Cheapest Place To Buy Chanel Bags


A little research shows where you can find the cheapest place to buy your Chanel dream bag. A couple percentage discount is already a few of hundred bucks less and you can use the extra money to buy something else, don’t you agree?

Until today, Chanel has increased their prices every year, but when comparing EU, Asia and US, the cheapest place is still Europe. If you are a NON-EU citizen, you can enjoy a whopping 12% tax advantage. And if not, you can still fly over to Heathrow airport and buy in the tax-free area.

Even if we don’t include the EU tax advantage, it still cheaper to buy in Europe, thanks to currency exchange. The price of a Chanel reissue 226 cost €3,450, while you are paying $4,900 in the US (prices from 2012).

Maybe the price differences has to do with the shipping cost, Chanel bags are made in France, Spain and Italy, but to get into the US or Hong Kong, they need be transported. On the other hand, the extreme high-demand on luxury products in Asia are pulling the prices up, people in Hong Kong are willing to stand in line just to get INTO the Chanel boutique. How amazing is that?

Now that might explain the ridiculous prices in Hong Kong. But for me, I love shopping Chanel in France, especially in Paris. It’s like picking your fruit fresh from the tree. And they have 12 boutiques available, with nice and professionally trained SA’s to assist me. I love Chanel and I love Paris!

UPDATE: You can find the latest information about buying Chanel bags cheaper here.


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  1. Char October 18, 2016 Reply

    Hi just wanna to check if it’s cheaper to get lady Dior Bag in Paris or London?

    • Cynthia October 22, 2016 Reply

      Hi Char, to give you an sample of the price:

      Lady Dior Medium Bag is priced at 2900 GBP in London and 3200 euro in France. Both prices are with VAT.

      In London you get around 391 GBP tax refund, and in France you get 384 euro tax-refund

      The lady Dior Medium Bag price without VAT will be: 2509 GBP in London and 2816 euro in France.

      Now convert these prices to your own currency.

  2. Trina October 16, 2016 Reply

    Hi Cynthia,
    I am a US citizen traveling to London on the 20 of October. I wanted to know if Heathrow sells the large tolue logo shopping tote ? I am also going to Paris for a day so I wanted to know if it would be better and cheaper to buy the bag in Usa, London or Paris.

    • Cynthia October 17, 2016 Reply

      Hi Trina, it’s cheaper to buy in Europe than in the US, here’s an example without tax-refund:

      For example the Medium Classic Flap Bag:
      GBP: 3620 GBP > $4412 USD (converted as per today)
      EUR: 4260 euro > $4680 USD (converted as per today)
      US: 4900 USD

      That is without the tax-refund, so for the GBP and EUR you still need to subtract 12 – 13% tax return.

      At Heathrow its even cheaper due to the tax-free area, you are like 16% cheaper than the retail price of 3620 GBP.

      Heathrow stock seasonal bags, but no iconics. I am not sure which bag you’re referring to, maybe you can upload a pic, but it doesn’t seem like to be an iconic bag, so they should have it there.

  3. Lina October 11, 2016 Reply

    Hello guys!

    I’m living in Dubai.

    I will travel to Maldives on December. Just wanted to know where it is the better price ? Dubai airport ? Male airport ?


    • Cynthia October 13, 2016 Reply

      Hi Lina, I am not sure whether you can buy at Male airport, but I would try at Dubai airport. About the prices, we do not have the prices of these areas.

  4. Miriam October 6, 2016 Reply


    I live in Sweden (part of EU). Where do you think it’s the best place for me to buy a Chanel?
    I am travelling to Shanghai soon, do you have tax I can claim back?
    Do you know? Thank you!

    • Cynthia October 7, 2016 Reply

      Hi Miriam, for Sweden I would say at Heathrow airport tax-free area or other airports with tax-free. For Shanghai, the program of tax-refund is new, but already implemented. Yes you can get tax refund, to give you an indication, the tax-refund is about 10%.

