Holidaymakers have been warned that buying duty-free luggage at the airport could cost them hundreds more.
It also suggests that those who want to bargain before flying to airports can save up to 40% by shopping online instead.
research by price detectiveA price and product comparison site, we reviewed over 300 products in duty-free stores across three UK airports including perfumes, makeup, sunglasses, toiletries, watches, skincare and electronics.
It compared the average price of each item to its cheapest price online.
watches These are among the top categories where travelers can save the most by shopping online as they cost an average of £26.40 more in duty-free stores.
You can save an average of £7.58 if you buy perfume online compared to at the airport.
Meanwhile, buying sunglasses and cosmetics online in duty-free shops costs an average of £5 more.
Lisa Matinvasi-Bassett, UK Country Manager at PriceSpy, said: “There has long been a myth that when traveling abroad, duty-free can offer the best prices on luxury items.
“While many are becoming aware that this is not the case, it is interesting to see evidence that duty-free does not necessarily provide the best value.
“Our research highlights that people need to do their price due diligence to make sure this is, in fact, the case.”
She also urges travellers to think about what they need to do to avoid last-minute shopping at the airport.
“It’s been a tough few years and we’re so glad people can go away once again, but by taking your money savvy you can make your vacation extra special with a little extra expense,” she said.
By checking online first, you can make sure you always get the best price when you shop duty free.
Meanwhile, a frequent traveler A clever way to avoid the huge crowds at UK airports has been revealed – And people are surprised.
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