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#1 OFFLINE   Craig

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 11:07 AM

I bought a model from America tthe other week, last Monday a Parcel Force invoice arrived for me to go collect it (I knew I'd have to pay a bit, but wasn't expecting this) I got a bill for £361 ($570)  :bawling: on a model which cost me a bit under £150 ($225)

I was thinking, wtf?? How comes it so high? I called the HMRC (Her Majestys revenue & customs) & said the amount it cost, the lady said that things were very wrong, she investigated & told me that the value they'd put down was $2258 - in fact it was written as $225.00 only they'd got confused  :rolleyes:
In the end the correct amonut was £35 - It had me going for a bit, I can tell ya!!!

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 11:12 AM

Wow that's insane. I'm glad they quickly corrected the problem and didn't give you the run around.

$570 on an item valued at $2258 is still too high..pretty much 25% of the item.

Edited by m_power, 01 October 2011 - 11:13 AM.


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Posted 01 October 2011 - 11:15 AM

Yep the VAT amount was almost £300 - then it had duties of £64 & then the post office handling fee of £8

They were great about it, getting to speak to someone was hard though, but once they were on the phone it was ok.

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 11:18 AM

I was going to say it must be UPS delivered!  :giggle:

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 01:00 PM

View Post[KRAFTIG], on 01 October 2011 - 11:18 AM, said:

I was going to say it must be UPS delivered!  :giggle:
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Posted 01 October 2011 - 01:05 PM

I thought it was courtesy of UPS too when I read it first lol

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 01:12 PM

I know you must have been freaked out at first Craig, but isn't it nice when you get one over on the authorities!!   :wavetowel2:  

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 01:25 PM

down here in NZ we only pay the 15% 'GST' (Goods and Services Tax) VAT i suppose to the poms, on items over $400NZ coming over the border...none of my models come close to that... haha

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 02:58 AM

View Postmairandeddy, on 01 October 2011 - 01:12 PM, said:

I know you must have been freaked out at first Craig, but isn't it nice when you get one over on the authorities!!   :wavetowel2:  

I love happy endings....  :wavetowel2:
Cheers Eddy, I'm pleased they realised the error pretty much straight away.

I'll get some pics up of the model later on, it's lovely & I'm really pleased to have it, bit different from my usual stuff but I love it.

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 01:18 PM

I got a bill for £70 a few months back for a model which cost me about £170. Turns out they were calculating the tax and 'forgot' to convert $ to £, so I was being billed for two hundred and something dollars worth! Well done Parcelforce, well done.
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Posted 03 October 2011 - 02:43 PM

Wow, that's crazy

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 03:01 PM

This reminds me of buying concert tickets through ticketmaster nowadays.  (Except it's not a typo :mad2: )

I bought 5 tickets to a show a while back for me and some friends.  They were $18 each.

So that's $90 for them...., well not quite.

My total came to $135!

Convenience and Handling fee was $9 per ticket!!!!!!! for a $18 ticket.  It's such bullsh!t that they can do that, but I'm used to adding approx. $8 to any ticket to a concert I buy.

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Posted 04 October 2011 - 12:46 PM

I had details on how to calculate UK import duties on diecast all worked out and posted on another forum but it got lost sadly.

A common theme seems to be anything that comes through Parcel Force is charged. Not sure if anyone can confirm other companies have charged or not.

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Posted 04 October 2011 - 01:17 PM

View PostJV97, on 04 October 2011 - 12:46 PM, said:

I had details on how to calculate UK import duties on diecast all worked out and posted on another forum but it got lost sadly.

A common theme seems to be anything that comes through Parcel Force is charged. Not sure if anyone can confirm other companies have charged or not.

Parcel Force has stung me many times......what is worst is not the duties, but the Parcel force 'brokers fee', from memory  .they charged me £3.50 Tax on one item and added £8 brokers fee......likewise about £7.50 Tax and £12 broker fee....  :wtff:

It is a year or so since I stopped buying from anyone using USPS/ UPS as they all link with the Swansea Parcel Force (with me being in West Wales) - who NEVER let a parcel through without levying a charge.....  :bawling:

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Posted 04 October 2011 - 05:21 PM

I noticed that they charge for all parcels from America now, but they never charge for any parcels from Asia. I just received a £ 100+ delivery each from Japan and Hong Kong and they didn't charge me a penny! I also received a $48 parcel from America and they gave me the whole nine yards including the £8 broker charge. This is by no means the first time this has happened and it seems to happen in other EU member countries too. Hence I also only buy very little from the US atm., and obviously not only you and me. I have it from several US dealers I know for decades that their EU business practically collapsed.

However, there is something the Americans could do if they'd be interested in export - charge less for postage. A lot cheaper methods of shipping are available than the standard USPS/UPS. However, one has to look into these things, but most American vendors don't seem to care.
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Posted 05 October 2011 - 06:45 AM

Watch out for Asia, I got a charge for a model from HK - never had one charged from there before (we're supposed to get charged though) I had to pay £15 on a £70 model, which sucks ass tbh! Especaily as they'd put 40 USD on the price (I didn't ask them to do that)

It really annoys me as lately all I've seen on tv is the government going on about being great trading partners with the US & how things have never been better - yet we get f*cked up for import duties etc! Something isn't quite right there.

I'd read about watching out for (and not using) senders shipping by USPS & UPS, but I'd forgotten which ones to stay away from. It's a shame really as there are a few models I want from the US that I can't get here, but I'm not willing to pay extra on top, so it looks like I'm gonig without.

Edited by Craig T, 05 October 2011 - 06:46 AM.

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Posted 09 October 2011 - 09:21 AM

View PostMerkurKing16, on 03 October 2011 - 03:01 PM, said:

This reminds me of buying concert tickets through ticketmaster nowadays. (Except it's not a typo :mad2: ) I bought 5 tickets to a show a while back for me and some friends. They were $18 each. So that's $90 for them...., well not quite. My total came to $135! Convenience and Handling fee was $9 per ticket!!!!!!! for a $18 ticket. It's such bullsh!t that they can do that, but I'm used to adding approx. $8 to any ticket to a concert I buy.

I absolutely REFUSE to pay TicketMaster their ransom. I'm fortunate that I live in the center of SoCal so any sporting event or concert I want to attend is within driving distamce and I can go to the venue box office. But it blows me away how many of my friends will pay that freakin "convenience fee" without even noticing it.

Also, did you know that Mexico has a 100% tax on imported items from China?
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