at Dublin airport is also some €70 cheaper than in Dubai. Mind you, the same tub also costs €152 in Boots.
Duty-frees claim to do quite well for items like watches, with discounts available for travellers to both EU and non-EU destinations, but the brands and models on offer are so diverse, it's difficult to compare. But at Heathrow Airport, according to the website, at €1,056 you can save over €200 on the high street price of a Tag Heuer Formula 1 watch.
Dublin duty-free doesn't seem to do a whole lot in the way of technology, but if you're off to Australia, Sydney Airport has great value in Apple iPod Nano 16gb players, which work out at €121, compared to €164 in Dubai and €153 in London. This beats the Irish Apple Store's price of €189.
For those with a sweet tooth, a 400g bar of Toblerone is €12.50 in Dubai, but €7.70 in Frankfurt and €10 in Sydney. The Irish airports seem to list only Irish-made chocolates from the likes of Lir, Butlers and Lily O'Briens. Mind you, if it's Toblerone you really want, you'll probably do better from the traders on Henry Street.
Sunday Indo Business