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I'm looking to purchase an Onkyo 605, i found a great deal on a US site who will ship to the EU. He mentioned the differences in the power supply between the US and Europe. If i plug in the US receiver is it likely to blow up in my face?
who knows.but if it is,can you return it?
warranty issues,import costs,would be a concern to me.
and you can pick up one over here,for a few pounds more,but have the support/warranty from a face to face/uk retailer.
Yeah its the step down convertor i need. The shipping costs are expensive but it still beats the nearest price by almost 100. After delivery its 380, the best deal online from a European store comes to 500.
Even if it does dodge the VAT and duty charge on the way through by the time you've bought a voltage converter to run it you will have saved very little and be in the wonderful position of having no warranty without returning it to the USA.
Some things are worth trying to buy in the USA, this sort of thing isn't.
When importing, if you ask the sender to declair the item as 'Gift' they never get checked by customs. Well, I don't know a single person who has been charged by customs, and I myself have imported many large packages from the US. Have never been charged.
Try it I've got a US PS3 on it's way to me from Video Games Plus. I asked them to declair it as a gift, which they usually do
You do realise that false declarations on customs forms are a punishable offence?
In any case, it isn't the gift status that makes a difference as there is no block exemption for gifts, it is the value you put on the package.
You then get caught in the insurance trap, if someone fraudulently values it at say 20$ and it gets lost in transit then that's what you'll get back, 20$, so it isn't really such a good idea in the end.
Trying to get a small light package with a few DVDs past customs is one thing, doing it with a large heavy amp box is quite a different prospect.
As ever some may not get noticed others will. USPS takes longer but doesn't get the same level of checking as say UPS or the other major couriers as they will declare the value, pay the tax and charge you a handling fee for the work.
That is completely wrong advice, anything over £25 (iirc) in declared value is subject to VAT (including shipping). Sometimes you get away with it but I find most of the time I don't especially when the parcel is from the USA.
It is a commercial transaction not a gift but that really doesn't matter, the important thing on the declaration is the value, there is no such thing as 'gift' exemption in the UK, it is only the value that determines if you have to pay tax and duty on the item.