Friday, June 5, 2015

Shopping for Deals in Euros

The euro is lower than its been for years, which means that shopping overseas is cheaper than ever. This is the first time Americans can take advantage of a strong dollar since e-commerce has become commonplace. Below is an overview of European sales from which you could take advantage.



Farfetch
If you could create the largest shopping mall in the world comprised of only luxury boutiques it would look something like Farfetched. The site is comprised of more than 300 fashion boutiques from Europe and North America. Right now, the site is offering up to 40% off. A Stella McCartney clutch is $354 from a store in Italy but is still $120 more at Neiman Marcus. Another boutique in Rome has this Dolce & Gabbana polka dot Sicily tote for $1326 while its $100 more at Neiman Marcus.

Forzieri
The Florence-based site is hosting a spring pre-sale where select merchandise is discounted up to 50% off. This MCM rabbit print tambourine bag comes to $470. Shopbop's price is still $650. Before checking out, always search for coupons. You can usually save an extra 25% if you can find a good code.

Italist
You know that rainbow Valentino tote that we've been lusting over since we saw it on the runway almost a year ago? Italist, the Italian luxury eboutique, has it for $952. That's more than half of the retail price and $300 less than we can find it in the US. The site is interesting in that it floats the currency, which means prices change as the currency changes. For example, last week when the dollar was even stronger, the same bag was $846. Check out this Fendi Peekaboo in a gorgeous black and white. The bag rarely goes on sale in the US but you can save $1000 here.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do you know if we get VAT back when purchasing from these sites? How are taxes calculated? Thanks!

Lila Delilah said...

VAT has already been deducted from most prices and local state tax differs among sites.