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Importing Slimp3 to UK

Discussion in 'Headphones, Earphones & Portable Music' started by deiwise, Mar 9, 2003.

  1. deiwise

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    Hi,

    I wonder if anyone can tell me whether, if I buy a Slimp3 from slimp3.com in the US, I'll be liable to pay VAT on its import to the UK. The only thing I've ever bought online and shipped to the UK has been a few DVDs and CDs, neither of which sting you on VAT

    Any ideas?

    Many thanks

    Will
     
  2. groundy

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    You will be liable for both import duty and VAT. This could amount to as much as 25% on the final purchase price including shipping. Whether or not you will be charged is another matter though.

    You might only get caught for duty which is only about 3% to 8%. With a bit of luck you will get away with both as not all packages are stopped/checked. If you have the choice of shipping method, don't use Fedex because you will get charged full whack with them. You might ask the company you're buying from to mark a lower value down on the customs forms but this will be the amount the package is insured for if it gets damaged in the post.
     
  3. deiwise

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    Thanks for the quick reply. I thought that'd be the case - great shame, as it's a mere £177 including shipping over there...

    Will
     
  4. groundy

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    Might be worth taking the chance mate. I've ordered quite a few large purchases (over 20) from the US and HK and usually get hit for duty but have only ever got hit once for full VAT as well.
     
  5. deiwise

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    How much (in £) were the items you paid for, and how much was the import tax you had to pay? (if you don't mind my asking)

    Will
     
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    I went through a spell of importing Gamecubes + Games when they were released in Japan. The packs were around £330 - £430 each. I can't remember exactly but they usually came in shipments of 4 or 5 at a time. I do remember being hit for £99 on 5 Gamecubes, 10 games and a few other bits and pieces. Similarly, I was hit for about half that on a shipment of 4 Cubes, 8 games etc. Again, I wasn't complaining.

    One Cube + 2 games came in a single shipment with a value of £350. It came by Fedex and I was hit for £76 :eek:. I eventually paid it after about 6 months of ignoring it.

    [​IMG]
     
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    In my experience, Groundy's been very lucky! Admittedly I have brought in somewhat larger value items..... but ive got stung on every occasion for the full whack..... in fact on each occasion it seemed like full inverstigations were done!

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  8. deiwise

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    Hmmm...well, I'm not sure I can be bothered to take the risk. If only someone was risking it themselves by importing them, and selling them on cheap in the UK!

    Will
     
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    Check out this post: Audiotron

    Read down - there's a guy there importing slimp3's for £172. Don't know if he's gone ahead with the group buy yet or not, but if not, I might be interested too.

    edit: link corrected
     
  10. deiwise

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    Have PM'd him, but no response as yet

    Will
     
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    dewise ... give the man a change ... was only 4 hours or so between xio's post and yours commenting that your PM hadn't been replied to.

    Not sure if you already know this ... but if you goto your PM inbox, choose "Message Tracking" on the dropdown list, you can see if messages you've sent have been recieved, and when the person you've sent the message to was last online (unless they have disabled these options).

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  12. deiwise

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    Eh? 4 hours? The message/thread is from 13th of Feb - and the PM I sent was about 4 days ago.

    Unless I'm getting a little confused!?
     
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    sorry deiwise ... I thought you were saying you messaged him after Xio had said about the thread just 4 hours earlier.
     

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