Cheaper by half ?

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Shipping items from america

In previous guides we have seen how you can get the same mx items you want from america for in some cases just over half the price in the uk.

all well and good BUT ? and as they say in america its a big ass BUT.
there is such a thing in our country a customs charge? this is what you have to pay if the items you buy from america are valued at more than $50.00. Thats about £27.00 in uk money.

The dreaded vat

NOT ONLY WILL YOU PAY A CUSTOMS CHARGE YOU ALSO PAY VAT ON THE PACKAGE PLUS THE HANDLING FEE BY THE COURIER SERVICE.

The shipping side of it all
when a parcel is shipped from america to england the sender of the parcel must fill out and attach a customs note to the package. this note contains the information about the items inside the box, ie how many items and how much the value of the items is in total.

Is it a gift, ?
the same customs note must specify the nature of the purchase. ie gift, merchandise, or sample.
in most cases the note will be marked as a gift.

More problems ahead
most people in america will try to save you having the hassle of such a customs charge so they will mark up the box as a gift and lets say for a dollar value of $40.00.
well that should save the hassle of ther customs charges.maybe so?

So you get around the customs charge
so now what happens if your package goes missing in transit.Well this is a simple one to answer. you can only claim your $40.00 as that is what was on the customs shipping note that the seller filled out and put on the box. so lets say you purchase $300.00 of goods. and the customs note only has $40.00 on it and it goes missing . i will let you do the maths.

Conlusion
it may look cheap in the beginging but if it all goes wrong it can be very costly. so my advice is check out all the pit falls first. in most cases you will be fine but do the research before handing over your money. 

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