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Old 08-12-2005, 08:45   #321
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Just got Seinfled gift sets through from Amazon.com (volume 1+2 & 5+6). Although, ordered with standard (cheapest) shipping both went through Germany and delivered by ParcelForce. One evaded customs and the other got hit - £21.50 of which £13.50 was the handling charge. Not best pleased.

To make matters worse it was damaged inside, though after e-mailing Amazon they've agreed to send a replacement (likely to get hit by customs probably!). On the plus side they said no need to return the damaged product and as a goodwill gesture have refunded the customs charge I paid on it. Thus, I've luckily not lost out. Fingers crossed the replacement gets through customs untouched.

Never realised before about ParcelFarce, since stuff has always come through RoyalMail; thus, everybody be aware you could be stung.
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Old 08-12-2005, 12:42   #322
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Just got Seinfled gift sets through from Amazon.com (volume 1+2 & 5+6). Although, ordered with standard (cheapest) shipping both went through Germany and delivered by ParcelForce. One evaded customs and the other got hit - £21.50 of which £13.50 was the handling charge. Not best pleased.

To make matters worse it was damaged inside, though after e-mailing Amazon they've agreed to send a replacement (likely to get hit by customs probably!). On the plus side they said no need to return the damaged product and as a goodwill gesture have refunded the customs charge I paid on it. Thus, I've luckily not lost out. Fingers crossed the replacement gets through customs untouched.

Never realised before about ParcelFarce, since stuff has always come through RoyalMail; thus, everybody be aware you could be stung.
The replacements should come through at $0.00.
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Old 08-12-2005, 15:21   #323
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Fingers crossed the replacement gets through customs untouched.
It should. Replacement items should be marked as zero value for Customs purposes since you did not pay anything for them.
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Old 08-12-2005, 18:00   #324
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It should. Replacement items should be marked as zero value for Customs purposes since you did not pay anything for them.
Is that an echo It happened on posts 306 and 307 too.

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Old 23-01-2006, 11:56   #325
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New rates for Feb have been announced today by HM Revenue and Customs.
For US the rate is $1.7628. The £18 limit therefore translates to $31.73 during February 06.
I'll be putting my DVDPacific orders for February through tonight!
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Old 02-02-2006, 21:25   #326
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OMG,Is this the quickest Import delivery ever

Sunday night - Ordered Flintstones Season 4 with CD Wow
Monday -Dispatched and sent from Hong Kong(or so the package said)
Thursday - Delivered to my door at 11.30AM Thursday morning

I have to say I am most impressed, with it just taking 3 days to make it from Hong Kong to here in the UK, I did order another dvd from the same company a while ago which was also sent from Hong Kong but it took over a week to arrive

So explain this, When I order something from Play.com, its sent from Jersey and can take upto 3-5 days so how has this dvd I've ordered taken 3 days to be delivered from Hong Kong when some dvd's can take longer from Jersey

Very impressed though as said, not gonna complain
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Old 13-02-2006, 10:43   #327
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  • UPS is £10 or 2% (whichever is greater) UPS site in section marked "Disbursements" (Thanks to Chris for the info).
UPS has gone up to £11 or 2.5%.

Discovered that this morning -- received a parcel worth approx £39, with a customs charge of £6.74 and a massive UPS fee of £11. I'll be emailing them shortly to let them know that, given the choice, I won't be using them again.

EDIT: just realised that I had the choice of DHL or UPS when I placed the order. DHL were about a dollar more expensive, but it seems (from this thread) that their handling fee is much lower. An expensive mistake.

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Old 14-02-2006, 05:49   #328
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UPS has gone up to £11 or 2.5%.
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Old 20-02-2006, 09:42   #329
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March06 Customs exchange rates announced this morning.
For US it is $1.7438 so the £18 limit is $31.38.
For anyone expecting a package from DVDSoon/DVDImport the Canadian exchange rate is $2.0115, £18 limit $36.20.
Take care people. Don't give greedy Gordon any more of your hard earned than you have to!
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Im looking to buy a watch from the states. The cost is around £1100.

