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US / European DVDs

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by BallJoint, Dec 21, 2001.

  1. BallJoint

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    I keep reading posts about cheaper DVDs from US and Europe. Can anyone recommend any good sources for them and what about things like import tax and postage?

    Sorry if this seems like a daft enquiry.
     
  2. LV426

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    I invariably use

    www.play247.com

    for US titles. They are also competitive on UK releases.

    Another good source of inexpensive discs is

    www.ezydvd.com.au

    in Australia.

    Before you buy US or Australian discs, you must ensure that your DVD player is a multiregion one. If it isn't already, it will need modifying. Depending on the make/model, it may require a sequence of keystrokes on the remote - either once to make it multiregion, or each time to change regions as necessary. OR, again, depending on the make/model it may require to be "chipped" ie have the firmware replaced with a multiregion version. If the last option is necessary, it is usually necessary to send the machine away.

    Postage - Play247's prices all include shipping. EzyDVD charge AUD5.50 per disc (AUD4.50 for pre-orders).

    Customs and VAT charges are due on anything that orginates outside the EEC. They are always waived on packages worth less than £18 (including shipping). On more valuable packages, expect to pay about 22% of the value of the package, plus an admin fee of £1.20 (I think). They are not always collected however. If you get away with it, you are lucky. If not, you will have to pay the postman before he will deliver your package.

    Australia is outside the EEC so these charges are due on discs worth over £18 from Ezy. It is therefore better to ask Ezy to ship each disc separately. Liability for tax is pretty much unavoidable on more expensive items like box sets.

    Play are Jersey based and are technically outside the EEC also. However, on the one occasion when I was required to pay customs/VAT on something from them, they refunded the charge in full two days in response to an e.mail request.
     
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    try
    www.movietyme.com
    quick service,prices quoted include all taxs,reasonable postage
    ive been caught out by seeing cheap prices from us,only to nabbed at customs for the tax/vat,and then by the post office as well BEWARE
    you could also try
    www.101cd.com
    good for import cds ( a bit of the subject) but also for dvds from all regions again the price you see is WHAT YOU PAY:)
     

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