Where To Buy Chanel Bag The Cheapest?


Chanel Medium/Large Classic Flap Bag
Lamskin (or Caviar)

Dreaming of your next Chanel handbag, but want to find the best deal? You’re not alone. Plenty of fashionistas across the world are wondering where they can find the biggest bang for their buck, and we’re here to help. If you’re wondering which country is cheapest to buy Chanel bag, keep reading!

In order to decide which country is the cheapest to buy your next dream Chanel bag, we’re going to compare prices between 9 different countries: United States, Canada, Europe, United Kingdom, Singapore, Australia, Japan, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, and Hong Kong. You will find these 9 countries on our table. To ensure the pricing is the same for each country, we will only be comparing a single bag in the same leather. We’ve chosen the ever-popular Chanel Medium/Large Classic Flap in Lambskin or Caviar for obvious reasons, the main one being it’s a stunning and elegant piece that’s craved by women across the world and adorned by top celebrities and models.



Explanation Of The Table

As far as the table goes, underneath the country name you will find the retail price of the bag. This price is the price you will find in the stores. You will then see a column labeled ‘tax-refund’. If there is a ‘0%’ listed, then the country does not offer a refund. Each country has a different terminology for tax refunds, and they go as followed: In the United States, it is known as a sales tax, while Canada refers to it as a GST (goods and services tax) or HST (harmonized sales tax). Neither of these countries offer a tax return on goods purchased by consumers. In Europe and the United Kingdom, it is called a VAT or value added taxes. All European countries offer a different amount when it comes to VAT. Singapore and Australia have a GST (goods and services tax) while Japan has a consumption tax. Dubai and Hong Kong do not have taxes on goods sold, but that does not necessarily mean you’re paying less- it all depends on the retail price.

Finally you will see the ‘Retail price minus tax-refund’ column. This is the amount you will pay after receiving your tax refund. Keep in mind that your refund will typically be lower than the percentage amount equates, as you will need to pay for an affiliate company to process your refund. They will charge an administration fee that comes out of your overall tax refund amount, so it’s TAX REFUND – ADMIN FEE = ACTUAL REFUND.

Where To Buy Chanel Bag The Cheapest?

As you can see from our table, an American buying in the United Kingdom is the cheapest option as you will be paying $3,946 USD LESS after receiving your tax refund. Most individuals will either choose the United Kingdom or Europe to buy their Chanel handbags, as many European countries offer an astounding VAT refund. Remember that purchasing from tax-free areas like Hong Kong and Dubai doesn’t mean your purchase will be cheaper than in other countries; it all depends on retail prices. Always ensure you are looking for your DREAM Chanel bag rather than focusing entirely on prices, as some areas- Paris, for example- are typically sold-out of certain popular bags like the Chanel Classic Flap Bag, and other areas like Hong Kong have low stock due to high demand.

Final Note

Returning to your home country after purchasing a Chanel bag in another country, you will need to pay certain import duties and may even have to pay taxes that your country imposes. This will certainly affect the ultimate price you end up paying for your must-have Chanel accessory.

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  1. Erica Kravit February 19, 2018 Reply

    What if you can’t bring your purchase from Madrid back with you as you are backpacking ? Can you ship it back insured ? Do you lose the VAT refund ?

    • Author
      Alex February 25, 2018 Reply

      You cannot buy it and ship it back and get VAT refund. Because the custom needs to verify your bag by checking it. One way to do that is to apply for tax-refund first, then send it back. However, it’s not recommended! There are enough stories about shipping high fashion products. You can get an insurance of course.

  2. HElly February 16, 2018 Reply

    Thanks for sharing valuable information for Chanel bag. Best review for all.

  3. Takiis Thompson November 19, 2017 Reply

    What about in Turkey?

  4. Anonymous November 17, 2017 Reply

    What about buying Chanel bag in Barcelone and Portual comparing to Paris and UK? Thanks for your help!

  5. Joanne W October 8, 2017 Reply

    Hello ..

