Cheapest Country To Buy Designer Bags
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Most countries around the world have a selection of outlet malls (ex.: BrandsVice.com) where you can pick up a designer handbag for a fraction of the cost, and many people flock to these places to find the cheapest designer purses.
Europe has long been seen as one of the best places to bag a bargain on designer items from handbags to dresses, and shoes to earrings. According to Vogue, who knows a thing or two about fashion, the cheapest designer bags can be found in the UK, France and Germany.
Luxury designers are well aware that shoppers travel to Europe in order to secure bags at lower prices. There have been attempts to curb this practice in recent years through price harmonization across different regions.
Whether you have booked a weekend away in Paris, a week in Dubai, or simply staying put at home in London; we explore which country is the best and cheapest place to buy a Chanel bag in 2022.
Among all countries, including developing countries where Adidas is manufactured, India is the cheapest country to buy a pair of Adidas shoes, followed by Indonesia, Russia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.
Updated August 2019As the Euro and US currencies are almost at par, it has now become much more lucrative to travel to Europe to buy a luxury bag. Below is a price comparison between purchasing a designer bag in a Euro country versus the US (New York for example). Since the cost savings are much larger people should take advantage while you still can. The savings for a Chanel Jumbo is almost 28% percent off, see comparison below.
Hong Kong is a major gateway to China. Many first-time visitors to China join an organized tour for excursions to the mainland, though it's certainly easy enough to do on your own. Avid shoppers with a sense of adventure may want to make a day trip across the border to Shenzhen, where fake designer watches and handbags are sold for a song. Two caveats, however, for would-be shoppers: The cost of visas for some nationals, including Americans, is so high that it cancels out bargains on goods; and pirated goods are illegal in many countries, including the United States. Frankly, I've never understood the desire for fake goods, but I do love shopping for fun accessories, and there are plenty of nondesigner purses, watches, and other goods as well.
If you're planning a 1-day trip to China, your destination will be either Shenzhen or Guangzhou. Shenzhen (www.shenzhentour.com), located across the Hong Kong-China border, was established in the 1980s as one of China's first Special Economic Zones. Today, this experiment with capitalism looks almost like Hong Kong with its 14 million people, concrete high-rises, traffic, industries, pollution, and relative prosperity. It's a shopping mecca for day-trippers who come for fake designer handbags, watches, and other goods at prices much cheaper than in Hong Kong. However, the HK$1,180 minimum Americans now pay for a visa makes shopping in Shenzhen no longer a bargain. Shenzhen is also known for its many theme parks.
After going through Customs, you can walk across the border into Shenzhen. Just across the border from Lo Wu is a huge shopping mall called Luohu Commercial City (also called Lo Wu Shopping Mall by tour agencies), with five floors of tiny shops selling a bewildering amount of inexpensively priced handbags, shoes, watches, jewelry, clothing (including Chinese padded jackets), and bolts of cloth. As for imitation designer bags and pirated DVDs, Chinese officials have cracked down on counterfeit goods (half the fake goods seized by U.S. Customs agents come from China, which should give would-be purchasers pause as well). That is not to say that such goods are unavailable. When I agreed, at a shopkeeper's insistence, to look at imitation handbags, I was whisked to a concealed backroom closet with rows and rows of bags. In a tiny electronics shop, the owner closed all his doors and sent his assistant scurrying up a concealed hole in the drop ceiling to retrieve pirated DVDs (don't bother buying DVDs -- most of the time they aren't fully copied or they don't work). Several salons offer combination manicures and pedicures for as little as HK$40, but lack of hygienic conditions may discourage most tourists from giving them a whirl. In any case, bargaining is the name of the game, and because there are no ATMs around, bring plenty of HK dollars. You should also guard your belongings against pickpockets. Shops are open daily from 10am to 10pm. 781b155fdc