Balenciaga in Paris & Rome?

stl

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Jan 28, 2008
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I am normally just lurking around, but I need your help here. I will be going to France and Italy for vacation soon. So I was thinking of getting a black City bag as a souvenir (I have this habit of buying designer bags whenever I go on vacation).

What's the price for a city (not giant hardware) in Paris? Or Rome? And do you actually recommend getting it there?

Thanks in advance guys.
 

French75

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Jan 25, 2010
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Yes it's an excellent idea because they are usually cheaper here (bags France & Italy have the same prices I think), well.. depending of the exchange rate and where you live of course. A RH city is 995 EUR (which is today 1294 USD with a EUR/USD at 1.30). The euro has strengthen since a few weeks but is still well lower than last year (it would have cost almost 1500 USD last year)
 

xoxomint

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Oct 24, 2009
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Email both boutiques to see if the bag you want is available. If it is in both places, get it in your last city of departure so you can get cash back from the VAT refund at the airport. I was in milan and London earlier this month and London was my last stop. I was not able to get cash back on the items I bought from milan because whatever machine they needed in order for me to get cash back was broken so the VAT refund will be credited to my credit card which can take weeks. And my sister never got her refund from Chanel and it's been over two years so I'm hoping that won't happen to me.
 

fatcat2523

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It happens to me when I was in London 3 years ago...I mail all my recipts to get VAT refunds back to my credit card and I never receive it back...so make sure you get your refund back at the airport!
 

stl

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Jan 28, 2008
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I think so, yes. I was buying a Miu Miu in Printemps, then I went to their Balenciaga corner, but they had the city in green only. Plus the SA weren't too helpful either. I was so sad. But it turned out there's a Balenciaga in Gallerie Laffayete, and this one had a whole selection of colors to offer. I was torn between a black one and beige one. But went for the black.

Aso for VAT refund, they say it's 12% but at the airport you will get something like 10.8% back only. Not sure why. It was still a good deal.

Here's a picture of mine!!! I love love it. It's my first B-bag too, and I am so happy I got from Paris. It's a good souvenir.
 

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