Duty Free Goods, Gibraltar
Gibraltar, being a duty free city, offers substantial savings on many things. We were told that buying a computer or electronics in Gibraltar was much cheaper than in Spain. One has to wonder though, because when leaving Gibraltar you didn't see people hauling boxes of stuff.
Spaniards go shopping in Gibraltar to take advantage of cheaper prices on many things-cigarettes, booze, staples as basic as sugar.
It seems that Spaniards are checked closely when leaving Gibraltar. I, as a foreigner, was only asked what I had and waved through.
What to buy:
For shopping purposes, the recently pedestrianised and beautiful Main Street is the place to visit.There you will find a variety of shops sellings all sorts of goods, VAT free!!!! You will find electrical/audio-visual equipment, tobacco products, wines and spirits, jewellery, watches , perfumes, porcelain figures , sunglasses, books ,confectioneries, souvenirs, clothes, all at very competitive prices.
What to pay: For a well-known brand of Vodka for example, you need only pay around four pounds.
For a packet of 200 cigarettes, be prepared to pay around eight pounds.
Perfume prices start at around eight pounds and rise from there.
Audio-visual equipment is well priced, but the shops are owned by two families so you wont be able to bargain a great deal from shop to shop as the prices are all generally the same. But you do get discount for paying with cash.
Gibraltar is a British Colony. As such it qualifies for tax-free status, which means any shopping there is duty-free. Therefore ectronic type goods can be significantly cheaper than elsewhere in Europe.
As usual though, buyer beware. Check your local prices first, and make sure you are buying the same item with the same extras coming with it!
What to buy: Electrical Goods such as cameras, mp3 players, memory cards et al are all worth investigating!
Besides being cigarettes which are a lot cheaper here (about £9 per 200 carton as opposed to about £45 a 200 carton in the UK), as are spirits, there are also lots of electrical shops, camera/photographic shops, perfume shops and also shops selling crystal and porcelain. All are duty free and as there are quite a few of these shops they must be doing well or else there wouldnt be as many.
There is also a Marks and Spencer a Safewy store which is down near the harbour.
As we were there in late November all the fairy lights were on ready for Christmas.
Not all shops are open on a Sunday.
Just wanted to remind folks about duty free goods if you are flying directly from the UK to Gibraltar.
What to buy: Its important that visitors from the UK are aware that Gibraltar is not classified as part of the EU and therefore, international allowances apply for trips directly to/from Gibraltar, e.g. 200 ciggies, 2 bottles wine, 1 bottle spirits, etc. This applies when returning from Gibraltar directly to the UK.
The shop is right at the left side as you enter the Casemates Square. It is close to its own factory and produces varoius unique designs of handmade glasswares and crystals. You can see glass being made, blown by famous blowers in town. Take home with you a piece of Gibraltar Crystal. Don't miss the display centre. You'll also find a wide display of glass on offer to cater for everyone's taste and budget.
What to buy: Gibraltar crystals as trendy jewelries,
As you walk into Gibraltar's main street you will immediately notice the numerous shops selling tax free goods, it seems that Gibraltar town center just thrives on its retail outlets. Its not surprising when you see the prices, and with so many daytrippers coming across the border its tax free status is well used by the visitors.
Just be careful what you buy, as searches are not infrequent at the Spanish border, exceeding your allowances can result in having to pay tax or confiscation of the goods.
What to buy: Tabacco, Alcohol, Photo Equipment and Cameras, Jewelry.
What to buy:
I could not believe how cheap Balieys was here, so we stocked up! It was about £6.00 for a bottle which here in mainland UK costs about £14-£15.00, Billy Bargin!
Just Dont get me started on how cheap Cadburys Chocolate was in Gibraltar.......................Probably just as well its not that cheap here (~_~)
Lots of bargins to be had here if your so inclined
What to pay: A lot less than at home!
Gibraltar is in a rather peculiar posistion in that it is a member of the EU (as it is part of the UK), but is not a member of the customs union.
