Victoria’s Secret Store In Amsterdam Is Misleading Customers

Last Monday I was at Schiphol international airport in Amsterdam and while waiting for my sister to arrive I decided to check the Victoria’s Secret store there. Since it is the only Victoria’s Secret store in The Netherlands, I always use the opportunity to shop there while I am at the airport. This time was even better, as there were sales.
I got 6 pieces all with 50% discount.  I was in a hurry, I quickly paid the requested 40 euro, picked my purchase and left.
Only in the evening at home I though to check out the bill and was very surprised to see a difference between the prices on product tags and the prices on the actual bill. Btw. the original prices were very well covered by discount stickers, so I literally had to pull off all the discount tags to dig to the original price.

As you see the prices are the following: 10,50 + 9,50 + 10,50 + 10,50 + 14,50 + 13,50
Total: 69 euro (without discount)
                                                                    Total (50% Off):  34,50 euro

Since two black pieces are totally the same, but the price for one is 9,50, for the other is 10, 50, I assumed the first price was a mistake and recalculated the price adding extra 1 euro.

                                                              10,50 + 10,50+ 10,50+ 10,50+ 14,50+13,50
Total: 70 euro (without discount)
                                                              Total (50% Off):  35 euro

And now comes the most interesting part of this whole story- the bill with the total of 40 euro!
Btw. the store is not located on a territory of a Duty Free Area, so 21% tax off should not be applicable in this case. Plus on the bill you can clearly see the separation between the price (33,06 euro) and 21% tax (6,94 euro).

But even if we add to all prices extra 21 % we are still not getting that 40 euro!

10,50 + (10,50 * 21/100) = 12,705  
14,50 + (14,50 * 21/100) = 17,545 
13,50 + (13,50 * 21/100) = 16,335

                                                       12,705 +12,705 +12,705 +12,705 +17,545 +16,335
Total (with 21% VAT): 84,7 euro
                                                        Total 50 % Off (inclusive 21% VAT ): 42,35 euro

I have no idea how the store’s register came up with the price of 40 euro in total, but it seems to me very suspicious!
Unfortunately I am already on my way to France (for holidays) and can not go back to store with my questions, that’s why I decided to share it in this blog so you guys will be more attentive while purchasing items at Victoria’s Secret store in Amsterdam.
This is actually not the first time I am encountering price misleads in The Netherlands, especially in touristic areas. So be careful and pay extra attention while shopping!

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  1. Oh no!! thats awful! I hate when stores put misleading discount signs- it really makes me not want to go back there. Thanks for sharing!


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