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    Default Heathrow Duty Free or Paris?

    Does anyone know if it is better to buy duty free at the Heathrow airport, or in Paris (I will be in both next month). Or since I file for GST back, is it neutral? I don't really understand the pricing in Europe.

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    Default Re: Heathrow Duty Free or Paris?

    Quote Originally Posted by thomsmom View Post
    Does anyone know if it is better to buy duty free at the Heathrow airport, or in Paris (I will be in both next month). Or since I file for GST back, is it neutral? I don't really understand the pricing in Europe.

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    Paris will have more choices then Heathrow and you will file the VAT on your return but you will have to declare the bag and pay duty for it when you come into the USA

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyGal View Post
    Paris will have more choices then Heathrow and you will file the VAT on your return but you will have to declare the bag and pay duty for it when you come into the USA

    Make sure that you have your Passport number with you as you will need it when you fill out the VAT paper work and give yourself extra time when you depart from Paris at the airport as it take a few minutes to get the form filled and mailed

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    Default Re: Heathrow Duty Free or Paris?

    I go to Paris first - so I guess I'll snap something up if I absolutely love it. I'd hate to pass on something and then not find it at Heathrow.

    Curious flygal. If you could by one timeless - gotta have it - Chanel bag. Which would you choose? :-)

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    Default Re: Heathrow Duty Free or Paris?

    Quote Originally Posted by thomsmom View Post
    I go to Paris first - so I guess I'll snap something up if I absolutely love it. I'd hate to pass on something and then not find it at Heathrow.

    Curious flygal. If you could by one timeless - gotta have it - Chanel bag. Which would you choose? :-)
    Well the Flagship store 31 Rue Cambon is the one that will have the most stuff (just don't bring all the Credit cards) Heathrow doesn't usually have a huge selection (they are rather small) but sometimes you can find a different bag.
    As to a bag well you have a flap I will say this loosely as I am not sure when the next price increase will take effect but if I was going to buy a bag I would look at getting a GST tote they run around $3000 unless you get the XL GST then you will fork out $5,000 .... If money is not an issue and you can afford it get a Jumbo bag they can go easily from day to night and are really a great investment... I would also tell you since you have a Lamb flap to go with a Caviar (they hold up much better and you don't have to baby them as much) As for color I would tell you get a color you like, if they have it (colors can be very hard to find as fast as they come in they will be sold)

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    Default Re: Heathrow Duty Free or Paris?

    LOL I was about to add this if you have no issue on how much you spend I would say skip Chanel and go right for the Mother of all stores and Get a Hèrmes while in Paris, but those bags can very easily go well over $10,000

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    Default Re: Heathrow Duty Free or Paris?

    I would suggest Heathrow duty free

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