A shopper has revealed what he believes are the biggest wastes of money this Christmas as Aussies trade notes on the worst gift choices.
He said his ‘biggest pet peeve’ was when people bought Johnnie Walker Blue Label – a whiskey created using the rarest casks in House of Walker.
The variety, which costs $341 at Dan Murphys, is described as an ‘exquisite blend of vanilla, honey and rose petals’ rumoured to have aged between 28 and 60 years.
However, the man disagreed saying it had an ‘unremarkable’ taste.
‘It’s a scam to recycle all the old whisky that has aged so much that they have lost their flavour. Don’t fall for it. Even black label is better,’ he said on Reddit.
He took the same approach for luxury vodka.
Aussies have shared the items they believe are the biggest waste of money as shoppers scramble to buy last-minute Christmas presents (pictured, Johnnie Walker Blue Label)
A man took to Reddit to vent his frustration about the five gifts he believes Aussies should avoid purchasing this festive season (pictured, Grey Goose vodka)
‘Apart from exotic flavours or African moonshine, all vodka is basically ethanol and water, triple distilled to remove any adulterants. Nobody can reliably pick out the grey goose from the Russian standard. I guarantee it,’ he said.
A bottle of Grey Goose vodka can cost up to $100 while Russian varieties are cheaper at $30 to $40 a bottle.
He also warned shoppers to steer clear from expensive underwear.
‘In my experience their sizing is weird and they’re not all that much better quality than Bonds. I get that some people want to wear $200 logo tees, but nobody will see your undies except the missus, and she doesn’t care,’ he said.
A three-pack of Calvin Klein or Polo Ralph Lauren briefs can cost more than $100 while Bonds underwear is more affordable at about $45 for a pack.
The fourth item the man declared a ‘waste of money’ was health supplements that contained ‘superfoods’ including ginseng, probiotics and açai berry.
He said there was no proof that most of the products work.
‘In the case of the latter there are many ordinary foods that are rich in antioxidants. You’re paying more for the same result,’ he said.
Finally, the man urged shoppers to avoid branded fragrances and instead take the time to find dupes for luxury bottles.
‘The markup on these things are something like 10000% on cost of production. Do yourself a favour and research dupes. Save hundreds of dollars,’ he said.
‘Sure, they may last a bit shorter and have worse sillage. Very few people notice.’
The popular women’s fragrance Chanel ‘Chance’ costs $190 while Sauvage by Dior which features Johnny Depp in its ad campaign is $145 a bottle.
The man urged shoppers to avoid branded fragrances and instead take the time to find dupes for luxury bottles which can cost hundreds of dollars
The man also warned shoppers to steer clear from expensive underwear and supplements
Aussies were quick to share their thoughts on the five gifts, with many agreeing that expensive underwear wasn’t worth the money.
‘On the expensive underwear note, I bought step ones because I was chafing literally every day. I haven’t had chafe since so worth the cost,’ one said.
‘I went from Tom Ford to StepOne for my underwear. Couldn’t be happier with the economics and comfort,’ a second wrote.
‘Lol wrapping paper is the biggest waste,’ a third commented, to which another replied: ‘Don’t even get me started on the cost of cards’.
But others disagreed with his advice on booze.
‘Vodkas can have a certain distinct taste depending on grains and brands, I can definitely tell the difference.’
Another said: ‘I agree that you can find better deals, and unbranded / lesser known brands give you the same experience cheaper, but don’t forget sometimes a brand has power and means something to someone – even if in just the gesture itself of saying “I spent money to get the brand to signal your worth to me.’
A third added: ‘Alcohol, underwear, fragrances are often items you give as gifts. It is not a waste of money to buy the good stuff for your friends and family! You get what you pay for.’
Another said: ‘The taste between Smirnoff and grey goose is incredibly noticeable, particularly the next morning. The hangover from cheap vodka is noticeably worse.
‘Expensive/purpose made underwear is the difference between chaffing and not chaffing. And for any person who’s has some decent chafe, it isn’t a pleasant experience.’