If you’re often tempted to take home a haul from the airport’s duty-free shops, there’s one thing you need to know before you stuff your carry-on with goodies: You’re not necessarily getting a good deal.
A duty-free store is where you can buy certain goods without the added import or export tax that a country normally tacks on. Typically, the best duty-free deals are on liquor and tobacco products, since those are the most heavily taxed items in normal stores. Duty-free stores also often carry makeup, perfume, designer purses and shoes, electronics, and jewelry, but these items are not always priced better in a duty-free shop than in a regular store, so do your research before you buy. But if you’re in these eight destinations, shop away — the duty-free bargains are worth it.