Are Louis Vuitton Bags Cheaper In Europe? (Jan 2023)
Last update: 4/1/2023
If you are ready to pamper yourself with a new Louis Vuitton bag, this article might help you to save hundreds of dollars when purchasing your Louis Vuitton item. Be a smart shopper!
Louis Vuitton bag prices differ from country to country. We took the most popular styles and compared the prices on local websites for the USA and Europe.
An important point before we proceed is that all European countries have the same pricing. While buying in France, the homeland of the renowned trunk maker, may entail a lot of excitement, in terms of prices it's actually no different from buying in Germany or Spain.
Our comparison currency will be USD, so we assume that you are in the US looking to either buy a luxury Louis Vuitton bag either at home or in the regions mentioned.
This article was written in September 2022 and the exchange rate at that time was the following:
1 EUR = 0.99 USD
To simplify the task, we assume that the EUR prices can be equally converted to USD (1,000 € = $1,000).
There will be some conversion commissions as well so that's not the final price but you can refer to these prices as an overall picture.
For more information on the current Louis Vuitton prices, please refer to the following materials:
Now let's compare the prices for the most popular Louis Vuitton styles.
Is Louis Vuitton Neverfull Cheaper in France?
Louis Vuitton Neverfull is almost 40% cheaper in France than in the US. Below is the detailed calculation of the savings you might get by shopping in Europe.
Here's the price comparison table for a Neverfull tote, demonstrating US pricing against the prices in Europe.
|Handbag||2022-2023 US Price||2022-2023 EU Price|
|Louis Vuitton Canvas Neverfull PM||$1,960 (USD)||1 450€|
|Louis Vuitton Canvas Neverfull MM||$2,030 (USD)||1 500€|
|Louis Vuitton Canvas Neverfull GM||$2,100 (USD)||1 550€|
|Louis Vuitton Monogram Empreinte Neverfull MM||$2,710 (USD)||2 000€|
In 2022-23, a Neverfull MM is $2,030 in the US, while in France and Europe it's only 1 500€. Let's not forget that in the US you'll also have to pay sales tax, which means the purchase will be at least 5% more expensive over retail prices, which makes the total price $2,130.
It turns out that a brand new Neverfull is only 1,500€, or $1,500 in France!
It gets better. By shopping as a tourist, you're entitles to a VAT return, which realistically will be around 10%, or $150.
All in all, a Neverfull in France will cost you only $1,350, versus $2,130 in the US. By shopping in Europe you're saving $800, or about 40% of its price!
Is Louis Vuitton Onthego Cheaper in Europe?
Louis Vuitton Onthego is 30% cheaper in Europe. Scroll down to see a thorough calculation.
Let's repeat the trick with another very famous tote, Onthego.
|Handbag||2022-2023 US Price||EU|
|Louis Vuitton Reverse Monogram Canvas Onthego MM||$3,100 (USD)||2 300€|
|Louis Vuitton Reverse Monogram Canvas Onthego GM||$3,250 (USD)||2 400€|
|Louis Vuitton Monogram Empreinte Onthego PM||$3,250 (USD)||2 400€|
|Louis Vuitton Monogram Empreinte Onthego MM||$3,400 (USD)||2 500€|
|Louis Vuitton Monogram Empreinte Onthego GM||$3,500 (USD)||2 600€|
Take Louis Vuitton Onthego GM in Monogram Reverse Canvas. It's $3,250 in the US. With tax, it'll turn to be at least $3,412.
In Europe, the same purse is 2 400€ (approximately $2,400 in USD). With a VAT refund, the price declines even further, totaling at $2,280.
The total savings are $1,132, or around 30% of the tote's price.
Again, there's a striking price difference.
Is Louis Vuitton Dauphine Cheaper in Europe?
Louis Vuitton Dauphine is about 40% cheaper in France and Europe than in the United States.
Here's the US vs EU price comparison table.
|Handbag||2022-2023 US Price||EU|
|Louis Vuitton Reverse Monogram Canvas Dauphine chain wallet||$2,360 (USD)||1,750€|
|Louis Vuitton Reverse Monogram Canvas Mini Dauphine||$3,400 (USD)||2,500€|
|Louis Vuitton Reverse Monogram Canvas Dauphine MM||$3,800 (USD)||2,800€|
Louis Vuitton Dauphine MM is 2,800€ in Europe vs $3,800 in the US.
