Customs & Excise on EBay purchases

Customs & Excise on EBay purchases

10 posts
24 Feb 2014
AndiCallen
Photographer
AndiCallen
Looking to buy a new lens off eBay from overseas seller.
Anyone done this and got stung for duty?
Thanks

Posted 24 Feb 2014
anthonyh
Photographer
anthonyh
Look for those sellers that guarantee they will cover any import duties...there are a few.

I got stung on a s/h lens...and had to pay a 'collection' fee to Royal Mail as well.

Posted 24 Feb 2014
dominicdgt
Photographer
dominicdgt
I'd look at DigitaLRev as a better option as no import taxes are added, with Ebay expect the full amount of Tax plus a fee from the courier, a few sellers, mainly USA will included all the fees up front but this with postage can become expensive. My new Sigma lens from Hong Kong was faulty, I had to send it off to Sigma UK and claim the money back from the seller (as agreed by them) there was a longer delay than I'd have liked but I got the £130 plus back in the end, These are the risks you take. I'm not finding Amazon listed equipment is massively different in price from foreign alternatives especially when you factor in Tax!

What's your potential saving?

Dominic

Posted 24 Feb 2014
AndiCallen
Photographer
AndiCallen
Dominic I'm after a Tamron 24-70mm F/2.8 Nikon mount. £585 from Hong Kong. Simply Electronics have it for £549 but I've never heard of them and they seem to be overseas too.
Best UK stock price I've found is £650 on eBay. Digital Rev have it for £689, do you recommend them? It's £809 with Wex!

Posted 24 Feb 2014
Skid2
Photographer
Skid2
AndiCallen
Dominic I'm after a Tamron 24-70mm F/2.8 Nikon mount. £585 from Hong Kong. Simply Electronics have it for £549 but I've never heard of them and they seem to be overseas too. Best UK stock price I've found is £650 on eBay. Digital Rev have it for £689, do you recommend them? It's £809 with Wex!
We have a Simply Electronics store in Hazel Grove and another just off Levenshulme so it may be they are a nw store. A couple of lads at work used their online store but said they were very very slow in the delivery
Posted 24 Feb 2014
dominicdgt
Photographer
dominicdgt
There's this forum note on Amazon about simply electronics worth a read,

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Reviews-of-Simply-Electronics/forum/Fx2L8YAWZTSCQUK/Tx2JDL36I8HDYBS/31?_encoding=UTF8&asin=B00065GZL2

I would recommend always checking Digital Rev to start with but I find the gap now not as big so the warranty issues mean I'm less likely to go with them if the margins are say £50-60. I don't like the look of that Simply electronics website, there are a few that come up that all look very similar, your security might be to pay via credit card,

this site below too looks dodgy, they might be able to sell you the item, its the support you get when things don't arrive, are late, damaged, used, faulty, not as described

http://www.tiptopelectronics.co.uk/tamron-sp-24-70mm-f-2-8-di-vc-usd-lens-for-nikon.html?gclid=COmljYrd5bwCFSbnwgod0WcA2A

Have you looked at the sigma version?

Posted 24 Feb 2014
Edited by dominicdgt 24 Feb 2014
oceanova
Photographer
oceanova
I bought 3 separate items from hdew cameras and all
delivered very quickly, grey imports I know but an English based company and prices include tax and duties

Posted 24 Feb 2014
nige_nw
Photographer
nige_nw
if buying from abroad it is probably best to assume it will incur VAT & import taxes (& handling & admin fees to the carrier such as Royal Mail / DHL ). When I imported laser discs (about 20 years ago) I seem to remember there was website that listed the various import duties which vary on the product. IIIRC t was 5.1 for cds & laserdics but photographic equipment will be different)

If you assume you will need to pay then at least you know if it really is worth it

IIRC Customs & Excise have the right to inspect every import & judge its true value irrespective of that marked on it. I am not sure if they can impose penalties or seize if they believe it is under declared.
Posted 24 Feb 2014
Edited by nige_nw 24 Feb 2014
Just look for Simply Electronics screwed me on facebbok Would not go near them.

Posted 24 Feb 2014
OldMaster
Photographer
OldMaster
Did well with Value basket (from Hong Kong I think)...a useful saving on most photo items. Paid no extra VAT or customs duty, etc...

Posted 25 Feb 2014
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