Rosemary Mac Cabe

Hemlines, heels and haute couture – your daily dose

The sterling-euro rip-off story to end all sterling-euro rip-off stories

I quite like Reiss. I know it’s overpriced for high street, but I look at it a little like a baby Prada or Miu Miu. It’s somewhere I would always look for something “special” – say, if I wanted to …

Mon, Nov 22, 2010, 10:28

   

I quite like Reiss. I know it’s overpriced for high street, but I look at it a little like a baby Prada or Miu Miu. It’s somewhere I would always look for something “special” – say, if I wanted to treat myself to some new workwear, or to a statement dress for Christmas, or for a wedding. I have a friend who cuts a great figure in Reiss’s strapless dresses, and I remember another Reiss dress being brought out for yet another friend’s 21st birthday. In short, it’s a failsafe party option, without being too “party” (take note, Lipsy).

So over the weekend when I was thinking about what to wear on Christmas day, I found myself logging onto the Reiss website and quite promptly falling in love with this dress.

It’s got a gorgeous embellished bodice, a slight skater skirt with pockets (immediate plus) and a lovely A-line swing shape – the only downside is that it’s £195. It’s a bit steep for a party dress, but I immediately began to justify this, as such: it’s black! It’ll go with loads of things! I can dress it down with chunky boots and opaques! Sure I’ll wear it over and over again! And so on and so forth.

The problems became apparent when I attempted to pay for my £195 dress – a price that worked out, roughly, as €230 of our eurobucks. When I tried to pay, it demanded a UK billing address which, surprisingly, I don’t have. So I then changed to the EU site and entered my address as Ireland, at which point it changed the price to euro. And what price did it come up with?

€365. Yes, €365 – which is €135 more than the current sterling-euro exchange rate. That means that I’d be paying more than 50% extra on my dress, for the privilege of living in the Republic of Ireland. (And that’s before postage and packing.) Is this the worst sterling-euro rip-off you’ve seen? I’ll be getting in touch with the Reiss press office to hear if they have a response to this, but tell me – is this a once-off? Any particularly bad examples spring to mind?

(Also, happy Monday! Isn’t it a beautiful week?! Well, ISN’T IT?! Hang on, what? Bailout? Oh dear . . . listen to this, and don’t worry.)

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