With tax, it gets closer to the $4,000. With a tax refund in mind, you might only pay around $2,500 for this precious purse.
You savings might reach $1,500, or 40% of its US retail price!
Louis Vuitton Speedy Price Comparison US vs EU
Louis Vuitton Speedy bags are almost 30% cheaper in Europe.
Here is the price comparison between US and EU Speedy prices. Even with all the currency conversion rates involved, it's pretty obvious that Louis Vuitton bags are cheaper in Europe.
|Speedy handbag||2022-2023 US Price||EU|
|Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Speedy 25 Bag||$1,490||1 100€|
|Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Speedy 30 Bag||$1,550||1 150€|
|Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Speedy 35 Bag||$1,620||1 200€|
|Louis Vuitton My LV Heritage Speedy 25 Bag||$1,890||1 400€|
|Louis Vuitton My LV Heritage Speedy 30 Bag||$1,960||1 450€|
|Louis Vuitton My LV Heritage Speedy 35 Bag||$2,030||1 500€|
|Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Speedy Bandouliere 25 Bag||$1,820||1 350€|
|Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Speedy Bandouliere 30 Bag||$1,890||1 400€|
|Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Speedy Bandouliere 35 Bag||$1,960||1 400€|
Louis Vuitton Multipochette bag US vs EU Price Comparison
You can refer to the Louis Vuitton Multi-Pochette Guide for a detailed calculation.
How Much Cheaper Are Louis Vuitton Bags in France?
Is Louis Vuitton Cheaper in Rome?
The prices of the French designer bag company are the same across Europe. So all the prices in France are also valid for Italy. The only thing that might be different is VAT refund amount. It differs slightly across all EU countries, however, both France and Italy have a VAT of 20% so no difference here.
How To Get a VAT Refund
Despite what you have read in our blog, you'll hear that VAT refund is around 20%. It means you can get 20% of the price you paid back provided that you're not a European resident.
However, the real amount you get back is different from the stated tax due to commissions and currency exchange. The real figure you get back will be 10-14% depending on the country. This figure comes from experience (we used to shop in Europe a lot :)
Louis Vuitton offers VAT refund everywhere in Europe. To get it, follow these simple steps.
- When you're at Louis Vuitton's checkout with your dream bag, tell the Sales Assistant that you would like to get a VAT refund.
- They will ask for your data and either fill in the documents straight away, or they will give you the Tax Free form with an envelope, filling in all the information they have to provide.
- When you get back to the hotel, make sure that al the fields are filled it and you indicated the way you would like to receive your VAT refund back (it can be either card or cash)
- Before going to the airport, make sure you have the item, its receipt and papers readily available. Do not pack any of these with your luggage. You may be asked to demonstrate the actual item.
- When you get to the airport, look for the 'VAT refund' sign and follow the directions.
- As soon as you reach the 'VAT refund' counter, show them the papers and the receipt. They may ask you do show the item you purchased, although that doesn't happen too often.
- A lot of airports currently have self-service VAT refund post boxes. If you see any of these, just drop the envelope with the tax refund papers and within several weeks you'll get your VAT refund back to the credit card, which you used to pay for your item.
Where Are New Louis Vuitton Bags the Cheapest?
If two years ago when I first wrote this article, UK was a clear winner offering an opportunity to score a bag with 20-25% discount from the US retail price, now with the latest price increases all EU prices are more or less the same. Depending on the price of the bag, you can save from 20% to 40% if you buy an LV bag in Europe.
Please be aware that the EU has the same pricing policy, so the price is exactly the same in France, Spain or Italy. What's different is your VAT refund, but the difference is not huge (11% vs 13%, for instance).
If your vacation is already booked in Europe, why not bring home these beauties at a reduced price? The more expensive is the bag, the better is the refund :)
And I do understand Asian people who take an extra suitcase for the Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Hermes bags when visiting Europe! Look at the price difference for Artsy Empreinte! What a nice discount!
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