Buying Cartier Cheap While Traveling

ladybug333

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Tax is included in the price in Europe. The tax refund % depends on the individual country, E.g Germany is 19%, France is 20%. You should also factor in fees incurred when going through the refund process which is ~5%. Also mention prices vary from country to country (I noted that prices in Portugal are higher than Germany) so best to check on the country’s website.
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ladybug333

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Well, considering the amounts I shared above, if you bought it in Portugal and got a VAT refund, it would be about $7,100 after the refund. If you bought the same bracelet in California, it would be roughly $7,900 with tax. So it's a fairly big difference, no?
 

nicole0612

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Well, considering the amounts I shared above, if you bought it in Portugal and got a VAT refund, it would be about $7,100 after the refund. If you bought the same bracelet in California, it would be roughly $7,900 with tax. So it's a fairly big difference, no?
Remember you will pay customs fees when you re-enter the USA, so that will add a bit back on.
 
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Well, considering the amounts I shared above, if you bought it in Portugal and got a VAT refund, it would be about $7,100 after the refund. If you bought the same bracelet in California, it would be roughly $7,900 with tax. So it's a fairly big difference, no?

Here’s my issue - it’s the going through customs with waaay over the 800 individual /1600 couple + 800 per child limit on tax free goods that causes me to sweat when going through customs on arriving back into the states. Sometimes I think it’s not worth the money you save.
 
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