Would I still be liable for customs if it was marked as a gift?
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Old 09-03-2006, 14:32   #331
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Im looking to buy a watch from the states. The cost is around £1100.

Would I still be liable for customs if it was marked as a gift?
Yes, I think so. I think the only difference "gift" makes is that it increases the threshold.

The threshold is £18 for commercial goods and (I think) £36 for goods marked as gift.

So you'll still get a hefty customs bill.
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Old 09-03-2006, 16:23   #332
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How long has the limit been £18 ? It's been that much since I first ordered from Canada nearly 3 years ago.
Does it ever change to take into account inflation ?
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How long has the limit been £18 ? It's been that much since I first ordered from Canada nearly 3 years ago.
Does it ever change to take into account inflation ?
Nope, Gordo did talk about raising it but then backed off.
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Old 09-03-2006, 19:28   #334
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That's because he'd have to get agreement from the EU to raise the limit. The EU wants countries to lower the limit, preferably to zero, not raise it, to protect the local market.

But don't think this is for our benefit; afaik, raising the charge on packages below £50 actually costs more in administration than the taxes it raises. That's why he was wanting to raise it - not to save us paying taxes, you can be sure!

It's s a standoff; lowering the limit would actually cost the Treasury even more than it does now, so Gordon doesn't want to lower it, while the EU doesn't want to raise it either.
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Im looking to buy a watch from the states. The cost is around £1100.

Would I still be liable for customs if it was marked as a gift?
Yes.

For one thing gift just lifts the limit to £36, and another there are strict rules defining just what is meant by 'gift'. Buying a watch yourself from a US internet site does not count. It has to be a private gift from a friend/relative, not purchased on your behalf, and of occasional/anniversary nature. ebay doesn't count either. i.e. a "gift"

Proof is another matter, but if it was posted from a company, forget it. Chances are it will go through x-ray and they'll see an expensive watch and just think "yeah right", but given it's way over even £36 it'll cost you an arm and a leg. Oh, and getting a company to falsely declare the item is fraud

If however Mr. Brown hadn't lied to us and increased the limit for travellers bringing items back to £1000 as promised, then it may have been worth you buying a cheap ticket to NY and bringing one back. Sadly he (like all of Labour) lied .

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£18 is fairly low, I'll have to wait until there is a sale to be able to buy boxsets (like West Wing S3 onwards).

Are CD-WOW and AxelMusic, the only two that do R1s and are based/shipped in Europe please?
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£18 is fairly low, I'll have to wait until there is a sale to be able to buy boxsets (like West Wing S3 onwards).

Are CD-WOW and AxelMusic, the only two that do R1s and are based/shipped in Europe please?
Loaded247.com are another one. However their prices aren't that much different and are already effectively 'loaded' for the customs charge.
Probably best to wait for a sale at Amazon.Com and also keep checking the bargain forum.
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Old 22-03-2006, 10:01   #338
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Loaded247.com are another one. However their prices aren't that much different and are already effectively 'loaded' for the customs charge.
Probably best to wait for a sale at Amazon.Com and also keep checking the bargain forum.
Thanks, just found Loaded247.com, yes their prices could be better and would be same to buy from CD-WOW (if they stocked a decent selection), or as you said wait for the Amazon sale.... managed to get a good price from CD-WOW with recent £8.75 voucher, but discounts aside, it is a waiting game with Amazon!

Thanks.

PS: Cannot wait for the re-released Capricorn One to be a sensible price!

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Old 27-03-2006, 10:44   #339
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April 06 rates just up on the HM Revenue and Customs site.
US dollar £1=$1.7469 which equates for the £18 limit to US$31.44
Can dollar £1=$2.0368 which equates for the £18 limit to Can$36.66
I don't think Gordon classified ordering dvds from abroad for less than £18 as 'tax avoidance' in his budget speech last Wednesday, so you can carry on your R1's with a clear conscience!
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I've had a bunch of packages in the last few days, and not one of them had the Mount Pleasant stamp on it. They were all under the limit anyway.
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