Big Apple for big savings
For the biggest savings of Xmas 2014, make sure your jet’s pointing to New York. With results just in from the annual Post Office Christmas Shopping Guide, the Big Apple offers shoppers savings of up to 73% on designer fashion items compared with London.
London Vs New York… a sale of two cities
Here’s how the two cities compete at the cash till, with a full rundown of prices from the Post Office 2014 Christmas Shopping Guide. Get a flavour of things to come by checking out this small selection of price comparisons between London and New York, then read on for the full list of great savings…
Fashion the cash
The Post Office survey reveals prices for almost one-in-five items were more than 50% cheaper in New York. The best bargains are on designers jeans, with True Religion Stella super skinny woman’s jeans coming in at the equivalent of £107.00 – a whopping 62% less than the £280.00 price tag to be found hanging from the waistband in London. However, the biggest savings come on Hollister men’s slim straight jeans at just £16.00, which undercuts the London price of £59.00 by 73%.
Along with its hip sister brand Abercrombie and Fitch (A&F), Hollister gives fly-and-buy shoppers the best deals in New York, offering savings of more than 50% in more than half of the items sampled. Examples such as a pair of ladies’ jogger sweatpants at A&F costing 57% less at £25.00 in New York and £58.00 in London. Men can also feel the A&F benefit by saving 61% on an Adams Mountain hoodie at £35.00 for transatlantic shoppers while Londoners pay £88.00.
Aside from A&F and Hollister, other designer brands – such as J Crew, J Brand, True Religion and Polo Ralph Lauren – are also offering big discounts on London prices with savings of around 30%.
Anyone looking to spice up the festive season, will make big savings on stripped-down prices from America’s biggest lingerie store, Victoria’s Secret. A demi bra costs 28% less in New York (£28) than in London (£40), while one of its latest range of lace corsets is 25% cheaper – around £56 compared with £75 in London.
You’ll be made up
Shoppers heading to New York will also find some big savings on Elizabeth Arden and Clinique make-up, with prices 40-51% lower than those in London. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream skin protectant 50ml costs just £14.69 in the Big Apple – 51% less than the price tag of £30.00 in London.
Head to New York for great Xmas shopping deals
The latest gadgets are also cheaper in New York: Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 Kids Edition is 30% cheaper (£140 compared with £199 in London) and, although the savings are smaller, the new Apple iPad Air 2 costs 13% less over the pond (£349.00 compared with £399.00).
Toys R Less, too
It’s not just fashionistas swapping their shopping in London for the streets of New York, parents can secure the latest must-have toys at prices that undercut those in the capital by nearly 50%.
The survey compared costs from this year’s ‘Dream Toys’ list issued by the Toy Retailer’s Association, and revealed bargains such as a Transformers Stomp and Chomp Grimlock costs less than £49.00 in New York, compared with its Brit counterpart at a shameful £90.00. Disney’s Frozen fans will also benefit from having pond-hopping parents, with a Snow Glow Elsa Doll costing around £24.00 in the Big Apple while stay-at-home shoppers will be rewarded by paying 30% more at £35.00.
Buy before you fly…
Despite offering big discounts for most items, the Post Office Christmas Shopping Guide does reveal that London comes up smelling of roses in the perfume category. New York prices for My Burberry Eau de Parfum (50ml) are 2% more at £66.00, compared with £65.00 in London. However, one exception was Marc Jacobs’ new Daisy Dream Eau de Toilette (100ml) costs 24 per cent less in New York (£53) than in London (£70).
The full price comparison…
London vs New York… prices and savings compared