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24-01-2005
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Meg
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Thats weird, if you just go around the corner on rue st.george the store was still open when I was there and the big suitcase was just covering what they were working on in the new store. I found the bags to be slightly cheaper in the Paris boutique but regards to taxes, there is an LV in Heathrow non? I can't remember all of a sudden for some reason. I know there is definately Gucci and Chanel. For some reason it never clicked that I wouldn't have to pay taxes on bags there.

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Thats weird, if you just go around the corner on rue st.george the store was still open when I was there and the big suitcase was just covering what they were working on in the new store. I found the bags to be slightly cheaper in the Paris boutique but regards to taxes, there is an LV in Heathrow non? I can't remember all of a sudden for some reason. I know there is definately Gucci and Chanel. For some reason it never clicked that I wouldn't have to pay taxes on bags there.
I don't think heathrow Terminal 4 has an LV (I was there a few at the end of December). I remember that there was one in Orly (Paris) a few years back...don't know if there still is. I find many duty frees to be even more expensive than "High Street" stores much of the time. Be careful about checking the prices....
About taxes - why don't you do Tax free? All non EU citizens have the right to take the VAT (taxes) back once the purchased article leaves the EU. You fill out a form in the store, and get a customs stamp at the airport of departure...and you get about 12% of what you paid back (it varies slightly from country to country).

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24-01-2005
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yeah it is cheapter to buy the LV bags anywhere in europe. When i went this past summer my mom was eyeing the mini mongram and everywhere she went it was the same price on the tag. but you save on the taxes. i think it was 13% at gucci and 12% at LV. but you should definately buy in europe. dont' buy in the UK because it is super expensive. so basically you save on the taxes. My mom got the Mini Monogram Lucille and it was i think 750usd or something but she saved almost 80usd bucks.

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26-01-2005
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I bought an Alma bag last year in Paris and while it is not much cheaper (lux import taxes and sales taxes make up the difference in price) the shopping experience is unlike any other. At the flagship LV store you are served wine/champagne and treated like a VIP and basically have your own personal shopper who offers assistance in a low key way and is not pushy. If you buy a bag there you should fill out a tax form that allows you to get back the sales tax you paid (you can elect to receive cash at the airport or have it credited to your charge card). When I left France I got back several hundred $ that I had paid in taxes.

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06-06-2008
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I know my post is very VERY late but people visiting france, have this in mind. You can request TAX FREE and you get about 12% back on your LV purchase, making your purchase a lot cheaper than it already is. For LV prices in France you can check their e-shopping site.

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