HOLIDAY: The duty free and airport shopping rules

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Not so much the legalities, as our wise words and own experience of airport shopping mania

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So you've turned up for your flight four hours early, and you're ready to hit the duty-free airport shopping scene. Hard.

Sound familiar? Yes, we know the feeling well too.

Before you start reenacting an especially shiny episode of Supermarket Sweep however, take a moment. Because this is a lot like sale shopping, were all normal sensibility can fly out the cut-price window.

To get the most out airport shopping, you should have a strategy. A plan of attack if you will.

So based on experience, trial and error, or mainly just general error, here are our own wise words of holiday shopping wisdom...

TIP 1: Have a list. You can go 'off list' of course, but if you know what you want before you turn up, you'll be far less likely to waste cash on things you'll never use.

TIP 2: Only take requests from close friends and family. If you have a shopping list for every neighbour and their brother's uncle, you'll wind up spending all your time playing personal shopper.

TIP 3: Only buy what you can carry and comfortably sit next to. You have to take all this onto the plane with you remember? Not to mention the journey home. Some airports have a buy-now-collect-later service, so check that out if you're planning a major spree.

TIP 4: Set a budget. If you've saved up money for your holiday, there's no point blowing it all at the airport. You don't want to come home to a duty-free hole in your bank balance either!

What do you think? Are you an airport shopper?

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