The word on the Champs Elysees is that a whole host of luxury goods are actually cheaper in Paris, including the much-coveted Chanel handbag collection. But, is this true?
In short, yes, Chanel bags can be bought more cheaply in Paris, as well as a number of other luxury goods from other French brands.
How does this work?
Why Are Chanel Bags Cheaper In Paris?
European brands will always be cheaper in Europe than in the USA, because they aren’t sold with the same import taxes and inflated rates attached to the price tag to account for the price of getting them into the country to sell to the US market. So, that means that not only will that Chanel bag you’ve had your eye on be cheaper there than in the US, but so will anything from Hermes, Louis Vuitton, or Dolce & Gabbana.
Basically, any brand that manufactures their goods in Europe, will be cheaper in Europe. By that rationale, of course, any brands that manufacture their goods in the US will be more expensive in Europe, whether it’s in London, Paris, or Milan.
Even better, in Paris there are guaranteed bi-annual sales, meaning that if you visit the City of Love around either the last Wednesday of June or the second Wednesday of January, you can be sure to make even bigger savings on some of your favourite products from the world’s biggest luxury brands.
However, it’s important to remember that many iconic products, such as the classic Birkin by Hermes, never go on sale because of their popularity. That isn’t to say that you won’t discover something new and exciting on sale: it’s worth a visit for any shopaholic.
What Are The Conditions?
Of course, these perks of being able to get cheaper Chanel handbags in Paris is only really beneficial to non-EU citizens on holiday there, as the products will be cheaper than in your home country. Even better, if you’re a non-EU citizen you are eligible for a tax refund on the VAT.
If you find yourself spending more than €175.01 in one day at one store, and have your passport with you at time of purchase to prove that you’re not an EU citizen, you can get the tax of the luxury item you’re buying refunded to you, as long as you’re not staying in France for any longer than six months and are over the age of 15.
For all of you readers who live outside of Europe, you definitely can get Chanel handbags cheaper in Paris. And, it doesn’t stop there, as you can fill your boots with European luxury products for less than if you purchased them in your home country. Think about it, the money you save on the tax of the Chanel handbag could pay for your flight to Paris. Who doesn’t love a free holiday?