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    Quote Originally Posted by Merlin4458
    lol. there must be a legal way. I doubt big companies pay **** loads of tax on there massive shipments
    Yes they do, they just pay all of the charges on an account and pay it each month.

    The only legal way is to stump up the extra vat and customs charges.

    http://www.hmce.gov.uk/channelsPorta...ageImport_Home
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    I think the biggest point raised so far is that if you buy from overseas and it goes tits up your pretty screwed, and its going to be a hell of a hassle to get anything replaced at all, add that to the fact your likely to get hit with an iport tax bill that would take the value of the item up to what it cost here anyway and it just turns into a gamble... and I say if you have that kind of cash to gamble with then just buy it from the UK.

    And to voice my opinion on eBay, I dont really trust it, and I wouldnt buy computer parts off anyone on eBay becuase of the many risks involved, and the fact that something listed as new may be someone overclocking nuts 6 month old gfx card that he/she ramped up majorly and ditched for a new model, it might look new to the eye after a dust off, but you just dont know.

    Saying that though, I was looking on eBay myself at gfx cards, and some of the offers are tempting... but in the end of the day its going to have to be a sweet deal for me to take that risk.

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    ....u can also buy stuff from Sinapore/Hong kong/Taiwan/China.....
    Still cheaper!!!
    Espeically those latest gadgets from Hongkong...
    Im now having my holiday in Shanghai, China...
    I went shopping yesterday, saw the latest X850 XT PE....cost around 380GBP...
    I think its not yet out in the uk yet.... so maybe i ll bring one back soon...

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    I meant get your friend who is american to come over with the laptop that way it looks like its for business use.

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    Please drop the talk on how to import illegally guys, i dont have time to clean up threads at the moment, so if it continues the threads will just be removed.
    Talking about how to import things to get them cheaper is one thing, talking about how to defraud the government is another.

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    Understandable agent. I dont wanna do anything ilegal, lets git this straight. But everyone would like to get things cheaper if POSSIBLE. what about close and stuff u buy form the US. I have brought 200 pounds worth of cloths back from US before,and had no probs :S. Is is jsut electircal items ?

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    Just somthing to bare in mind: Dell warranties are internationally tansferable.

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    Dell also give u bugger all for ur money, unless u mean buying form the US still?

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    An interesting figure but the Royal Mail parcel force delivery section usually has a figure of around £3million in outstanding import tax duty at any point in time.

    They pay up front and then charge you to release the item. When you consider the amount of items they ship thats an awful LOT of outstanding import tax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by |SilentDeath|
    hmm well. What about if theres no reciet, invoice etc.. in the box. No price tags. Customs wouldnt know how much you payed..

    If you dont thinkthatll work, get him to rebox it, and write "broken" on a white lable, stick it too the pcb. They cant charge you for that?!
    Your goods won't be insured for their value then, so if your parcel gets lost... you risk losing some serious money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clstrphbc_donut
    Well, if your friend shipped it to you, and customs caught it, you MAY have to pay OVER 50% of the cost of the goods. Im sure the figure was somewhere around 85-90%.

    Heres my thread i've dig up, have a read

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    Sounds odd, whats stopping his friend *REALLY* sending him an expensive present?

    Think about it, how are they to know that it isnt a real gift

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcos
    Sounds odd, whats stopping his friend *REALLY* sending him an expensive present?

    Think about it, how are they to know that it isnt a real gift

    Because how often do you send friends really expensive gifts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oakey
    Because how often do you send friends really expensive gifts?
    True , but i still believe they could not charge you for receiving a 'gift' from your friend, even if you did pay for it. As long as it was sent to his house first, i would not put up with any charge they try to impose.

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    I've been sending frends in the UK expensive gifts! I just hope they dont figure out what I'm doing...

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    I thought you could only send items with a value lower than £18 as 'gift'? And if you've been declaring a lower value then it's fraud, and, as I said previously, the goods won't be insured to their real value. Which will cause you problems if anything happens.

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    I tried using the TARIC database to see how much duty would be payable. It comes up as zero-rated (for a complete PC system). Anyone know if that's correct? If so then you would only be liable for VAT wouldnt you?

    http://europa.eu.int/comm/taxation_c...h=01&Year=2005

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