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Old 23-05-2006, 20:17   #361
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a very useful thread indeed m8, thank you for spending the time to do this, another great forum member

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Old 02-06-2006, 14:52   #362
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A bit earlier than expected, but I suppose it is the last Monday in the month. HMRC have announced the exchange rates they will be using for June06 to calculate our £18 allowances.
US $1.8856 which equates to an £18 limit of $33.94
Can $2.0907 which equates to an £18 limit of $37.63

The rates have improved significantly from our point of view.
There's a few things I can now 'afford' to buy which I couldn't in May. For example my order for Have Gun Will Travel S3 will be made over the next few days.
Damn ! NCIS Season 1 is $34.96 !!!
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Old 02-06-2006, 17:55   #363
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Try the DVDpacific sale; many items are around 5% off..
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Old 02-06-2006, 18:15   #364
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Try the DVDpacific sale; many items are around 5% off..
$4 more exensive unfortunately !!!
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Old 04-06-2006, 01:05   #365
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Seems that DVDPacific have got what I want - in their sale .... West Wing (season 4+). The price (including cheapest shipping) is £21 (ish). How much duty do you think I will get hit with?

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Old 04-06-2006, 01:34   #366
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if caught about £8-9, worked out as something like £4 RM fees and about £4.50 or so customs/duty if memory serves.

Having said that i've had a funny old time with RM catching packages from DVDPacific recently, I had them catch a package worth £18.05 (yes, it was 5p over the limit at the rates they were using), but miss a much bigger one that was worth over £60

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Old 04-06-2006, 02:35   #367
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I had some replacement pc parts sent over from HK, the value was declared as US$40 (so about £25), but I received a letter from FedEx asking me to pay £23.48 for "Disbursements out of scope of EU VAT" @ £18.98 + "Admin Fee" @ £4.50.

How did they work that out?

Btw, is it true that there is gonna be a new import law in July increasing the tax on electrical goods to put people off buying their gadgets from abroad ealier than their UK release?

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Old 04-06-2006, 07:09   #368
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I had some replacement pc parts sent over from HK, the value was declared as US$40 (so about £25), but I received a letter from FedEx asking me to pay £23.48 for "Disbursements out of scope of EU VAT" @ £18.98 + "Admin Fee" @ £4.50.

How did they work that out?

Btw, is it true that there is gonna be a new import law in July increasing the tax on electrical goods to put people off buying their gadgets from abroad ealier than their UK release?
Sounds weird, could it be the Duty charge? That could be higher for parts - it is very small, at 3.5%, for DVD's.

It wouldn't surprise me to see taxes rise on electrical goods.

After all, they have to find some reason to make us "want" to buy overpriced, second rate European made stuff that lags about a year behind everywhere else.

I seem to recall a proposal to raise the tax specifically for LCD TV's, which are so much cheaper to import than to buy in Europe...
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Old 27-06-2006, 08:31   #369
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What's going on with HMRC? I would have expected July's exchange rates to have been on the site on the 19 June, We're now a week past that and it still isn't there.
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Old 27-06-2006, 10:21   #370
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It's normally the last Monday of the month, so they certainly should have been there yesterday. I've been checking every hour or so. Perhaps the guy that does them is on holiday.
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Old 27-06-2006, 16:24   #371
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Well anyway it's up now.
1.8434 USD to the GBP, so that's £18=$33.18.
Fortunately the pound wasn' tall the way down to 1.82 by last Wednesday.
2.0394 CAD to the GBP, so that's £18=$36.71.
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Old 29-06-2006, 13:34   #372
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I want to order a West Wing R1 boxset and cannot find a UK supplier of the R1 fifth season. So, i can use PlayUsa or ********* - does one experience less luck than the other customs wise?
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Old 29-06-2006, 15:49   #373
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Loaded247 has it. EU based, so no additional taxes to worry about.
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Loaded247 has it. EU based, so no additional taxes to worry about.
If you're replying to Barney Tabasco, I'm not sure he was referring to that company -- your post hasn't been censored as his was.

EDIT: Just realised, when you said "has it" you don't mean "is the winner of those two". D'oh!

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Old 29-06-2006, 19:30   #375
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Loaded247 has it. EU based, so no additional taxes to worry about.
Darn it, i didn't know of those guys and i've already ordered from Play. It's been dispatched too.

Fingers crossed!
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Old 24-07-2006, 13:05   #376
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August rates:

1.8396 USD to the GBP, £18=$33.12.
Sadly the pound pushed past 1.85 on Friday, a couple of days late.

2.0833 CAD to the GBP, so that's £18=$37.50.
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Old 07-08-2006, 22:56   #377
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can anyone recommend a site tha you dont get stung with import taxes

or is it unavoidable now
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Old 08-08-2006, 07:43   #378
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can anyone recommend a site tha you dont get stung with import taxes

or is it unavoidable now
Pretty much. It's really hit and miss with the main, decent, USA stores.

Only way you're guaranteed to avoid it is to order from a place like Loaded247, who pay the taxes. The price you see is what you pay. But generally, the price you see is more than what you'd pay if you ordered direct and paid the taxes anyway. But it saves you a trip to the mail depot.
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Old 08-08-2006, 07:51   #379
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thanx for that

are loaded247 reliable?
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Old 25-08-2006, 13:20   #380
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September Customs exchange rate now has now increased from £1 = $1.840 to $1.894 which moves the £18 customs limit for the US from $33.12 to $34.09. Correspondingly for Canada rate now increased from £1 = CA$2.0833 to $2.0979 which moves the £18 customs limit from CA$37.50 to CA$37.76.
Exchange rate valid from Friday 1 September 2006 to Saturday 30 September 2006.

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