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Following on from the J.Crewe thread. I've just had an email from Banana republic telling telling me there's 50% off everything. Clicked onto it and they then give me a code for an extra 30% off at the till. That's an 80% reduction! Of course it's in dollars on top of that. It's so not bloody fair!
It costs more to run a shop over here, I'd imagine. We have higher taxes which pay for things like NHS. In the US, costs of employment (tax & NI) & employing people are lower, but living costs are higher due to needing medical insurance etc.
Louwn, Banana Republic is great for wardrobe staples, blazers trousers etc. if your cash is freely flowing try Club Monoco on 5th near Central Park in NY. Their stuff is amazing but pricy. have a great time in US lucky ducky
Pity your poor Irish neighbours. The mark up here is frightful. Ordering online is very expensive - no free delivery or RETURNS but yet just 60 miles up the road, on the same island, Northern Ireland customers get free delivery and free returns and for a smaller initial outlay. As we are all EU members shouldn't postal charges be the same ? Rant over. Sorry.
Have you tried parcel motelholly? It often works out cheaper for delivery and you can use it for sites that don't deliver to Ireland. I'll often chose to pay in pounds instead of euros and give the northern parcel motel address.
I have very fond memories of the banana republic and j crew outlet stores in the US. My favourite pair of jeans are a $7 pair from a banana republic outlet! And on the day we moved back to the uk I had to make one final stop in j crew. Sales tax was only about 9% in LA, so loads cheaper than vat too.