Traveling to Paris, Italy and London next month.. is there a best place to purchase?

Bellarina

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Our flight from Paris to Italy leaves early so I'm hoping I have time to get VAT's back at the airport. We will visit Milan, Venice, Cinque Terre and Rome in Italy.
 
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Liberty817

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Our flight from Paris to Italy leaves early so I'm hoping I have time to get VAT's back at the airport. We will visit Milan, Venice, Cinque Terre and Rome in Italy.

Probably Paris since it is a French company. LV is the cheapest in France so I am assuming the same. I could be wrong.
 

karrotandkiwi

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Italy has a greater % for tax refunds if I'm not wrong. Not too sure if the retail prices vary according to countries though!

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_lili_

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Our flight from Paris to Italy leaves early so I'm hoping I have time to get VAT's back at the airport. We will visit Milan, Venice, Cinque Terre and Rome in Italy.
Usually, for a French brand, the prices will be lowest in France. However, Saint Laurent unceremoniously stopped paying tax refunds if you buy from their stand alone Paris boutiques (they still process all the paperwork but you just never receive any refund anymore). I would recommend to buy from a department store that stocks SL instead (e.g. Printemps).

If Italy tax refunds are higher than in France, maybe it could be cheaper in Italy, but I would be surprised.
 

_lili_

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Italy has a higher VAT so the refund % might be higher also, but that may not mean your net price will be cheaper than France.
 

Bellarina

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Usually, for a French brand, the prices will be lowest in France. However, Saint Laurent unceremoniously stopped paying tax refunds if you buy from their stand alone Paris boutiques (they still process all the paperwork but you just never receive any refund anymore). I would recommend to buy from a department store that stocks SL instead (e.g. Printemps).

If Italy tax refunds are higher than in France, maybe it could be cheaper in Italy, but I would be surprised.
Thank you for letting me know. Saint Laurent is one of the boutiques I am considering. Disappointing they are treating their clients this way.