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Inside the Louis Vuitton Waikiki store

You may be wondering why I’m dedicating a shopping guide to Louis Vuitton Hawaii. For people that don’t know, Hawaii actually has discount pricing on a lot of luxury brand names. First, I thought this was a scam because why would luxury goods be “cheaper?” Surprisingly, this is absolutely true. Outside of Europe, Hawaii is the next best place to buy luxury goods. On top of that, Hawaii’s tax is much lower than the mainland U.S. Here in Los Angeles, our sales tax is 9.5%, but in Honolulu, it’s only 4.5%. So, since we were in Oahu for the week, I decided to collect as much information as I could about all the brands that have the special Hawaii pricing and share it with all of you. As the first part of this series, I’m going to start with the Louis Vuitton in Waikiki’s Luxury Row.

LOUIS VUITTON HAWAII (WAIKIKI)

Address : 2200 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, Hawaii 96815 (Gump’s Building)

Phone : 1.808.971.6880

Louis Vuitton Hawaii Pricing : 10% Off on Leather Goods and 5-7% Off on Shoes, Accessories, and Clothes*

*This is what was quoted to me, but after my research, I’ve found out this is not always the case

 

The Louis Vuitton Waikiki store is located on the main strip and it resides in the old historic Gump’s Building. I visited the store twice during our stay. The first time was to scope out what they had in stock and the second time was to actually purchase something. I’ve noticed that the stock in Hawaii seems to be more abundant than in the U.S. With that being said, their stock does go fast especially when people know it’s cheaper to buy in Hawaii.

The first time I visited the store, I was looking at the white Damier Neverfull with the pink lining. There was only one in stock and the sales associate told me I should decide soon if I wanted it because they only get a limited amount and won’t know when they’ll have it next. I told him that I needed to go home and think about it. Also, I still wanted to shop at some other stores in case I found something more that I liked. The next day, I texted him asking if that purse was still available. He said I was lucky because he sold the one I was looking at yesterday and fortunately two more came in their shipment today. Who knows if their shipment brings them these Neverfulls every day or not, but I was more shocked that he sold the one from the day before. I didn’t think it would actually be gone so fast. Either way, I got my bag and I was happy.

 

IS IT REALLY 10% OFF?

I’ve actually been to the Louis Vuitton Waikiki store a couple of times over the years, but this was the first time I purchased something. After writing this blog post, I noticed something strange about the pricing. Not all the “leather goods” are 10% off like the sale associate confidently told me. I compared the prices to what I saw in the store to what was online and I was shocked. Some of the purses rang in only at a 3% discount! Even my Neverfull wasn’t a full 10% discount, it was only 9.7%. So, if you know what purse you want, make sure you research the price ahead of time and do the math when you’re at the store. You still would be getting a deal, but it might not be as great as you thought.

 

SERVICE AT LOUIS VUITTON WAIKIKI

I’ve read from other blogs and reviews that some of the sales associates (SA) can be snooty and unhelpful. Even though I didn’t want to believe this, I have to say that I’ve never really been impressed by their customer service. The service I received wasn’t bad per se, but it wasn’t great either. The SA that I was assigned to wasn’t the most helpful and I felt like they just wanted to do the bare minimum. I asked to see what Neverfulls they had and this person quickly said, “Which one?” In my mind, I’m thinking shouldn’t you show me which ones you have in stock? But the SA wanted me to specify which color, size, design, etc. I mean I don’t know what I like until I see it, right? The only time I felt the SA was more helpful was the next day when I came in and I was going to actually buy something. I brought a friend that wanted to buy something too. Suddenly, it’s all smiles and jokes. Overall, I got what I wanted, but the initial service could be improved.

 

// LOUIS VUITTON NEVERFULL MM //

Louis Vuitton Hawaii Price: $1,390 + 4.5% Hawaii Tax

Mainland U.S.: $1,540 + Local Tax

Discount: $150 (~9.7% discount before tax)

Louis Vuitton Waikiki Shopping Guide
Louis Vuitton Waikiki White Damier Neverfull price
Louis Vuitton White Damier Neverfull online priceLouis Vuitton Neverfull Bags

 

// LOUIS VUITTON CAPUCINES PM //

Louis Vuitton Hawaii Price: $4,950 + 4.5% Hawaii Tax

Mainland U.S.: $5,100 + Local Tax

Discount: $150 (~2.9% discount before tax)

Louis Vuitton Capucines PM Bag
Louis Vuitton Waikiki Capucines PM Bag Price
Louis Vuitton Online Capucines PM Bag Price

