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Buying from the USA.

I am looking to buy an item from the USA. It is a Radio Scanner. It says on the sellers listing 'No additional import charges on delivery'

as it is being posted through GSP. Is there definitely no import charges to pay?

The scanner is $447.47 so I am thinking about £360.08.

Am I correct?

Thanks in Advance.

AOHO

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Re: Buying from the USA.

in reply to raffles142009

there won't be any charges when the item arrives in the UK,

 

 

but there will be at checkout,

 

 

look at the postage and payments tab,

 

 

that will show the postage costs and the import charges you will have to pay.

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Re: Buying from the USA.

in reply to pixiesen2012

Cheers @pixiesen2012. I almost bought it at £360.08. Phew Close shave

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Re: Buying from the USA.

in reply to raffles142009

out of interest how much were the extra charges?

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Re: Buying from the USA.

in reply to pixiesen2012

pixiesen2012 wrote:

there won't be any charges when the item arrives in the UK,

 

 

but there will be at checkout,

 

 

look at the postage and payments tab,

 

 

that will show the postage costs and the import charges you will have to pay.


That is right, if it is the Global Shipping Program notice together with the postage in the listing. The amount is simply paid to Pitney Bowes, who keep some and pay a reduced sum on the total value of a large consignment. It can be good  value for some items, since you don't have to pay the admn fee, £8 or £13, charged by Royal Mail or Parcelforce, for doing the clearance. But it can be miserably bad for others. There was a period in their  early  days when they charged it for items under the £15 threshold for taxes being payable in the UK. I think eBay were persuaded to lean on them about that. But it is sometimes charged for items, like books, which shouldn't be charged import taxes at all. Specialist booksellers know to  opt out, but some bargains come through estate sales etc. to sellers who know no better.

 

One problem is that if it is an auction, you don't know how much higher it may go than the amount you see. Also in the past a few sellers used to put a note in their listing text that duty wouldn't be payable, when in fact it was charged. I think they were mostly in Middle Eastern countries which  aimed at the US market, where the threshold is higher.

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Re: Buying from the USA.

in reply to mr._standfast

@pixiesen2012 It was £77.22 Took the scanner to £435.14. 

 

Here is a breakdown..........

 

Subtotal (1 item):
£340.10
Delivery to CF48:
£17.83
Import charges:
£77.22
 
Total:
£435.14
 
It makes a cheap Radio very expensive. I was there (Orlando) last August and picked one up, same radio off 'The River' and delivered to my hotel next day for £131.00. Happy Days.
Thanks indeed for the heads up. Much appreciated
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Re: Buying from the USA.

in reply to raffles142009

Would that be for a whistler TFX-1 ?

JUST CURIOUS -as that seems to be the hot item  at the mo and thats ball park the price

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Re: Buying from the USA.

in reply to cockneydevil

@cockneydevil Actually, it is not a Whistler, and it is TRX. It is a hot item, I got a Whistler 3 weeks ago for £90 brand new in the box. The seller just had it and had no idea what it was and why anyone would buy him such a gift so we swapped I gave him £90 and he gave me a brand new Whistler, although it was the WS1098 and not the TRX series, which is just a later version.

This item is Uniden version with a faster scan rate and bigger memory I believe, always been a fan of Uniden, this is the BCD996XLT.

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Re: Buying from the USA.

in reply to raffles142009

I only asked as my NDN wanted me to buy one for him last week, He has no CC email ,or PP account and likes to pay cash for his stuff

 

So i used mine to buy the one the UK  supplier had at just shy of £430 .

 

 

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Re: Buying from the USA.

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raffles142009 wrote:

@cockneydevil Actually, it is not a Whistler, and it is TRX. It is a hot item, I got a Whistler 3 weeks ago for £90 brand new in the box. The seller just had it and had no idea what it was and why anyone would buy him such a gift so we swapped I gave him £90 and he gave me a brand new Whistler, although it was the WS1098 and not the TRX series, which is just a later version.

This item is Uniden version with a faster scan rate and bigger memory I believe, always been a fan of Uniden, this is the BCD996XLT.

AOHO


superb bargain Raffles


I only asked as my NDN wanted me to buy one for him last week, He has no CC email ,or PP account and likes to pay cash for his stuff

 

So i used mine to buy the one the UK  supplier had at just shy of £430 .

 

 

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Its not rocket science
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Re: Buying from the USA.

in reply to cockneydevil

@cockneydevil I have a Facebook group for scanners. If you PM me I will give you the details.

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Re: Buying from the USA.

in reply to raffles142009

lol

he hasnt got a facebook account either

Given his aversion to technology 

 

ne has a 1500 quid metal detector , four grand bicycle , and a 150 pound torch - theres nowt so weird as folk is there

 

 

Sorry I should have said £150 torch , a 150lb torch would buckle that bike

 

but i will PM you , it might awaken his interest somewhat in social media

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