Thus the duty-free allowances apply which are listed below :
• 200 Cigarettes or 100 Cigarillos, or 50 Cigars, or 250gm Tobacco
• 2 litres Still Table Wine and 1 litre Spirits, strong liqueurs over 22% vol. or 2 litres Fortified or sparkling wine, other liqueurs.
• 60cc/ml 250cc/ml Perfume Eau de Toilette.
• £145 Gifts souvenirs and all other goods inc beer.
If you want to pay more, you can shop there. You will pay at least 40% more than the most expensive shop in the UK! Gibraltar is tax free but don't expect to save anything on electronics.
What to buy: The only savings you can make in Gibraltar are on alcohol and tobacco.
What to pay: A lot more than the UK
Before visiting I had read in several websites and forums that Gibraltar is heaven for shopping due to taxes. Honestly, I didn't find it that great, probably because I visited in high season and the prices I checked don't change much from country to country: I was interested on the iPad and prices were similar to the ones I had recently seen in London (it wasn't available yet in Portugal in July 2010, when we visited Gibraltar).
Main Street is lined with shops selling mainly: perfumes (a bit cheaper than Portugal), sun-glasses, spirits, tobacco and electronics. The tobacco is in fact cheaper, but as we were travelling on a cruise, we found the ship's tobacco shop even cheaper. I bought myself Ray-Ban sunglasses, about the same price as they cost in Portugal just because I found one pair that I liked a lot. Notice that prices are in Sterling Pound and you should take into consideration the exchange rate, which back in July 2010 wasn't that good for the Euro.
I was trying to buy 2 cameras fortunately I had priced things at home first. I could buy far cheaper at Dixons, Jessops, Argos you name it anywhere but Main St. I'm a good haggler, well quite good, and I couldn't get anyone to come down to anywhere near the price I could buy at home.
Make sure you know your prices ! Check the hotel internet if you haven't got that item priced up !
They rely on suckers - don't be one.
I've been to Gib a number of times and this aspect of it has changed for the worse.
What to buy: NOTHING
What to pay: Spend your money at home
What to buy:
The price of the airport's Duty Free shop alcohol and tobacco, including cigarettes, cost about 1/3 cheaper than down-town Gibraltar on Main street.
What to pay: 1ltr spirits about £5.00 - rolling tobacco between £6 to £9 for 5 packs of tobacco. All dependant on brand, but SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper than in town. Check it out when you arrive, you can buy your entitlement on the way out to save carrying it about.
I recently came back from a cruise where we stopped in Gibraltar, it was our 4th time there so we knew where to get good deals. If you are looking to buy sunglasses go to a few shops before buying, some are cheaper than others, I would recommend a shop called S&S but there are many others with good deals too. Various things are cheaper such as, makeup, fragrance, and jewellery, however be sure to price things up before you go to Gibraltar as not everything is that good a deal. Pandora can be cheaper, but it can also be more expensive, I would recommend bringing a Pandora booklet with you (they have prices in) so you can compare prices.
Some people have mentioned that electronics are not a good buy, but, when it comes to cameras I strongly disagree. For anyone looking to buy electronics I can suggest a shop called 'Galaxy' it's on the main street and has some very good deals, for example, the new Nikon D3200 is priced at a low £395 compared to the UK price of £529.
What to buy: (some will be cheaper others not)
What to pay: Depends on what you buy, prices seem to have dropped recently
One of the larger shops along the Main Street of Gibraltar, I found VIJAY to be a very modern and trendy shop, with very helpful staff without being too pushy. I hate it when you go into shops and the sales assistant is breathing down your neck. They have got a fantastic range of sunglasses of all brands at fantastic discount prices. Just imagine, I picked up a pair of Ray Ban aviator sunglasses at £69!! They also have a range of mid-price watches, brands such as Seiko, Fossil, etc. They also have an online store www.vijay.gi and they ship worldwide (I think).
What to buy: Gibraltar is well-known for its duty-free prices in alcohol and tobacco. Unfortunately, I don't smoke so I couldn't take advantage of that. There is also a great selection of jewellery shops and I managed to buy my fiancee's engagement ring at a fantastic deal. Look out for the shop called Glamour, again great service and good prices.