The most expensive item in Heathrow’s duty-free

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  • DannyBoy
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    An interesting story popped up on my phone’s story feed this evening which I thought of a share with you all.

    In short, it is a bottle of Bowmore scotch whisky. Part of the 50-Year-Old Vaults Series is one of the world’s rarest whiskies and is priced at a whopping £36,350.

    The journalist quite rightly points out “who is making an impulse buy of this proportion? Perhaps someone who is very tired from traveling, who has a long layover, who isn’t thinking straight and reads the label as £36.

    Or perhaps someone who really likes whisky. So much so they’re willing to spend more on a bottle than it costs for a whole holiday (or ten).”

    Now I know LHR is classed as a very poor airport but when reviewing some of the stores you would think are walking through Harrods, Knightsbridge.

    Bottega Veneta
    Burberry
    Bulgari
    Chanel
    Louis Vutton
    Prada
    Rolex

    I remember Jeremy Clarkson going through Standsted a few years ago and filming a rant about everything wrong with airports and this article has just highlighted it.

    https://www.getreading.co.uk/whats-on/shopping/i-looked-most-expensive-item-24503130

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    AdamMarley
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    Well that’s the first I’ve heard about Heathrow being a poor airport. Most opinions I’ve heard on the topic are about Heathrow being a shopping centre with a runway attached


    DavidSmith2
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    Heathrow being a shopping centre with a runway attached

    I think that’s exactly why it’s poor. Way too many ‘pointless’ shops which have minimal footfall. The airport would be half the size (and the gates and lounges would be considerably nearer) if you could get rid of 75% oft the shops and 50% of the food outlets…..I wish!

    All that 95% of travellers want are a Duty Free, WHSmiths, a Boots, a pub, a coffee shop and a couple of restaurants.

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    esselle
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    Heathrow being a shopping centre with a runway attached

    I think that’s exactly why it’s poor. Way too many ‘pointless’ shops which have minimal footfall. The airport would be half the size (and the gates and lounges would be considerably nearer) if you could get rid of 75% oft the shops and 50% of the food outlets…..I wish!

    All that 95% of travellers want are a Duty Free, WHSmiths, a Boots, a pub, a coffee shop and a couple of restaurants.

    Sadly, the business model of LHR (and most large airports around the world) relies heavily on the rental income generated by their concessions programmes. Get rid of the shops and restaurants, and that money will have to be found somewhere else, be it car parking, passenger “levies” etc.

    The Rolex shop in T4 was once cited as the second busiest Rolex store in the UK based on the number of pieces sold.


    Wildrover
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    The days of Heathrow being a shopping centre attached to a runway are limited. There is no longer any tax free shopping at Heathrow, with Johnson’s Govt, post BREXIT, eliminating tax free sales. the Rolex staff have said their business has dried up to absolutely zero, even if they could get stock, nobody is buying it!!

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