Lara loo wrote in post #10264926
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
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.