    I am visiting London , Italy & Paris this coming winter . I intend to buy a Classic small flap Chanel and Micro Luggage Celine .
    Can you please advise should I get it in London or Paris .
    After comparison with the currency and VAT claim , it seems to be cheaper in London .
    But I am contemplating, Chanel is from Paris I would like to have the feeling from picking the apple fresh from the tree at the same time I want to save more and buy more bags. I have one concern is I am afraid I could not find the bag in Paris as Paris is my last stop before flying home.
    Please give me your expert advise and comparison. Could you also share with me how do I do the VAT claim as well if I were to purchase my bag from Paris but am flying back home from London? I will be traveling from Paris to London via train.

    • Author
      Alex October 15, 2017 Reply

      Chanel Small Classic Flap Bag:
      In Italy
      Retail price: €3990 euro
      Tax refund: around 14%
      Price tax excluded: €3431 euro

      In UK:
      Retail price: £3560 GBP
      Tax refund: around 13.50%
      Price tax excluded: £3079 GBP

      Now convert £3079 GBP into euro = €3460. As you can see, Chanel harmonized the prices between UK and Europe. There is no real difference in price between the two countries. My advice is to buy when you see the right color and the right hardware, no matter whether you’re in Italy or UK. France has less tax-refund, which means is more expensive than in London (for this bag)

      Celine Micro Luggage:
      In Italy
      Retail price: €2250 euro
      Tax refund: around 13.50%%
      Price tax excluded: €1946 euro

      In UK
      Retail price: £2050 GBP
      Tax refund: around 13%
      Price tax excluded: £1783 GBP

      Convert £1783 GBP in euro’s = €2003 euro.

      Buying Celine is slightly cheaper in Italy.

      We have an whole page dedicated for this calculation: https://www.bragmybag.com/vat-refund-rate-in-europe/

      Italy has higher tax refund rate than Paris.

      • Joanne W October 20, 2017 Reply

        Thanks Alex ! I am grateful for the advise and with this information it ease my London + Europe vacation shopping haul 🙃

        • Author
          Alex October 21, 2017 Reply

          Np, keep us informed =)

  6. Lighty September 27, 2017 Reply

    Should I buy the Chanel new medium boy in Switzerland or in Paris ? Pls advise as I don’t see any price comparison for Chanel bags in Switzerland

  7. Edward September 22, 2017 Reply


    Visiting Greece with my signicant other this coming week and may look to get her the classic Chanel coin purse. (She loves coin purses)

    I noticed in the US, it’s 475 (New York City). How much would this be in Athens?? Also, is the tax refund on the spot?



    • Lily September 22, 2017 Reply

      The price for the coin purse in euro will be 360 euro (I think you are looking at the chanel classic coin purse). VAT return is not on the spot, it needs to be refunded at the day you return to the us, at the airport. You also need the shopping assistance to give you a tax refund form.

  8. Lhinggit September 3, 2017 Reply

    Is that right, Chanel in HK goes on sale every now and then?

    • Cynthia September 8, 2017 Reply

      Yes, but we’re not sure which date yet. =)

  9. Sunny July 20, 2017 Reply

    Hello, I love your post! I just wanted to know if all Chanel handbags and clothing are cheaper in the UK? Even the seasonal bags? Thank you for your answer in advance!

  10. Betty June 16, 2017 Reply


    I’m planning to visit Paris and Prague in September and was wanting to buy the medium classic flap Chanel bag. Where would be the best place to go? Also, would it be cheaper to purchase it in Europe vs U.S?

    • Author
      Alex June 16, 2017 Reply

      Hi Betty, Europe is still cheaper than in the US. I would just buy it in Paris, but it can be that they’re out of stock or in different hardware like medium or gold. Or they only have the jumbo.

  11. Amanda June 8, 2017 Reply

    Hello! Does Paris typically have the jumbo classic flap in caviar leather? I’m heading there in September and hoping to find one in grey!

    • Author
      Alex June 9, 2017 Reply

      Hi Amanda, yes they have. This bag gets restock in almost every boutiques.

  12. Victoria May 11, 2017 Reply


    I’m searching for the mini rectangle in black caviar and silver hardware, but i already called to France, Uk, Portugal and Belgium and it’s sold out! How long does it take to come back to stores? I’ll be there to buy in July.

