Buying from USA - advice from UK clients...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Outside75, Dec 2, 2006.

  1. Outside75 macrumors member

    Dec 1, 2006
    I was thinking about getting Speck SeeThru for my new Macbook Pro.. the problem is I cant find retailer in Europe.. so I decided to get it directly from Speck. Total cost is 71 dollars which is about 35 pounds. Now my question is - how much I will have to pay in total? (VAT and import duty).. I checkd customs website but coudnt find the answer plus my math is not very good:)
    ... this case is so sweet btw...
  2. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    It depends, I think its fairly expensive - same region as VAT maybe? Its a complete guess, I've ordered lots of things off the internet from America and never been charged import duty though so you may get lucky :).
  3. SpookTheHamster macrumors 65816


    Nov 7, 2004
    It won't be much, when I last had something caught by customs I think they wanted 10% + VAT (17.5%), but it can vary with time and on different items.

    I think the point to start paying is £30, which you're just over.

    If they send it by UPS or FedEx, you WILL need to pay. If they send it by USPS, it might make it through.
  4. Addo macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2006
    As it's a computer accessory, in theory you should only be liable to pay the VAT. Don't forget that you'll pay the VAT on the whole invoice amount (including the postage) Some retailers don't include this on the invoice I've noticed....
  5. yojitani macrumors 68000


    Apr 28, 2005
    An octopus's garden
    Don't know how bulky this is and how much you can wait, but if it's not too big, I would be willing to bring it over when I go back for a visit (xmas/new year). I'll be carrying more on the way back to the US than on the way there (restocking on rich tea, pg, and marmite!), so I've got space..


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