Johny-come-lately Head Torch

Discussion in 'Gadgets & Tech' started by Fossil Bluff, May 30, 2019.

  1. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    Could still get stuck in customs & end up with a VAT bill :mad:
  2. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Ultralighter

    Well, funny thing is... the message that it was at the postal centre changed to say it was with air transport or s9mrtnung like that... now it says it’s with the Chinese postal centre again. :(

    I don’t mind paying tax on it, I just want the bleddy postman to deliver it.
  3. dovidola

    dovidola Section Hiker

    I don't have too much problem with paying the VAT (it's the rules after all). What I object to is when the Royal Mail hit me last Friday with a £8 'Handling Charge' because HM Customs slapped £3.11 VAT on the just-over-£15 import value (from China, courtesy of Gearbest). Not amused. This has never happened to me with AliExpress. My first and last Gearbest transaction.
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  4. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Ultralighter

    Oh that’s not good.

    How long did your AliExpress delivery take?
  5. dovidola

    dovidola Section Hiker

    Ali was much quicker - around 2 weeks usually. This Gearbest delivery took 5 weeks.
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  6. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Ultralighter

    I contacted Zebralight to ask if they could look into where my package was, I got this reply:

    “The registered airmail normally takes two to eight weeks. Sorry for the waiting.

    Online status may not show the destination carrier's status...”


  7. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Ultralighter

    Arrived today.

    There’s a label on the packet saying I owe £8 handling charge and £3.50 vat

    But the postman delivered it - I thought they were supposed to hold it until I paid them?
  8. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    They are. :whistling:
    Lucky you :thumbsup:
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  9. Baldy

    Baldy Thru Hiker

    give the money to the window cleaner to pass on.
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  10. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Ultralighter

    Don’t get me started on that useless Git!

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  11. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Ultralighter

    Ooo, that’s great :thumbsup:
  12. Ian Barton

    Ian Barton Backpacker

    Be careful. It will appear on somebody's accounts as an unpaid debt. It will then probably get passed onto a debt collection agency who will harass you. Years ago Fedex claimed I owed them some sort of handling charge on an imported item, which I didn't. After several months of threatening letters, it went to the Small Claims Court. I had al the relevant documents prepared, plus they never sent me a copy of the invoice showing me the outstanding debt, which I had requested. Debt collectors didn't turn up at court, so I got a nice bonus in costs for my time and effort in preparing my defense.
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  13. Fossil Bluff

    Fossil Bluff Ultralighter

    Ooo, maybe I’ll just go and pay the post office.

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