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Discussion in 'Rants & Raves' started by AlexGSi2000, May 30, 2012.

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    [May 30, 2012]
    Just a quick rant -

    Purchased an item on ebay USA - a Symphony II+ headunit that is quite hard to find here in the UK.

    Paid $52 for shipping to the UK.
    Checking the tracking details online - the parcel arrived in the UK two days after it was sent from the US - fantastic.

    To cut a long story short, it arrived in the UK two weeks ago (15th May) - it has only just arrived at the local depo after the status read (Waiting customs clearance & charging)
    For the privilege they are charging me £58 customs.

    I honestly don't know how they can justify it - especially when I can get stuff delivered from China in a week without any customs.
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    [May 30, 2012]
    the charge aint for delivery
    its for vat and tax on the item you bought
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    [May 30, 2012]
    if the item was marked as a gift then you wont have to pay vat.
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    [May 31, 2012]
    The item was marked as a gift!
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    sometimes the gift thing dont work
    iv had to pay duty on 3 items sent as gift
    with them comeing from a company there not daft
    only ones i get through as gifts now are the ones sent from mates
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    [May 31, 2012]
    Yep if there is any invoice or even a printed address containing papers then its a little hit and miss. Seems steep but they work it out on total price inc delivery. So for car imports it used to be 10% duty + VAT.
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    [May 31, 2012]
    I had a similar thing. I got 8 new arp bolts from IE in America. Payed £41 for the bolts and £40 delivery. I then got a note from parcel force saying I owe a £38 customs charge!! All for 8 frigging bolts!
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    [May 31, 2012]
    I had to get a recoil buffer for a gun I own and there is only one place in the world that makes them, and charges $40, plus $38 postage to the UK. And when it got here I was hit with £24 of assorted charges.
    The piss take is that its a small round bit of plastic. 21mm in diameter and 11mm high with a 40 degree taper, and its cost me the best part of £100.
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