Duty Free Tech is BS
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Oct 21, 2013 12:16 PM Last Post By: chilipepper21
Oct 9, 2013 3:52 AM
Duty Free Tech is BSOn my way back to Australia last week after a couple of months in Cambodia, I had a couple of hours layover in Kuala Lumpur and checked out a top of the line pair of Bose noise cancelling headphones in the only 'electrical/tech' outlet in the transit area and they were asking $816 US as the Duty Free price !
When I got home I checked a few on-line places and can get the exact same headphones for $344 AUD plus $10 freight.
Just the last in a long line of Duty Free ripoffs I've experienced over many years, DF is an absolute, total con.
Oct 9, 2013 4:44 AM
Oct 9, 2013 8:41 AM
2Can you hear the grass growing using those?
In the middle east I once checked camera prices. Only one model of the Nikon dSLR series was very cheap, really good price. All others were on the expensive side.
Upon inquiring the cheap priced model was out of stock bu the vendor said 'why don't you get this model - one of then overpriced onrs - instead'....
Oct 9, 2013 9:52 PM
3you guys obviously don't know you're headphones :)
Bose, Beats by Dre, Monster, Skullcandy...all go into the overhyped, over marketed, gimmick, crap bucket!! Anything with "Noise Cancellation" should be avoided.....
Seriously, if you want to learn about Cans..spend some time in here - http://www.head-fi.org
Custom In Ear Monitors from the top guys will set you back 2K USD.
I know guys with headphones on their home rig between $2000 - $2500 and a dedicated Headphone Amp worth 5k!!
For example..these are some of the sweetest Cans around - http://www.audeze.com/products/headphones/lcd-3
If you want to see your hard earned money disappear quickly, get a HiFi / Headphones addiction. Once you hear how good music can sound with the right equipment, you'll be hooked :)
IMHO, avoid the Bose, do some research on that site and you'll get a great set of HP's for $350 AUD!!
Oct 10, 2013 1:24 AM
4You're right . . . . I didn't know I was a headphone ;- )
And thanks for the info, but I'm actually not into music at all. I borrowed a pair of (Sony, I think) noise cancelling headphones once from a friend to try and help me sleep better and they worked very well.
Rest assured I didn't buy the $800 'cans' in Kuala Lumpur, but I will check out your links.
Oct 10, 2013 3:15 AM
5As far as airplanes go, the Bose are good with the noise cancelling. However there are plenty of pairs with NC that are probably 80% as good as the bose pair but 30-50% of the price.
However you can get some pretty expensive headphones. I ended up getting a set of NC headphones from Audio-Technica which work pretty well, no where near as expensive as the Bose.
But yes I've seen in-ear earphones cost $1k+. Although its just like camera lenses. each 1% of improvement costs you 20-50% more :-)
Oct 10, 2013 4:41 AM
6I'm no expert at all, but I noticed those Bose headphones that you mention at Singapore airport and they seemed very, very good. Just out of curiosity, while waiting around at the airport, I went around to other retailers and tried half a dozen other brands. The actual "noise cancelling" effect of the Bose was miles better than any of the others in the same price range ($200-300 USD). I remember a Sony pair that did not seem to cancel any noise at all!
Oct 10, 2013 9:19 AM
7"good" headphones or IEM's made from a decent manufacturer should make a seal on, over or in your ear that will create the noise cancellation effect.
I do not own Bose, or Headphones that claim to cancel noise, but when I have mine on or in, I cannot hear what is going on around me....that's kind of the purpose :)
If you have a pair of headphones on that are leaking the sound out or allowing external sounds to leak in you have a very poor fit. (edit, open backed cans will leak, but are designed to, to increase the 'soundstage')
Although its just like camera lenses. each 1% of improvement costs you 20-50% more :-)
With respect Justin, I have to strongly disagree with you there :) In fact, for half the price of the top end Bose, I can recommend some cans that will absolutely smoke them....if Sound / Music Quality is important to you that is?
If you're looking for a great set of travel headphones that WILL have noise cancellation while you have them on, without claiming this as some kind of marketing BS, it's very hard to look past these 2 classic's - will cost you a couple Hundred bucks...but money very well spent IMHO :)
Oct 11, 2013 1:13 AM
Oct 11, 2013 10:02 AM
Oct 12, 2013 2:05 AM
10Well Chilipepper21, it was a generalisation, yes for some overpriced brands, of which Bose are one, of the course rule isn't completely valid, but I'm sure you'll agree once you get to the quality equipment, you have to pay a lot for smaller gains each time. It applies to many things in the world.
Oct 12, 2013 8:49 AM
Oct 20, 2013 8:18 AM
12Duty free isn't usually the "best" deal but sometimes it may be cheaper than at home.
I've noticed that some of these Asian airports are now geared towards the nouveau rich Chinese that are traveling and just spend money because they have the time. The duty free in one Thai airport was 75% bottles that cost over $100! ("If its expensive it must be good!").
You need to know the street price of anything you want to buy duty free. I've noticed things seem to be just a tad cheaper than on the street in that particular country. Sure there's no tax but they take double the profit.
This site tracks how much things cost all over, Malaysia is the cheapest place in the world to get an iPad! Thailand is known as having really cheap Apple products so perhaps their duty-free might work out.
Oct 21, 2013 7:00 AM
13I'm having a little cognitive dissonance with this thread :-) (aside from the techie headphone subthread).
Airports are the last place to expect to find bargains.
Duty Free has been around for a long time, the whole concept is closer to a brand name conspiring to ripoff travellers stuck in airports than providing a meaningful bargain mart. Shops are generally high-end, where sticker shock and juicy profit margins are acceptable to a certain class of captive consumer, (with the occasional international spies with need of a quick Hugo Boss makeover before catching a flight back to headquarters thrown in).
Oct 21, 2013 12:16 PM
14Example of good pricing for DF Product: - I'm about to buy a new camera for traveling. Have researched extensively for the right product and price....thought about buying online and shipping here (amazon etc) the best price I can get is DF when I leave the country (NZ). I can buy the product and pay for it online, clear customs and pick up the new device - sweet! comes in at around $110.00 cheaper.
The only problem is buying sight unseen and not having used the device before setting off. I have had it in my hands in a shop though and know what i am buying :)
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