The final word on duty free shopping

You’ve heard of the Big Mac indicator. Well, this is the Bastard Box indicator.

Jacob’s Creek Johann South Australia Shiraz Cabernet

This wine is for sale at winestar.com.au for A$55. I reckon there’s a smidge over A$10 of GST and WET (wine excise tax) in that price. Bear that in mind as we do the comparison:

Winestar.com.au (including Australian duty and tax, but not delivery) – A$55

Melbourne Airport duty free – A$65

Changi Airport duty free (S$140) – A$115

Say no more.

And I won’t.

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"A good bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world" - Louis Pasteur

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