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Old 04-09-2008, 12:40   #601
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Yes, obey the customs limits and you will be fine.
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have a read of this : http://www.lancerregister.com/showthread.php?t=213532

not sure if it applies - but still interesting

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Old 04-09-2008, 12:46   #603
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Hopefully, if enough people pay £8, they may be able to train my current post person that mail actually fits inside the letter box, and not thrown inside the front porch.
Your lucky, mine sometimes ends up in the recycle box or on the open doorstep
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£8, where does it go?

Although someone says 30 seconds to work out the VAT, then there has to be audit trails, a way to handle the cash, people working out systems so the cash gets back to the post office and so on.

Truth is there are quite a few people involved, I'd be surprised that they make anything out of it.

You may have done better than you think, VAT & fees should be charged on the value of the goods, not what you paid for them, so if they had found out the discs cost twice as much in the UK you could have been paying VAT on that amount.
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Old 11-10-2008, 19:25   #606
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hi, i'm travelling through heathrow airport to austrailia and was hoping to pick up a digital slr at dixons tax free. i was wondering if I was to bring the box back with me on my return journey, will they think i bought it abroad and charge me import taxes?
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£8, where does it go?

Although someone says 30 seconds to work out the VAT, then there has to be audit trails, a way to handle the cash, people working out systems so the cash gets back to the post office and so on.

Truth is there are quite a few people involved, I'd be surprised that they make anything out of it.

You may have done better than you think, VAT & fees should be charged on the value of the goods, not what you paid for them, so if they had found out the discs cost twice as much in the UK you could have been paying VAT on that amount.
That's not correct. What is relevent is what you PAID for the goods, not their "assumed value". It doesn't matter in the least if the same discs are on sale in the UK at twice the price - what's important is how much you, as the importer, actually paid for the goods you're importing.

Customs will only make their own determination of value if there is either no declaration at all or one they believe is fraudulent - for example, a value deliberately declared as being low to avoid import taxes.
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Old 22-10-2008, 13:23   #608
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US$ rate for October 2008

Phew! It must have come very close to the 5% threshold for changes, but the US dollar rate for October was not adjusted today, and remains at $1.7957.
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Revised US$ Rate for October

As from 29 October, the US$ rate will be $1.6336.
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Old 28-10-2008, 09:22   #610
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Still about $0.08 above the real exchange rate at the mo, and it's also the official november rate. Still a fair danger that it will flick below $1.55 when the check the rates on Wednesdays to trigger a mid-November adjustment though.
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As from 29 October, the US$ rate will be $1.6336.
Damn, that's 3 or 4 parcels that could get hit! Ordered them ages ago, but only just shipped because some titles release dates got put back.
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I'm looking to order a PS3 from VG+ in the next month or so, I just wondered if anyone can tell me an approximate cost. The console is £205.12, the delivery charge is £59.09 and the courier is DHL Express.

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Yay! From 1st December...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7727717.stm

EDIT - groan, just read you still have to pay the VAT.

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And the £7 handling fee.
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So basically it's no different then as you still pay VAT + Royal Mail handling charge?
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So basically it's no different then as you still pay VAT + Royal Mail handling charge?
Basically. I wouldn't mind paying VAT if I didn't also have to pay a damn handling fee to whichever courier it is.
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Well that's just crap then. It's a non-story and won't benefit personal importers at all. Who exactly DOES it benefit?
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I guess import companies, 15% must add quite a lot to their margin.
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