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dont buy from america

offline freqy on 2007-09-26 11:37 [#02125035]
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i just got charged 59 dollars for import taxes ,vat and
handling charges./clearance fees.

and i had to pay postage took 3 weeks,

i payed near 90 dollars in total to get a 3 lb 0 oz item
across the atalantic via rowing boat.

hahahahahaha...great days!

regrets i've had a few ...but then again many to

i think if you ask it to be labelled as a 'GIFT@ and ask
them to use an 'AEROPLANE' you might be o.k!


offline tolstoyed from the ocean on 2007-09-26 11:41 [#02125037]
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you should have made some sort of deal with'd
send him gescom and he'd send you back your of
extra charge and all that nonsense.


offline bogala from NYC (United States) on 2007-09-26 11:46 [#02125039]
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You live in Monaco. The play ground of the rich. I supposed
to feel sorry for you?


offline bogala from NYC (United States) on 2007-09-26 11:47 [#02125042]
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When I send stuff overseas I say its a gift, its worthless
and I send via airmail.


offline horsefactory from 💠 (United Kingdom) on 2007-09-26 12:00 [#02125048]
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thanks freqy, I'm just collating your HOT LIFE TIPS into my
filofax as a matter of fact.


offline freqy on 2007-09-26 14:24 [#02125139]
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thanks horsefactory i'm glad something good will come of

yes label 'gift' very important

the guy didnt even say sorry. neither hello or goodbye.

im writing to his suppliers ...i doubt they give a smeg tho
..probably happy to see sales are going well and buy a
bottle of wine on the way home ..maybe a toy for his child
too?...( aww sweet, i hope so:) haha


bogala ....i might clean toilets in monaco, y never know.


offline rad smiles on 2007-09-26 14:26 [#02125142]
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do you clean toilets in monaco, sport?


offline ecnadniarb on 2007-09-26 14:51 [#02125159]
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He's a coin operated glory hole operator.


offline Ceri JC from Jefferson City (United States) on 2007-09-27 05:57 [#02125361]
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Don't blame America, blame your country's customs and

Dunno about other countries, but writing "gift" on things in
the UK these days is more likely to attract the attention of
customs as they know it's a much-used ploy. The actual value
of goods you can have as a "gift" is stupidly low too. The
best bet if buying something that someone who doesn't know
much about the field (eg electronics components, etc.) would
be hard pressed to place accurately, would be to value it as
less than it is really worth. I wished they would have been
prepared to do this when I bought my X0X box as a value of
£25, it wouldn't have raised an eyebrow in customs, had
they inspected the kit. Of course if you elect to do this,
insuring it at more than the declared value will draw their
attention too. So, this means effectively shipping it
without (or with dramatically reduced) insurance.

I'm sceptical about whether or not they do, but an
acquaintance at customs claims that they notice if people
are recieving lots of shipments from abroad and are more
likely to clamp down on you. I don't think they're that
organised: I know one lad who completely overhauled his
motorbike with well over £1500 worth of tuning parts (sent
in about 8 different packages) and never paid any duty on
any of it. Whereas I get hit for duty about 50% of the

General rule of thumb: Only buy from abroad if the price +
33% is still less than the cost here, or if it's something
not available in your country. This latter situation really
riles me as the "moral" reasons for charging customs duty do
not apply in this case, but it makes no difference to their
ability to charge it. :(


offline elusive from detroit (United States) on 2007-09-27 13:53 [#02125552]
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i almost peed my pants many a times waiting for "gifts" to
clear customs into sweden




offline optimus prime on 2007-09-27 14:28 [#02125555]
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i think we actually had this exact same topic before.


offline futureimage from buy FIR from Juno (United Kingdom) on 2007-09-28 11:01 [#02125868]
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Same thing happened with my Elektron Machinedrum.


offline Sido Dyas from a computer on 2007-09-28 11:04 [#02125871]
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Fuck that! this is the time to buy from USA
The dollar is at an all time low.
Zoo York sneakers here i come !!


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