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Import taxes
« on: 17.10. 2014 12:31 »
Has anyone ever bought anything from US ebay? I ask this question because, having never seen one advertised for sale in the UK, I bid for and won a Goldstar 8" single sided finned front brake hub. The price was a very reasonable $55. The cost of shipping at $66 (surprise, surprise!) turned out to be more than the purchase price of the brake hub. Does anyone know how much the import costs are likely to be? I am assuming that because the total sum ( purchase price + shipping) is under £135 that I will only be liable for VAT. Am I correct in my thinking?
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Re: Import taxes
« Reply #1 on: 17.10. 2014 15:31 »
I bought many times something for my CX on E bay USA, but the shipping cost are (to) high.
In Holland we pay also BTW (VAT) and import costs.
I stopped buying in the USA, only on EBay GB and DavidSilverSpares.co.uk but the shipping cost from England to Holland are also high, but now import and VAT
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Re: Import taxes
« Reply #2 on: 17.10. 2014 21:01 »
I think the only ones making money these days are the transport company's. I think we (Australia) has the most expensive. One part cost $60 to come from the US, I had to return it at a cost of $110 *eek*.
Down here if the item/s are under $1000 there is no import or gst (vat).
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Re: Import taxes
« Reply #3 on: 17.10. 2014 21:28 »
Hi A10,
I have bought a few of these hubs from USA,
If you can get it sent by US post then usually it arrives to your doorstep without charges
I have found that any of the well known couriers will add Duties to the total  *razz*
The best trick is to have it posted to someone you know in USA and then forwarded as a personal gift  *bright idea*

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Re: Import taxes
« Reply #4 on: 17.10. 2014 21:33 »
hi guys, yes the same down here. I wanted to but an item from the States listed at $245 us. shipping was going to be $126 us. so no go. Musky, we had the same as you items of $1000 or less came straight to the door but that has been cut to $400 after retailers complaining that they could not compete with internet sales! cheers
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Re: Import taxes
« Reply #5 on: 17.10. 2014 23:23 »
Yes kiwipom, their talking the same here.
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Re: Import taxes
« Reply #6 on: 17.10. 2014 23:50 »
Unfortunately its almost to the point that buying anything overseas that is larger than a book is just not viable. Postage costs have gone mad.

This also applies to the seller as well. I recently sold a pair of plunger units on e-bay, they weighed 6.6kg and were in a box 32x24x11cm. I had a enquiry from a guy in the USA and the cheapest way to send them was still going to cost $160. The thing is e-bay charge the seller their commission on the total amount, not just the price of the item so as a seller it would have cost me an extra $16 to sell them to the States. They sold to a buyer here in Aus so it worked out ok.

E-bay's commission is 10% of the total including post or any other charges and Paypal a further 2.5%.

So as an example if you sold something heavy for say $100 but it cost $200 to post it to another country then as a seller you have to pay e-bay $30 in commission and another 2.5% ($7.50) to Paypal. So at the end of the day you end up paying $37.50 out of your $100.

All this makes it hard for both buyer and seller and puts a lot of items out of reach.

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Re: Import taxes
« Reply #7 on: 18.10. 2014 08:25 »
Yep, just about everything I look at is more to post than the item. A65 barrels $125, post from Seattle US $160.
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Re: Import taxes
« Reply #8 on: 18.10. 2014 09:41 »
I like Johns idea, in the Uk ,could we adopt one of our USA cousins? that way " uncle Richard " for instance could save us a lot of cash which we can repay in beer ,hospitality when we entice him over here to get some par...erm  *whistle*take the wife on a vacation !!*smile*just a thought ,Bob
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Re: Import taxes
« Reply #9 on: 18.10. 2014 22:43 »
Best is to give a call to customs before buying something from outside of your tax zone.
A while ago I ordered 2 T-shirts in Australia for a value of €37 postage included. I ended up paying €25 import duty on top of that *contract*
How much does that count for a rip-off...? *problem*
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Re: Import taxes
« Reply #10 on: 20.10. 2014 12:07 »
I've 'enjoyed' a mixed bag of fortune on import duties - there seems to be a random factor involved. I always ask the vendor to mark the packaging as 'used' motorcycle parts or some such.

Downside I've found on being stung on smaller items at least is not the duty which can be a paltry couple of quid, it's the £8 handling charge you get stiffed for before they'll hand it over at the sorting office.
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Re: Import taxes
« Reply #11 on: 20.11. 2014 17:42 »
This thread just caught my eye because I'm planning to buy some new car parts from Australia and have been trying to find out what the actual rate is....does anyone know?
Have been hunting about on google and so far best idea I've got is between 5 and 85%....plus Vat!!!

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Re: Import taxes
« Reply #12 on: 20.11. 2014 18:48 »
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Re: Import taxes
« Reply #13 on: 20.11. 2014 18:59 »
Hi to all. I bought something from America cost £60.00  + p+p £19.00 size 8" x 4".
              Paid on 8thOct  check the tracker 17 drops got it on the 29th Oct.
               Should be 3 -5 days. Do they answer the e-mails  NO.  Bob.
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Re: Import taxes
« Reply #14 on: 20.11. 2014 21:15 »
The best postal service I've ever had any experience with was U.S.P.S.
I purchased a set of floating disc brake rotors from California USA on a Tuesday night,
Express Air to Australia $17.50 ...  they were at my door Friday ...  *yeah*  USPS

But there have been HORROR stories as well...  *rant* 
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