markharro Senior Member Joined: 26 Jan 2004 Posts: 1 Location: scotland Expertise: Just starting
Posted Mon Jan 26, 2004, 5:06pm Subject: Buying a Rancilio Silvia in Italy (Milan)
I'm about to go on a short break to Italy. I'd like to buy a Rancilio Silvia when I'm over as I figured I'd get a good price as they're made near Milan. Anyone done the same recently who can recommend a retail outlet(s) in Milan and expected price. Can you go to the Rancilio factory and buy direct?
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Posted Mon Jan 26, 2004, 6:15pm Subject: Re: Buying a machine in Italy (Milan)
I used to live in France and Italian and French bicycle parts were cheaper in the U.S. from the proper catalog then buying in France. This was due to the V.A.T., value added tax sorta like a 17% sales tax. With a tourist visa you may be able to get the tax rebated at customs when you leave, but then you have to be carrying this box with you when you leave and probably other times. You cannot or probably cannot ship without fees and import duties. Still, knowing how much it costs here, you might save some money. Bringing back some good wine would be more woth the load to lug.
Posted Tue Jan 27, 2004, 8:35am Subject: Re: Buying a machine in Italy (Milan)
OT: A little CG board etiquette... there is no need to repost the same message in multiple forums. Many members use the "new posts" button and thus see all forum posts. Thanks and good luck with your shopping spree in Milan!
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