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designer handbags cheaper in Rome than USA

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designer handbags cheaper in Rome than USA

I am touring Italy in July. I was wondering if it is worth it to buy a Gucci, LV, or Prada handbag while we are in Rome. Do they carry styles than are not available in the US? Also, is there tax? Thanks.

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12. Re: designer handbags cheaper in Rome than USA

Hey centralNJBeachmom3,

This is a bit late - but it might help other people!!

I was going to London from Sydney, stopping in Dubai and I wanted to know at which point is cheapest to get my perfume (Miss Dior Cherie) ... so I had a look at this site:

dutyfreeaddict.com/search#/uk/fragrances

Which is awesome - because its heaps cheaper in the UK!!

If you want to know about allowances and tax stuff there is a page too: http://dutyfreeaddict.com/about-tax

So I know that's not a handbag, but they have handbags on there to so you can just have a look.

Hope that helps someone :)

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Thanks!!!

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I was told that you had to show not only your VAT paperwork and receipts, but also the items purchased. We shopped for clothing one day and spent over $400 in one store. I had all the paperwork, but packed the clothes. The airline attendant who checked us in at the airport said that I would need to show my purchases. Thus, I didn't receive the refund.

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Yes, it is a condition of the refund that you should be able to show the items in its original packaging.

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There's a good description of VAT refund scheme on here www.whyrome.info/italy_vat_refund_76.html - except for one glaring error in presentation! It says "Non-EU citizens are not required to pay the built in VAT tax and are entitled to receive a refund from the tax they pay on goods and merchandise": in fact, this has nothing to do with the nationality of the purchaser and everything to do with the fact that goods are being EXPORTED out of the EU, in this case in the personal baggage of a traveller who will normally be resident outside the EU (but need not have non-EU citizenship). You can always have goods zero-rated for VAT (and excise duty) purposes if they are shipped directly from Italy to e.g. USA - although of course parcels may then be liable to customs duty and other charges in the country of importation.

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In Rome, other than the retail stores for Gucci, etc, can you find their merchandise in other stores? I remember going into a department store, it may have been named Coin, but I don't recall if there was any merchandise from the designer brands. I like going on smaller boutiques. My first trip to Rome I was focused on sight seeing, I'm planning on a bit more shopping this time. I want to have a plan though, there are still sights to see!

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18. Re: designer handbags cheaper in Rome than USA

To poster #13, of course you can pack your purchases, the trick is to go to the VAT desk BEFORE you check in and if need be you can show the items to the inspector. In all the 20 or so trips we have made out of Europe, never yet been asked to show anything, and we have had a lot of purchases each time.

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