# Just doing the math on LV prices between Italy and France

#### meeh16

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and based on my calculation, it is cheaper to buy LV in Italy than France for people who resides outside the EU countries and planning to get VAT refund.

VAT refund in Italy is 17% while in France, it is only 12%.

I just realized it when I was looking at my VAT refund calculation. The papillon in France is 20 euro cheaper but if you factor in the vat refund, it is still cheaper to buy in Italy than France

i.e France price is 690 - 12% (82.80) = 607.20 Euro
Italy price is 710 - 17% (120.70) = 589.30 Euro
I know it is just a few euro difference but it is worth it if you are buying high price ticket item.

For those who are visiting both countries and planning on buying LV, know your prices and compare before buying.

Thanks

O.G.
and based on my calculation, it is cheaper to buy LV in Italy than France for people who resides outside the EU countries and planning to get VAT refund.

VAT refund in Italy is 17% while in France, it is only 12%.

I just realized it when I was looking at my VAT refund calculation. The papillon in France is 20 euro cheaper but if you factor in the vat refund, it is still cheaper to buy in Italy than France

i.e France price is 690 - 12% (82.80) = 607.20 Euro
Italy price is 710 - 17% (120.70) = 589.30 Euro
I know it is just a few euro difference but it is worth it if you are buying high price ticket item.

For those who are visiting both countries and planning on buying LV, know your prices and compare before buying.

Thanks
I have my fingers crossed on going to Korea this summer...I'm excited and scared, there is a duty free Louis Vuitton in the airport!

#### golden27

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Normally France is the most expensive LV in Europe so better buy LV in Germany, Italy or elsewhere. In France prices are about 5% higher.

#### roamingnome

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Yes, the prices in Germany seem to be very fair! Especially when compared to the US!

#### jeune_fille

O.G.
^I don't think you could get the full 17% refund in Italy. you will only get 12% because they have like service charge when you do Tax refund. Tax in France is actually 17% but the refund is just 12% because of the service charge. I made a tax a refund from Italy when I went to the outlet in Firenze, and they only gave 12%

#### Wentworth-Roth

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O.G.
^I don't think you could get the full 17% refund in Italy. you will only get 12% because they have like service charge when you do Tax refund. Tax in France is actually 17% but the refund is just 12% because of the service charge. I made a tax a refund from Italy when I went to the outlet in Firenze, and they only gave 12%
Italian tax is 21% since late 2011 or early 2012 so if they deduct 5% as a fee, you should have gotten back 16%.

#### jeune_fille

O.G.
I see.. If that's the case.. I will try that sometime... But Im not going to Italy this year.. only France

#### anielka

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Can someone please confirm the current vat refund for Rome? In Paris I was able to claim back 12%. Is it the same or higher than that? We're heading to Rome next month and i want to buy my next lv bag. Thanks!

#### meeh16

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I believe it is 17%, but definitely higher than France as I bought bags in France & Italy & the Italian VAT refund is definitely higher.

#### anielka

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WOW 17%? that would be amazing! thanks

#### misathumbi

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I thought France's VAT was like 19% or so. Or 20%.

#### caligonmama

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Ohhhh - did you make it to the LV at the Incheon airport? I always give my DH an earlier departure time so we have extra time time in the duty-free shops. They have it all!

I have my fingers crossed on going to Korea this summer...I'm excited and scared, there is a duty free Louis Vuitton in the airport!

#### KylieEmma

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Hi Guys ,

I have always wondered about VAT refunds, any advice on how they work? I am going to Italy in a few weeks time for a holiday and this may have just twisted my arm to go and buy a LV!