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Old 06-29-2012, 03:50 PM   #61
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Lie.

5 items of steelbooks = 5 items of cheap ass DVD's on the custom form.

Myself. 5 steelbooks would = 5 x $5 = $25 = nothing to worry about.
It's the right idea unfortunately $25 is over the current £15 customs limit ($23.57 at this months HMRC rate) so to be safe I'd go for 5 x $4.50.
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It's the right idea unfortunately $25 is over the current £15 customs limit ($23.57 at this months HMRC rate) so to be safe I'd go for 5 x $4.50.
If marked gift, doesn't your allowance go up to the $150 circa mark that i said? After all, we're not buying from a business like Amazon and having them sent to us. Well, it's something to think of so thanks guys and keep em coming
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Old 06-29-2012, 06:56 PM   #63
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If marked gift, doesn't your allowance go up to the $150 circa mark that i said? After all, we're not buying from a business like Amazon and having them sent to us. Well, it's something to think of so thanks guys and keep em coming
Doubt it. Marking as GIFT you may get small amount above the £15 limit but no where near $150
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Old 06-29-2012, 10:31 PM   #64
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If marked gift, doesn't your allowance go up to the $150 circa mark that i said? After all, we're not buying from a business like Amazon and having them sent to us. Well, it's something to think of so thanks guys and keep em coming
I'd always go safe rather then sorry, remember if you go over the limit and it gets caught you have to pay VAT on the whole value of the order and the postage and then there's the Post Office ransom fee.
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Old 06-29-2012, 11:35 PM   #65
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I'd always go safe rather then sorry, remember if you go over the limit and it gets caught you have to pay VAT on the whole value of the order and the postage and then there's the Post Office ransom fee.
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Old 06-29-2012, 11:47 PM   #66
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tell the sender to lie on the declaration form they have to fill out. this is the best way. just tell them to write its a dvd with a $3-5 value like someone else said. this is your best chance at evading the customs.
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tell the sender to lie on the declaration form they have to fill out. this is the best way. just tell them to write its a dvd with a $3-5 value like someone else said. this is your best chance at evading the customs.
Ok, thanks guys. Ordering a dozen best buy steelbooks and marking them as DVDs. Better hope they don't open the package them
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A little confused by the latest discussion...

I've got three Best Buy steels packed and ready to ship for a member in Belgium. When I take it to the Post office, is there something I can do to make the shipping cost less or something? Like I said, a little confused at what's being discussed
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A little confused by the latest discussion...

I've got three Best Buy steels packed and ready to ship for a member in Belgium. When I take it to the Post office, is there something I can do to make the shipping cost less or something? Like I said, a little confused at what's being discussed
It's not really shipping costs that are the issue. It's the customs agencies for each respective country. They put a limit on the value of goods that you can have sent to you without being taxed etc which is the customs charges.

As said, seems members are using the declaration forms to mark down lower costs of the items to side step the eye watering fees you might get charged, thus driving that bargain purchase into the same price you might as well have paid in your own country.

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A little confused by the latest discussion...

I've got three Best Buy steels packed and ready to ship for a member in Belgium. When I take it to the Post office, is there something I can do to make the shipping cost less or something? Like I said, a little confused at what's being discussed
If you send those steelbooks "properly" (by legal standards), then the person receiving them in Belgium may be forced to pay customs fees for having purchased outside of their home country. That means that they will have paid you whatever amount was agreed upon + shipping AND THEN get surprised with an additional $$$ value after the steelbooks arrive. Sometimes those charges can be up to %60 of your purchase value! Therefore, skirting the issue for the buyer is always good for business.

What most people do when shipping is FIRST AND FOREMOST declare the package as a gift. There is usually a check box on the paperwork being filled out by the sender to declare it as such. SECONDLY, the value must be declared, right? Who's to say what the value is? Just write down less than the maximum value allowed for importing in that country. Probably best to state it in their native currency as well so that customs doesn't have to sit down and do a conversion. That draws unnecessary attention to the package.

In your case, it's not about saving them on shipping costs. It's about helping the recipient avoid subsequent unexpected fees which have nothing to do with your personal transaction with the recipient. Also, I'm pretty darn tootin' certain that the $29.97 USD value of the package will not be enough to warrant any import surcharges in any country other than the UK though.
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