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Prices in Italy(3 posts)

Prices in Italypessot
Dec 12, 2002 10:12 AM
I have an Italian co-worker that is going back home to packup a bunch of personal belongings, household stuff, furniture etc.
Knowing my interest in bicycles he asked if I might like to take advantage of his duty free container filled with personal items to bring back any bike stuff.

My question is are the prices on Italian frames and or Campy groups significantly better in Italy vs the US, that I should consider taking him up on his offer?
re: Prices in Italypmf1
Dec 13, 2002 6:56 AM
I was in Italy 2 years ago on my honeymoon and the wife and I bought C-40's from a local shop that was handling the tour we were on. I think we paid around $2500 per frame.They were selling retail in the U.S. for about $1000 more per frame. Then there was shipping that ran about $200 per frame. Duty was negligible. I think something less than 2%.

Since I was going to put Shimano on them, I did not shop components. Campy may be cheaper there, but I wouldn't count on it.

Italian bike shops (at least the ones I've been to) have very little inventory. I think the typical thing to do is go in, get measured, plunk down the money and have them order you a frame. Custom frames are no additional charge. It took out frames almost 3 months to arrive after we got back (we ordered them in September 2000 and they were the 2001 B-Stay model, so perhaps that added to the delay). Of course, it snowed the day after we got them.

I guess it may be worth it if you have something in mind and he can locate it. Frankly, the prices at the UK sites seem pretty on par with what I saw in Italy. There are some Italian shops you could call as well. Romeo in Rome is staffed by guys who speak english, have inventory and will ship out of Italy.
re: Prices in Italyking of Norway
Dec 13, 2002 10:26 AM
I bought a Pinarello prince for less than half of US price. Problem is it took 4-5 months to make. Campy prices are pretty uniform, not substantially lower in Italy.