Which 2018 Easter showbags are the best value for money?

Posted: 8 March 2018 9:00 am

With a return on investment of over 3000%, one of these showbags could be the best investment you ever make.

The annual Sydney Royal Easter Show snuck up on us this year; it's only two weeks away! So you know what else is only two weeks away? Showbags. This year's show promises to be a showbag-extravaganza, with over 400 of them on offer ranging from just $2 to $30.

If the showbags are the main reason you attend the festival each year (don't worry, you're not alone), you'd be forgiven for having a bit of a panic attack right now. So many showbags, so little time to choose. Well, I'm not going to bore you by listing each bag's contents (because, 400... ) but I am going to tell you which bags offer the best value for money. Because here at finder saving you money, from your home loan to your Easter showbag, is what we do best.

The greatest showbags you'll ever meet

Following on from last year's selection, the best value showbags are without a doubt those offered by the magazines. Once again the top spot goes to the Australian Women's Weekly showbag which costs only $18 and contains over $600 worth of goodies. That's a return on investment of more than 3000%.

Similarly, the ELLE showbag will set you back $25, but you'll receive over $700 worth of products in return. The Better Homes & Gardens showbag costs just $16 for $168 worth of items which, while pale in comparison to the previous two, still boasts a return on investment of 955%. Good luck getting that sort of return investing in shares or commodities any time soon.

The showbag that's in third place on the value-for-money chart is one of just three bags in the top 10 that's not a magazine: the Skylanders Supercharger showbag. This video game showbag will cost you one crisp $5 note and houses $55 worth of merchandise.

Below is a table of the top ten showbags with the best return on investment for 2018's Easter Show.

And, the worst...

In line with last year, the worst value for money showbags are those targeted at the children; the lollies and sweets bags. While they're cheap, most of them offer no better value for your money compared to just buying the products at the supermarket.

The worst-value showbag is the Killer Python bag, selling for $5 and containing $4.75 worth of product. That's right, you're actually losing money by buying this bag. The second-worst performer is the Nerds showbag, priced at $5 for exactly $5 worth of the delicious small balls of coloured sugar. This bag may not be an investment you run home to tell your friends about, but at least you're breaking even.

Below is a table of the ten showbags with the worst return on investment for 2018's Easter Show.

finder.com.au’s Sydney 2018 Royal Easter Show ticket savings tips:

  • Buy before 22 March. If you buy your ticket online before 22 March you'll pay $37 for an Adult, compared to $42.50 after this date.
  • Buy online during the show. If you don't get a ticket before 22 March, don't fret. You'll still only pay $39 for an adult ticket if you purchase it online rather than at the gate.
  • Pre-purchase tickets at Woolies. If you pre-purchase your ticket at a participating Woolworths store, you'll also save some cash. Adult tickets will cost you $39, compared to $42.50, concession tickets will cost $29 rather than $23 and children's tickets will cost $24 instead of $26.50.
  • Buy a Twilight Ticket. If you're keen to attend after 4pm, you'll pay just $31 for an adult ticket and $10 for a child.

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