Mephisto Shoes in Paris

Apr 25th, 2014, 02:47 PM
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Ackislander: "How many pairs of shoes would I have to buy to make the trip free?"

LOL! But, then you'd be paying duty tax. Smiles.

Happy Travels!
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Apr 25th, 2014, 04:23 PM
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Thanks for the numbers, Sasastro. On reflection, they are much more accurate than mine. I was trying to underestimate my savings to avoid incredulity. I think I paid €235 for a pair of dress shoes once in Sevres-Babylone, but the others ave been much cheaper.
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Apr 26th, 2014, 11:24 AM
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Ackislander: What I do before traveling overseas or about anywhere is try to find the same item that I might be interested in here at home first. If it's clothing or footwear, I start researching prices online on both U.S. websites and overseas websites to get an approximate price. And I disregard the U.S. RETAIL prices on overseas items as I usually get reduced prices on about everything. I also try to try the interested item on before leaving home.

Sometimes the savings, in buying the item overseas, can be substantial. I've been shopping overseas for decades. But, other times, it can be around the same price as at home and I have also found some foreign items to be more overseas than here at home.

If the price is similar, then I buy the item here at home and then that item won't clog up my duty-free tax limit. I do the same here in the U.S. if I'm shopping out of state. If I see an interested item, while out of state, then I try it on for size/fit and then look the item up online before purchasing it. This saved me a bundle a few months ago on a pair of Lucchese cowboy boots. I tried them on in the store, in the state where I was spending time, and then went back to my hotel room and got out my laptop and looked online, for the exact same boots, and found them 30% cheaper . I clicked and had the boots mailed home to my state.

Below is an example of prices being similar of which, if I were personally making this specific purchase, I would do it at home. $191.99 157€/$217.18 for exchange rates

Trying to get the best price can take time and persistence. I had my own personal shopper business, for a year, years ago and did a lot of shopping for folks. The only reason I even started up the business was that so many people kept calling and asking me to look for them different items at a reduced price. And that was before I owned a computer, so I was on borrowed computers and also out keeping an eye open while shopping in various stores.

Good luck with your shopping! Hope you find what you're looking for and at a great price. Smiles.

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May 1st, 2014, 12:41 PM
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Some great replies from you all! I'll have plenty of stores to look for my Mephistos, and most aren't too far to go. Better take several credit cards, though! Thanks, everyone.
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