Buying a macbook from the us to uk

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by dan84, Aug 6, 2010.

  1. dan84 macrumors newbie

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    Hi im visiting the US in a few weeks, im looking to buy a MacBook. I have a few questions:

    1. Will I have to declare the Macbook through customs and pay extra bringing it back? If so how much am I looking at?

    2. Will I have any problems with our diffrent voltage and frequency? As the US differs to the UK.

    Thanks for any help
     
  2. TZRaceR6 Guest

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    1. Not sure if you have to declare or not, go here: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/customs/tax-and-duty.htm
    However, I have gone to and from the U.S. a couple of times now and never been stopped to ask about my laptops.

    2. You won't have any problems with voltage. The magsafe adapter takes care of this issue. Only thing you need to do is order (e-bay is a good place) the U.K. plug portion. This is the part that slides in and out of the magsafe adapter. You can change out for a U.S., U.K. or other Euro plugs easily.

    P.S. I'm a U.S. citizen that lives in the U.K., so all of my laptops are U.S. versions. I prefer not to pay nearly 50% more for a computer if I don't have to. It's complete robbery by the gov't. Kind of like how our annual road tax doesn't even go to maintaining the roads!
     
  3. molala macrumors 6502a

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    I'd check the price of the MacBook at Dixons at the airport before your trip. It would be tax-free and might turn out cheaper than buying from the US, especially if you have to pay customs on return.

    To be honest, I never met anyone who declared a laptop bought outside the UK to customs. Just don't bring the box back.
     
  4. Xenophon macrumors regular

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    You SHOULD declare it. Whether you do or not is your business but don't cry if you get caught. What you'll have to pay on declaring is import duty (low, couple %) and the relevant VAT rate in the UK. If you get caught not declaring, add a hefty fine.

    Only concern is the plug.

    No, it goes toward maintaining an accessible social security/medical care system. How much does good medical coverage cost you or your employer in the US?
     

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