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Re: Import duties when buying from US?

Postby bamsefar1 » Sat Dec 18, 2010 12:09 pm

I bought a Seiko wristwatch from a US netshop two weeks ago. Arrived two days later, with no VAT or other expenses added. The cost of the watch was US$ 290 incl. postage costs, which was a bargain for me.

I understand by the postings above there should have been expenses added to my import. So it seems a bit random :!:

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Re: Import duties when buying from US?

Postby badpenny » Sat Dec 18, 2010 1:05 pm

Don't you find that life is random in general? !!UHOH!!
You pay your penny and pull the handle, where the reels stop on the whole is unpredictable, except that there will always be a fair sprinkling of lemons. :#:
How many times I wonder do we pass somebody in the street who only a few moments later has something life affecting happen to them, nobody saw it coming and it could just as easily have been you rather than them. :NBG:
'!'

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Re: Import duties when buying from US?

Postby mervyngoodhew » Sat Dec 18, 2010 6:44 pm

I just brought a payphone from America costing £500. I had to pay £100 customs charge.

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Re: Import duties when buying from US?

Postby treefrog » Sat Dec 18, 2010 8:55 pm

You don't think they were making reverse charge calls :burp:

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Has anyone bought from an American Auction House on Line?

Postby markymark » Thu Mar 29, 2012 8:33 pm

Topic merged - site admin.

Just wondered if anyone here has experience of importing a slot machine purchase from America (to the UK). How much does it cost, is it safe buying from on line Auction Houses (not necessarily Ebay in States), and is it worth the hassle? Your own experiences, or other collectors you know would really be of use to me.

Thanks

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Re: Has anyone bought from an American Auction House on Line

Postby jra » Fri Mar 30, 2012 6:11 am

Hello Markymark,
I have bought about 20-25 machines from the States over the last couple of years and never had a problem.
Postage varies from £30 to £150 depending on size and weight. The killer is the VAT@ 20% on top of the purchase price and on top of that Parcelforce charge £8 handling fee. So a machine that seems fair price once you have done the conversion from $ to £s by the time you add all the extras they do not seem such good value. I hope this answers some of your concerns.
Regards, JRA.

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Re: Has anyone bought from an American Auction House on Line

Postby coppinpr » Fri Mar 30, 2012 6:21 am

I've bought small trade stims from the US at very low cost and postage and sometimes they slip in without the VAT. It's just your luck really.

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Re: Has anyone bought from an American Auction House on Line

Postby doofus » Fri Mar 30, 2012 3:02 pm

I've had no problem with US Ebay sellers, mainly because I can establish postage charge very accurately and the pictures show condition well enough, especially if you ask for more. The big auction houses like Morphy and Julia are a different matter. I've found their descriptions are often way off and the post and packing charges can be horrible. When you add commission, then it makes you wonder if it's worth it. Like the guys say, customs charges are a matter of luck, but some sellers will use the "Gift, value $100" trick that can tip the odds in your favour. Others make you feel like a criminal (which I guess you are !!UHOH!! ) for asking.

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Re: Has anyone bought from an American Auction House on Line

Postby markymark » Sat Mar 31, 2012 9:23 am

Thanks guys, really appreciate your experiences.
I guess if it's a machine that you just can't get here, then it's probably worth the extra.
If anyone else has more experiences of going about buying from USA would love to hear those too.
Cheers.

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Re: Has anyone bought from an American Auction House on Line

Postby daveslot » Sat Mar 31, 2012 3:30 pm

Bought a Jennings bandit there, cost $500 postage plus tax and VAT when it arrived. Also have bid live at the Vegas sale. I registered to bid, waited hours for the machine, then when I pressed to bid the computer had a fit and failed to bid. So not a good experience buying in the States.


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