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Reasonable Rimowa Prices?

Old Nov 20, 09, 7:47 pm
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Hello,

I am in love with Rimowa Topas line. I've travelled with my cases and they do extremely well. Very little scratches and moves extremely smoothly. I am curious as to how many travelers use Rimowa Topas and how and where did you get reasonable prices? I am interested in purchasing the Topas cosmetic case and the carryon in Topas Gold.

My carryon and 26in were purchased from a retailer for $1425 for both and I thought that was very reasonable. Did I get a good price? If not, where can I do better?

Thanks for all your insight!

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Old Nov 21, 09, 3:45 am
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Welcome to FT, FlyerChick.

I also like the Topas Alu line from Rimowa. Even their PC cases are among the best of that genre. I have the very big Multiwheel case in the Topas line. You can read my review of it here if you do a search for Rimowa in the Travel Products Forum.

We have also discussed pricing in one or two thread.

I think the best price is to be had in Germany. Some retailers do ship to the USA. However, I find that for the frequent travelers we have on board here, it would make more sense to buy one directly in Germany. They are quite easily available in any bigger city. Even with the current dollar rate they are quite a bit cheaper than what you pay in the USA. You can also get them without paying our 19% sales tax. If you buy suitcases for $1000 that's $190 in your pocket (well a little less because you'd have to calculate it from the other side but you know what I mean).

The ideal set-up would be to go on a mileage run to Berlin. Come with very light luggage (just a little duffle), buy the Rimowas, fill with stuff you don't get in the USA or that costs significantly more there.

Hm, that would be nice thread idea.

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Old Nov 21, 09, 10:39 am
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Thanks for your response.^ I am indeed thinking of bringing a case back from Germany. I'm going to China in March and read that the prices are greatly inflated in Asia so that would be a bad idea! Going to Istanbul and Prague in June and might take a jaunt to Berlin and pick up a 32 all wheel like yours.

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Old Nov 21, 09, 12:46 pm
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Prague via Berlin is no problem from the US.

From your username I allow myself to deduct that you are a woman. In that case, not knowing if you are in shape like a female Arnold or not, I'd suggest to go just one size lower than the 32" model unless you want to transport bulky and fragile stuff (the reason I got mine). This big suitcase is so huge that even with a normal load of clothes it will be over the 23kg limit in economy and closer to the 32kg limit of First. If you want to stay under the limit you cannot fully pack it. THis means that stuff starts to shift and then wrinkles, even with the tie down straps. It is always a good idea to choose the suitcase volume in relation to weight. Not to mention that if you do have tendencies of "colported" female overpacking the thing might get so heavy you won't even be able to lift it in case of any stairs.

Check out my thread on volume/weight ratio as a luggage criterion for more on the subject.

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Old Nov 25, 09, 8:02 pm
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Food for though indeed on your observation on weight. On my way back from San Jose my 22-in was loaded up so full that I couldn't lift it. Before I purchased my cases I knew that there would be a slight weight difference between the all wheel and the trolley but that did not come into true realization until I actually had to hoist it into the overhead.

That couple of lbs really make a difference! Maybe I'll go up to a 29in instead.
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Old Nov 26, 09, 6:51 am
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You can also get them without paying our 19% sales tax.
Wow, 19% sales tax where you live??
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Old Nov 26, 09, 8:40 am
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19% VAT is standard in Europe. It's automatically calculated into the purchase price. You get it back at the airport in cash or back on your credit card.

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Old Nov 26, 09, 8:58 am
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I hope Im not hijacking this thread. I am seriously considering the purchase of a Rimowa 29" Salsa Deluxe. On a recent trip to the Far East I found that I needed an extra piece of luggage due to a shopping overdose. I picked up a cheap Polycarbonate bag in a mall after the salesperson demonstrated its strength by standing on top of it. I love how light the luggage is. Ergo my choice of the Salsa Deluxe. Has anyone bought one? If so, how do you like it?
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Old Nov 27, 09, 5:48 pm
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Just purchased that bag and the Limbo cosmetic case based on reviews and Rimowa quality. I had a bag that was just way too big and heavy and wanted to downsize to a smaller, lighter case but don't like the aluminum ones (crazy me, yeah?). Everything will fit for this trip but the real test will be for a ski trip in March. With all the puffy jackets, sweaters and ski gear I take, I hope I can get it all in. So far, I really love the features and looks. I like the dividers and I didn't think too much about the spinner wheels but now am very pleased; the bag maneuvers so easily. I'll let you know how it "survives" baggage handling when I get back.
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Old Nov 27, 09, 9:13 pm
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Originally Posted by niele View Post
Just purchased that bag and the Limbo cosmetic case based on reviews and Rimowa quality. I had a bag that was just way too big and heavy and wanted to downsize to a smaller, lighter case but don't like the aluminum ones (crazy me, yeah?). Everything will fit for this trip but the real test will be for a ski trip in March. With all the puffy jackets, sweaters and ski gear I take, I hope I can get it all in. So far, I really love the features and looks. I like the dividers and I didn't think too much about the spinner wheels but now am very pleased; the bag maneuvers so easily. I'll let you know how it "survives" baggage handling when I get back.
Puffy jackets, sweaters and winter gear (knits) are the best candidates for judicious use of compression bags. If ever it doesn't fit, use the compression bags. And make good use of the inside of boots.
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Old Nov 28, 09, 1:54 pm
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Thanks for the advice tfar. Hadn't though about the inside of the boots, though. I actually used to use those bags but they didn't seem to work that well for me, they would break the end seal and leak, so have been using ziplocks!
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Old Nov 28, 09, 6:14 pm
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The important thing is to a) not overstuff them and b) keep the limit line to which you pack, so that when you roll the bag up there is enough room where the air can escape. There are also compression bags that work with a vacuum cleaner which work a little better. Ziplocs will do the trick, too, but won't compress quite as well. Aloksaks would certainly also work.

And remember to put those heavy items on the bottom of the case where the wheels are. The lower center of gravity makes for much better maneuvering.

Inside of boots is also good for fragile stuff. For example, I just transported a glass bottle of shoe cleaning fluid in a boot secured with a pair of socks. Worked great.

Knit stuff compresses much better than woven textiles. Down compresses better than fleece as a general rule.

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Old Nov 29, 09, 4:17 pm
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I actually did like the large size bags which did have the vacuum hole, they worked great, they just got old and I've been too lazy to find more. I think after your bringing that up, tfar, it's time to order more. I also hadn't thought about the heavy-at-the-bottom factor, great advice. I was thinking of a bottle of b&b instead of the shoe cleaning fluid, for the boot insides, also.
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Old Nov 29, 09, 4:33 pm
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I recently treated myself to the second-biggest non-Multiwheel Topas trolley, and I absolutely love it. Absolutely great luggage, though mine already has quite a few more dents and scratches than I would have thought given it's only been checked half-a-dozen times so far.

The reason I went for the two-wheeler rather than the Multiwheel is that the Multiwheel wheels have a tendency to break off. So much of a tendency in fact, that many retailers will give you some spare wheels to take with you when you buy it. I wanted no part of that, so the two-wheeler was a natural choice - and a good one.

The Rimowa Flagship Store in Berlin is a good address to buy them.
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Old Dec 12, 09, 2:52 pm
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19% VAT is standard in Europe. It's automatically calculated into the purchase price. You get it back at the airport in cash or back on your credit card.
We've got 25% in Sweden. Gotta love Socialism!
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