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aksel26
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May 28, 2010 16:16 |  #1

Hi,

I am interesting in buying the Richard Franiec S90 custom grip.

I live in the UK and have never bought anything from an American website. Richards website charges $4.50 for international delivery.

Does anyone who has bought something from Richards website know what import taxes and duties will bring the total cost of UK delivery to?

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May 28, 2010 16:35 |  #2

How much is the grip without shipping? I know for items coming into the States, usually they are exempt from taxes if they are under $50. Not sure if that rule applies to the UK.


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May 28, 2010 17:06 |  #3

$32.95 grip + $4.50 delivery




  
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May 28, 2010 21:19 |  #4

I bought his grip for my g9. Great quality, easy to install. Shipped quickly.

I've bought a g11 since. Regrets? Richard doesn't make a grip for it. The g9 was much better in my hand, than the g11 is and I thought I would grow into it.

Should have bought a S90 and grip. Truly.


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May 28, 2010 22:58 as a reply to  @ 2mnycars's post |  #5

I buy stuff from overseas all the time.
Be warned it is slower to send stuff USA->UK than
UK->USA! I know no other country that takes as long as them.

Ok on stuff that costs more than 18 squid you are liable for VAT and Duty depending on what category it is in. Yes this item could technically be stopped under the rules as it is close to 23 ish quid and is therefore liable for import VAT but not Customs Duty. But the chances of it happening are remote. It depends a lot on what he writes on the parcel.
The way I look at it, factor in the cost of VAT and duty into the total cost and if it doesn't get stopped see it as a bonus.
It honestly won't though they have bigger fish to fry. Couriered stuff is the worst they always get stopped. Royal Mail is fine unless it is really expensive or big or dodgy looking.


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May 28, 2010 23:51 |  #6

Whatever the VAT and Duty would be for this grip (and it couldn't be that much), it is worth it and more. For me, this grip made the difference between what felt like a slippery bar of soap and a very usable and excellent camera.


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May 29, 2010 05:14 |  #7

Lara loo wrote in post #10264926 (external link)
The way I look at it, factor in the cost of VAT and duty into the total cost and if it doesn't get stopped see it as a bonus.
It honestly won't though they have bigger fish to fry. Couriered stuff is the worst they always get stopped. Royal Mail is fine unless it is really expensive or big or dodgy looking.

I order a lot of stuff from the US and it almost always gets stopped for VAT if it's over the £18 limit. On something like this you'll pay around £4.50 VAT and something between £8 - £12 for the courier company to collect it from you! Parcel Farce are probably the worst - they'll get the package through customs and then hang on to it until you pay the VAT. But to do that you need a special number - which they can only send to you via snail-mail:eek:

If it's sent from the US via USPS then Parcel Farce will be in charge of it from this side. It'll take 1-2 days to get across the Atlantic, 1-2 days to clear customs, 1-3 days for Parcel Farce to send you the magic number, 5 minutes for you to pay the VAT and charges online, then 1-2 days for them to deliver it. So it can take almost two weeks for you to get it - most of that time with it sat in the UK waiting for incompentent morons to push bits of paper around.


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May 29, 2010 06:26 |  #8

hollis_f wrote in post #10265999 (external link)
I order a lot of stuff from the US and it almost always gets stopped for VAT if it's over the £18 limit. On something like this you'll pay around £4.50 VAT and something between £8 - £12 for the courier company to collect it from you! Parcel Farce are probably the worst - they'll get the package through customs and then hang on to it until you pay the VAT. But to do that you need a special number - which they can only send to you via snail-mail:eek:

If it's sent from the US via USPS then Parcel Farce will be in charge of it from this side. It'll take 1-2 days to get across the Atlantic, 1-2 days to clear customs, 1-3 days for Parcel Farce to send you the magic number, 5 minutes for you to pay the VAT and charges online, then 1-2 days for them to deliver it. So it can take almost two weeks for you to get it - most of that time with it sat in the UK waiting for incompentent morons to push bits of paper around.

I've never had anything stopped ever and I do generally go over the 18 pound limit. And I get stuff all the time from outside the EU.
As I said couriers are the the things to avoid as they almost always get stopped. I refuse to accept anything by courier unless it is from an EU country. If it is small and innocuous looking Royal Mail are the way to go.

I have to say it is the fees the carriers charge to process it through customs that really wind me up. I know from friends who have been bitten by high priced items that Parcel Force and DHL are both total bankers! The thing is my stuff is usually just over the limit not massively over it.

If it was a pricey item I would expect it to get stopped. I figure they just can't be bothered and that suits me just fine. ;) Like I said to the OP factor it in as an expected cost and if you don't have to pay it think of it as a bonus.


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