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How much better are the prices in Italy compared to the US?

How much better are the prices in Italy compared to the US?

Old Jul 15th, 2001, 09:35 AM
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Jodi
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How much better are the prices in Italy compared to the US?

Wondering if anyone knows what the price difference is between shoes in Florence at the Prada store and here in the U.S. I looked at some shoes last week and they are about $300 or so here. Since we are leaving for Italy this week I didn't want to buy anything and figured I could get them there. Any idea as to the prices there?

Appreciate your responses.

Jodi
 
Old Jul 15th, 2001, 12:08 PM
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Jodi, I can't answer you exactly but I think that they should be around 400 to 500 thousand lire or about $200 to $250. Everything should be less expensive given the strong dollar, but every price you see in Italy includes the value-added tax (IVA), which is 20 percent. A rule of thumb, however, is that you will dollar for lire, get a better price in Italy on some goods such as shoes.
 
Old Jul 15th, 2001, 01:15 PM
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While in Rome I looked at some Prada shoes - they were similar to the prices here in NYC. Clothes on the other hand were much less in Rome than in NYC. A shirt I bought in Rome for around $65 went for $165 here in NYC. As for Florence specifically - I don't know. As for buying here or there - buy them there. They'll be a nice reminder of Italy.
 
Old Jul 18th, 2001, 10:07 PM
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Thanks Mark and Sara for the advice. I think I will take you up on your advice, Mark and buy them there. Nothing like bringing some clothes and shoes to remember Italy by. I am sure I will have much more than shopping to do there but it will be fun for a day or so.
Jodi
 
Old Jul 19th, 2001, 12:01 PM
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I checked out numerous shoes while in Italy recently, and it seemed that the prices were comparable to what we pay in the US. The handbags, however, are a great deal. Check out the "not quite world famous" Italian brands like Furla and Simone- beautiful bags at very reasonable prices (less than $100US).
 
Old Jul 21st, 2001, 07:35 PM
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I'd also like to know.
 
Old Jul 21st, 2001, 08:11 PM
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Beth Anderson
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Furla! Furla! Furla!

Spend your leather dollar in Florence. You wouldn't believe the number of leather goods stores there....
 

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