 

// LOUIS VUITTON MINI DEAUVILLE //

Louis Vuitton Hawaii Price: $1,750 + 4.5% Hawaii Tax

Mainland U.S.: $1,920 + Local Tax

Discount: $170 (~8.6% discount before tax)

Louis Vuitton Mini Deauville Bag
Louis Vuitton Waikiki Mini Deauville Bag Price
Louis Vuitton Online Mini Deauville Bag Price

 

// LOUIS VUITTON DOUBLE ZIP POCHETTE //

Louis Vuitton Hawaii Price: $1,140 + 4.5% Hawaii Tax

Mainland U.S.: $1,260 + Local Tax

Discount: $120 (~9.5% discount before tax)

Louis Vuitton Double Zip Pochette
Louis Vuitton Waikiki Double Zip Pochette Price
Louis Vuitton Online Double Zip Pochette Price

 

// LOUIS VUITTON FÉLICIE POCHETTE //

Louis Vuitton Hawaii Price: $1,410 + 4.5% Hawaii Tax

Mainland U.S.: $1,530 + Local Tax

Discount: $120 (~7.8% discount before tax)

Louis Vuitton Félicie Pochette
Louis Vuitton Waikiki Félicie Pochette Price
Louis Vuitton Online Félicie Pochette Price

 

// LOUIS VUITTON COASTLINE WEDGE SANDAL //

Louis Vuitton Hawaii Price: $875+ 4.5% Hawaii Tax

Mainland U.S.: $925 + Local Tax

Discount: $50 (~5.4% discount before tax)

Louis Vuitton Coastline Wedge Sandal
Louis Vuitton Waikiki Coastline Wedge Sandal Price
Louis Vuitton Online Coastline Wedge Sandal Price

 

// LOUIS VUITTON MEN’S MULTIPLE WALLET //

Louis Vuitton Hawaii Price: $610 + 4.5% Hawaii Tax

Mainland U.S.: $670 + Local Tax

Discount: $60 (~9.0% discount before tax)

Louis Vuitton Men's Multiple Wallet
Louis Vuitton Waikiki Men's Multiple Wallet Price
Louis Vuitton Online Men's Multiple Wallet Price

 

// LOUIS VUITTON MEN’S SLENDER WALLET //

Louis Vuitton Hawaii Price: $430 + 4.5% Hawaii Tax

Mainland U.S.: $475 + Local Tax

Discount: $45 (~9.5% discount before tax)

Louis Vuitton Men's Slender Wallet
Louis Vuitton Waikiki Men's Slender Wallet Price
Louis Vuitton Online Men's Slender Wallet Price

 

// LOUIS VUITTON MEN’S COMPACT 6CC WALLET //

Louis Vuitton Hawaii Price: $440 + 4.5% Hawaii Tax

Mainland U.S.: $485 + Local Tax

Discount: $45 (~9.3% discount before tax)

Louis Vuitton Men's Compact 6CC Wallet
Louis Vuitton Waikiki Men's Compact 6CC Wallet Price
Louis Vuitton Online Men's Compact 6CC Wallet Price

 

// LOUIS VUITTON MEN’S LV INITIALES 40MM REVERSIBLE BELT //

Louis Vuitton Hawaii Price: $570 + 4.5% Hawaii Tax

Mainland U.S.: $590 + Local Tax

Discount: $20 (~3.4% discount before tax)

Louis Vuitton Men's LV Belt
Louis Vuitton Waikiki Men's LV Belt Price
Louis Vuitton Online Men's LV Belt Price

 

// LOUIS VUITTON FRILL BLOUSE //

Louis Vuitton Hawaii Price: $1,160 + 4.5% Hawaii Tax

Mainland U.S.: $1,220 + Local Tax

Discount: $60 (~4.9% discount before tax)

Louis Vuitton Frill Blouse
Louis Vuitton Waikiki Frill Blouse Price
Louis Vuitton Online Frill Blouse Price

 

// LOUIS VUITTON LAVALLIERE COLLAR SHIRT //

Louis Vuitton Hawaii Price: $3,200 + 4.5% Hawaii Tax

Mainland U.S.: $3,350 + Local Tax

Discount: $150 (~4.5% discount before tax)

Louis Vuitton Lavalliere Collar Shirt
Louis Vuitton Waikiki Lavalliere Collar Shirt Price
Louis Vuitton Online Lavalliere Collar Shirt Price

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