Is Buying a Watch or Jewelry Duty-Free Worth It?

Jul 15, 2011

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I’m in the market to get a new watch – not something extravagant, but something high quality that I’ll keep forever. It dawned on me the other day while passing through CDG, that maybe I should buy duty-free while I’m abroad. So I went on the internet and asked some friends and I’ve gotten a lot of mixed responses.

So I open this up to my trusty readers: Does it make sense to buy jewelry (specifically nice watches) duty-free while traveling abroad? I know the best bet would be to price shop in NYC and then compare prices, but I haven’t had the time to do that and there aren’t that many online watch retailers that offer detailed pricing information.

Any thoughts or experiences would be greatly appreciated!

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