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. 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.

  2. 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%.

  3. 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.

  4. 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:

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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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