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Zurich Duty Free.... prices

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Zurich Duty Free.... prices

Hi - Does anyone have experience with the prices of Zurich Duty Free? A month ago my husband was there and I asked him to pick me us some lotion - basic european stuff that is in all Duty Free (we travel a lot). I didn't think to tell him the price, but when he came home he paid double price for what I can even buy it for in non-duty free stores.

Now I have a trip which I pass through Zurich on the way out and way back. Has anyone noticed a higher price for items in Zurich?

THanks!

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1. Re: Zurich Duty Free.... prices

Swiss prices are some of the highest in the world for branded goods (ie local market price is high because the Swiss are rich and their currency is strong). Sales taxes are some of the very lowest in Europe (ie what you save is low). So logically (and in my experience) it’s a bad place for foreign visitors to shop in duty free.

Edited: May 22, 2018, 12:53 am
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2. Re: Zurich Duty Free.... prices

I don't really understand what your question is getting at. Are you asking about prices in Zurich, or in Zurich Airport? Or is this just a complaint about what your husband paid? It's not clear what you bought/want to buy, nor what you're comparing the duty free price with.

'Basic' brands are not carried in Zurich Airport as far as I know. In general terms, most international premium cosmetic brands (Lauder, Clinique, Chanel, etc) are more expensive in Switzerland than elsewhere in Europe, and the typical difference between Swiss shop prices and duty free cosmetics prices is 10%. However I would be surprised if anything was as much as twice the UK price (typically the lowest price in Europe currently due to exchange rates) and by extension twice the price anywhere else in Europe.

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3. Re: Zurich Duty Free.... prices

Thanks for feedback. I actally was referring to Sweden, and yes was 2x price in Swiss duty free airport.

It never occurred to me to send him the price to shop for... it was Biotherm, sold in most Europe airports.

I normally pick up High end brands when travel, but now I know I should just work when passing via Zurich.

No not just complaining- couriius to others experience.

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4. Re: Zurich Duty Free.... prices

Thank you for your feedback! Very helpful.

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