Import Vat WTF

Discussion in 'Shopping' started by Cass, Nov 17, 2016.

  1. Cass

    Cass Trail Blazer

    Customs duty £13.65
    import Vat £76.49
    clearance fee £13.50
    TOTAL £103.64  :mad::mad::mad::brb:
    For a katabolic quilt.
    My days of buying from USA are done!!!!
    UK cottage industry up your game PLEEEEEEEASE :dead:
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  2. craige

    craige Thru Hiker

    If it is katabolic you might be in trouble :jawdrop:
    It is a joke though, especially with the current exchange rate.
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  3. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Have you bought it then?
  4. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Absolutely, just a quilt and lightweight shelter maker would do
  5. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

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  6. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Services exist for shipping stuff.

    I get my mates in the US to send me things.
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  7. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    Indeed, I sometimes use USGoBuy. It has worked well up to now: they hold the packages for 3 months for free and combine into a single one. P&P is not cheap (that's where they make their money) but a lot better than ordering separately from different sellers. You get to, ahem, declare the value of your incoming shipments and that's the value that appears on the customs slip.
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  8. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    I've been on Scotty's website before but can never find any information on his products

    Trekkertent, hmmm ;)
  9. JonB

    JonB Trail Blazer

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  10. craige

    craige Thru Hiker

    Scott hates making the exact same thing over and over so everything is made custom to customers desired specs. Nothing is standard. Hence lack of details. If you message him what you are after he'll be able to make it. I believe his prices are pretty similar to US "cottages". The only reason he has a website now is because he has been hassled incessantly by certain folk :angelic::whistling:

    Not sure what the issue is with trekkertent. Seems a hit or miss on experience. Some couldn't be happier and others having an "oookworks experience" within the same time frame. Very strange. I do fancy a drift 2 though.
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  11. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    It would be nice to know what fabrics are used, how much down is in a 20*f quilt for example, final built weights, baffle types etc, lengths/widths, just the basic stuff really

    I'm not really in the market for anything but it would be nice to know these things from a pure shopping experience, I've bought UK made stuff in the past and it hasn't been a patch on US equivalents, much bulkier and heavier for the same rated quilts for example.
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  12. Graham

    Graham Thru Hiker

    :roflmao: c'mon pull the other one...
  13. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    :biggrin:
  14. JimH

    JimH Ultralighter

    Pre-Brexit there's also the European cottages for UK folks...
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  15. craige

    craige Thru Hiker

    Yeah, I agree. Rough amounts of down/average shell weights etc would be good to know.
    Not sure what you've bought previously but cottage stuff I have from the US is good in terms of materials, weight and function, but workmanship isn't exceptional by any means. Not that I have much to compare to from UK guys (bits from Paul and a couple of oookworks stuffsacks). I guess you pay more for premium workmanship, Katabatic, HMG?
  16. Cass

    Cass Trail Blazer

    Yes. Im locked in so no option but to cough up. Im ok with £20ish but i think over £100 is mind blowing :mad:
    Its sitting in heathrow i expect. :brb:
    Imagine if its rubbish OMG :bag:
  17. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    :rolleyes:
    I feel your pain, but why would you have thought it would be £20?

    Assume the worst, it's easy to calculate.
  18. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Katabatic have a great reputation for quality. Hopefully, should be the business.
  19. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    The only item I have ever escaped import costs on from the USA was a flashlight that snuck through customs on boxing day when all the customs men must have been at home rubbing their tummies.

    The gits in customs even went so far as to confiscate a spyderco Uk-penknife that I imported once, despite it being specifically designed to comply with uk law and being widely available in the UK.
  20. Gadget

    Gadget Thru Hiker

  21. Gadget

    Gadget Thru Hiker

    Perhaps we need a network of mules, like drug-mules, but for outdoor equipment! ;)
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  22. Cass

    Cass Trail Blazer

    This isn't the most expensive item i have bought from the states and i cant remember ever paying more than around £20 maybe £30 tax. Though i have got away with a few bits and bobs so i suppose its rough with the smooth :rolleyeses:
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  23. craige

    craige Thru Hiker

    Methinks you've been lucky with value declared by sellers then.
  24. Cass

    Cass Trail Blazer

    Indeed. Humility is painful (again) Arrogance is bliss :)
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  25. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    I imported a handmade gun case and the pillock who shipped it put a far higher value down on the customs slip which was based on the max insurance value rather than what I paid, I was fuming to find a VAT bill for twice the expected amount.

    At least with MLD you get a nice surprise on lower value items as Ron charges $30 shipping but the shipping only costs $12 and Ron keep the $18 for filling out customers paperwork :mad: which means you get a reduced vat bill, despite being shafted on postage.

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