  5. Charlie September 28, 2016 Reply

    Which is cheaper and by ruffly how much

    WOC Chanel in Paris or terminal 3 duty free


  6. Charlie September 28, 2016 Reply

    Excluding the flight costs. Which is cheaper and by ruffly how much to buy WOC Chanel in Paris or at Heathrow Terminal 3

    Thanks 💕

    • Cynthia September 30, 2016 Reply

      Hi Charlie, the latest prices of the WOC in the UK are here:

      We update the prices once they are increased. The price at the Heathrow airport is around 16% cheaper. That is a good estimation for all goods available at the airport. Does this help?

    • Cynthia September 30, 2016 Reply

      Heathrow airport is cheaper than in Paris. In Paris you pay the retail price and get 13% tax-refund while at Heathrow the bags excluded taxes are like 16% cheaper than in the retail stores. And you can only get tax-refund in Paris if you are a non-eu citizen

  7. Aditi September 28, 2016 Reply

    Hi, I live in Paris and I’m a student , I bought a Chanel boy bag ( medium ) from US and it’s almost brand new. I’m willing to sell it a very high discount since I need the money for a trip. We can negotiate, let me know if you’re interested.

    • Wala' October 3, 2016 Reply

      Hi Aditi! I am interested in your bag, and I would like to negotiate it with you. Thank you.

  8. Harry September 21, 2016 Reply

    If we wanna channel bag in Finland he hav pr of Finland so how can he get tax free channel bag

    • Alex September 23, 2016 Reply

      Hi Harry, you can get tax-refund in Finland. You can apply for tax-refund at the airport, please ask assistance from the custom. Tax-refund is around 15%.

  9. Jamie September 17, 2016 Reply

    What Chanel bags do they sell at Heathrow?

    • Cynthia September 23, 2016 Reply

      Chanel Extra mini, mini rectangle, woc and seasonal handbags.

  10. Cynthia September 11, 2016 Reply

    I’m traveling to London, then taking train to Brussels and then train to Paris, flying out from Paris to Asia and then back to US. I will be purchasing a medium boy.. since I’m not flying out from Heathrow, what do you suggest the best, cost efficient way for me to purchase the bag? Will I be eligible for the tax cut if I’m a US citizen? I’ve never purchased from Europe before, please help!! Thank you!!!

    • Joyce September 16, 2016 Reply

      Hi Cynthia, The iconic medium boy quilted bag is not available at Heathrow airport, because Chanel do not sell iconic bags there. I would say, try to purchase in Brussels or Paris, because Asia is a bit more expensive.

      in Europe you can apply for tax-refund at your last stop, so in Paris airport. You can get around 13% tax-refund back.

      Step by step instruction for tax-refund:

  11. NytoLondon September 3, 2016 Reply

    I love this website. Soo helpful!
    I am going to travel to London, Seoul and Singapore soon and wonder where would be the best place to get Chanel boy small or medium bag. It sounds like London is the cheapest place based on the reviews.. But then is it cheaper to buy at the airport (flying out from T5) or a store in London (selfridge) and get tax return… I thought if I go to the store, there will be more option to choose for me which is a plus. Let me know your thoughts! Thank you sooo much!!!!

    • Cynthia September 9, 2016 Reply

      hiiii! Yes London will be the best choice then. Its much cheaper to buy a bag at the Heathrow airport tax-free area. However, they do not stock iconic bags like the Boy Chanel quilted Flap Bags. So you need to buy this bag in London. The good news is that there are plenty of boutiques including Selfridge.

      The second idea is also wonderful because as you say, there are more choices in the city. But when you find your favorite bag, you should just buy. These bags get sold out very quickly. Keep us informed!

  12. Tiger June 2, 2016 Reply


    I live in the UK but I’m not an EU citizen, how do I get the 12% off?

    • Cynthia, June 3, 2016 Reply

      Hi Tiger, that depends. What are you doing in UK? Are you studying or working? If so, then that means that you can get tax-refund when you leave the country. Everything you buy in your last three months can be tax-refunded.

  13. Alana April 10, 2016 Reply

    Hi guys. Wonder if I purchase a chanel Gst in US or Dubai would be cheaper? And how much different? Thanks

    • Cynthia April 15, 2016 Reply

      Hi Alana, though Dubai promotes zero tax on goods, the products are expensive. I would just get it in the US. The Chanel GST is discontinued for now.

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