Post # 1
Hi bees, I thought i’d share how i plan to save literally hundreds on my Loubies!!
Did a bit of research, wen to the flagship store, have chose the stye I wanted. The entry price to a pair of shoes is with the ‘Classic Pumps’ In Aus they are $695 (AUS$).
I had a look on US sites & they appear to be over $700 (US$).
Then I enquired in the UK & guess what – 375quid! ($550AUD). But it gets better – if you are a non resident purchasing in the country, you can claim the VAT (tax) on your departure at the airport – that’s 20%!! They would come down to 300quid = $450AUD – now that’s a saving of $250!!
Lucky for me i have some friends visiting the UK who are happy to bring them back for me!
Here they are…for shoe porn purposes..
Post # 3
That’s awesome – thanks for sharing!
Way too many hoops for me to jump through on a regular basis but I will keep this in mind when I visit London this year.
Post # 4
This VAT return business applies to ALL purchases! Think Tiffany’s …. & all the rest…
When purchasing mention your intention & they will give you a form of some sort to take to the airport.
Post # 5
@Nic01: DAMMIT! I just got back from London over Christmas… wah, wish I could convince DH to bring me some but I can’t see that happening lol
Well done you!
Post # 6
Love it!! I don’t own a pair, but the way how I got my first LV bag was using gift cards saved up from credit card reward points. I use citibank and they have a pretty good credit card system. I usually shop groceries, gas and other random purchases here and there.
After a year, I was able to accumulate $400 worth of giftcards. You can choose from Macy’s, Saks etc. I ended up choosing all in Saks (which has Loubies) and the LV store in Saks accepts Saks GCs, and I’m sure other stores in Saks accept them too.
Post # 7
Just wanted to add about claiming the VAT back. I used to work for Le Creuset (in the UK) and we had a lot of people buying stuff and taking it home (overseas) and wanted to claim the tax back. We didn’t actually carry the forms for you to fill in but I believe you can pick them up at the post office if you need one!