Buying stuff duty-free in Sydney vs Singapore: which is best value?

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AlG

Member since 04 Nov 2010

Total posts 155

Buying stuff duty-free in Sydney vs Singapore: which is best value? I'm heading to Singapore soon, will be doing quite a few trips there this year, but not certain if it's better to buy things duty-free at Sydney or in SIngapore. I'm thinking about a digital SLR and noise cancelling headphones, and while they might be cheaper in Australia without 10% GST the thing is that I don't want to buy a 'dud' in Singapor and get ripped off, or find I am not covered by warranty in Australia.

pab2025

Member since 25 Jun 2012

Total posts 99

Sometimes a good way to buy duty free is to buy from a normal retailer like JB Hifi or the like, bargain them down as much as you can and then take your receipt to the GST refund desk just after passport control at Sydney airport and get your refund of the GST there.

This way you get the exact camera you want at the cheapest price and your GST back (http://www.customs.gov.au/site/page4646.asp)

Only thing to keep in mind is i believe you need to buy within 30days before you go (not any earlier).

David

Member since 24 Oct 2010

Total posts 988

Yes, buying locally and then claiming the TRS rebate is a good strategy - for more on how this works, see http://www.ausbt.com.au/travel-trip-claiming-the-trs-airport-refund-on-australian-gst.

Dutyfreeaddict

Member since 20 Jan 2013

Total posts 1

Hi

check out dutyfreeaddict.com to help you answer this question.

the site is currently in beta but it should help you compare duty free prices online for Australia vs Singapore.

adinglis

Qantas - Platinum

Member since 04 Jun 2014

Total posts 8

Sydney and Brisbane TRS desks seem to be getting a little bit more strict on Aussies claiming tax back on things bought in the last 30 days just because they are going on a holiday...
I was told a blatant "No" at BNE a couple of months ago, and basically interrogated in SYD last week as to where I live, what I do etc etc.

Seems like a bit of a crack down recently. 

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