    • Anonymous May 12, 2017 Reply

      Hi Victoria, the mini’s go out very hard in Europe. Generally, you should be there on Mondays and Tuesday, that’s where I know they get new stock. Avoid friday, saturday and sundays, always busy ~

  13. Sandra April 30, 2017 Reply

    Hi there!
    Dreaming of my new chanel bag.. I am from Australia, is it cheaper to buy in Australia or wait till my holiday in Hawaii to purchase?
    Thanks so much x

  14. Adel April 29, 2017 Reply

    Hi!! Wanted to know if it’ll be more ecnomical to purchase a boy chanel from the LHR…. Adel

    • Author
      Alex May 5, 2017 Reply

      LHR don’t sell iconic handbags, just for the info. We mean the Boy Chanel Quilted Bag. So, you should try in Europe, it’s cheaper than UK. And you get only advantage of LHR’s tax-free policy (which is 16% off the retail price), if you are flying from LHR out of Europe. Otherwise you will get the same price like in the normal boutique, which is more expensive than Eu.

  15. Rocio April 23, 2017 Reply

    The two bags are the mm favorite and speedy 30

  16. Rocio April 23, 2017 Reply

    Love all your blogs!!! My GF is going to Greece and she is buying two LV bags for me. How do I know the cost for each bag. I could not find prices on the LV website. Is it same to assume it’s the the price as France?

  17. Jeanette April 17, 2017 Reply

    I’m going UK, Paris and Rome. I intend to buy Chanel and Gucci handbags. Which is a better country to get a higher VAT refund.
    If I depart Paris for UK via Eurostat, will I be able to get my vat refund?
    Thank you.

    • Lily April 20, 2017 Reply

      Hi Jeanette, the prices in UK is higher, so its better to buy in Europe. Rome has the highest tax-refund of 14%. Paris tax-refund is around 12%. You can apply for tax-refund in the latest stop. Because UK is still in European Union, you can apply tax-refund there as well.

  18. queenie l April 11, 2017 Reply

    hi, how’s the price in greece comparing to france?
    will it be cheaper to buy in greece or UK?

    • Author
      Alex April 12, 2017 Reply

      Hi Queenie, the prices are the same, but if you’re looking for the higher tax-refund, then in Greece you get more tax-refund. The UK is more expensive due to the few price hikes last year.

  19. Jea April 8, 2017 Reply

    Hi is it possible to buy Chanel in Greece ? What’s the tax refund like ??

    • Author
      Alex April 10, 2017 Reply

      Hi Jea, its possible. The tax-refund is around 15%. Which bag are you going to hunt?

  20. Chloe April 5, 2017 Reply

    Appreciate if can share the selling price for Chanel O case in London, Paris, and Milan.

  21. Mastura March 16, 2017 Reply

    Hi, I am going to Turkey in 2 weeks time. Can anyone tell me whether there is Chanel boutique there? how much is Jumbo Flap Caviar? and how much is the VAT? thanx soooo much for your help.

    • Author
      Alex March 17, 2017 Reply

      Hi Mastura, if you’re planning to buy a bag, visit the Chanel boutique in Istanbul.

      Chanel Nisantasi
      Nisantasi @t Groundfloor, Abdi Ipekci Cad. Nazem Apt. No:65 Sisli 34367 in Istanbul.

      We don’t know the price in Turkey because Chanel doesn’t share it. Tax-refund is around 4.5%. Keep us updated =)

  22. Lori Kahler February 18, 2017 Reply

    Very informative. I too have purchased overseas in the UK and the VAT refund is critical. Also, when shopping for luxury brands, it is important to know how to ensure it is an authentic brand. I mostly buy online now and use to buy at TheRealReal for lightly used items. I really love an online boutique that carries authentic designer brands. They carry all new items with tags, no used. hautemilan.com

  23. Yulianna December 1, 2016 Reply

    Excellent review !!!!

  24. Kamilya September 19, 2016 Reply

    Nice information, but the only thing is Dubai is not country. It is part of country which is UAE

  25. Joanna September 11, 2016 Reply

    Hi i am currently moving around scandinavian countries, russia, belarus, lithuania and poland. Where is it best to buy a chanel or saint laurent?

    • Cynthia September 16, 2016 Reply

      Hi Joanna, Denmark don’t have Chanel boutiques, I would say Sweden as I don’t have experience in purchasing designer bags in the other countries.

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