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Fri 04/11/05 at 06:11
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If I were to purchase some DVD's and games from America/Canada what are the chance I'd have to pay a bill from customs?

If I were to order items in bulk (ie shipped all in one go) would the customs bill be any lower?

Do you have any tips for someone considering importing some games/DVD's from across the pond?

Edit: I'm thinking about DVD's that SR don't sell and considering a few games that aren't available in PAL format so this doesn't clash with any sales SR would be making.
Fri 04/11/05 at 20:19
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I've ordered loads of stuff from the USA and haven't been charged.

Where loads = a few items.
Fri 04/11/05 at 16:00
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Tiltawhirl wrote:

> Package came with a note on the front telling me the charges, but I
> never paid it and didn't hear anything.

I think if it's just a small amount they won't really be bothered as they're more interested in big operations.
Fri 04/11/05 at 15:51
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Bullett wrote:
> I've only been hit for Custom's once, by Lik-Sang/DHL. I never
> actually paid it though - no reminders came either and this was about
> 2 years ago...

I had the same with Play.com.

Package came with a note on the front telling me the charges, but I never paid it and didn't hear anything.
Fri 04/11/05 at 14:37
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Ouch.

Do I get punched or kicked?
Fri 04/11/05 at 14:08
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"+34 Intellect"
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If the value is over 18 and the package is marked merchandise you will be hit. If it is marked as a gift and the value is over 32 you will be hit. The price you pay is usually a clearance fee with VAT tagged on.
Fri 04/11/05 at 10:31
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Interesting.

British custom on the mainland is one body right? There's no separate Scottish customs or Welsh customs, right?

Just trying to work out what my options are.
Fri 04/11/05 at 10:20
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I've only been hit for Custom's once, by Lik-Sang/DHL. I never actually paid it though - no reminders came either and this was about 2 years ago...
Fri 04/11/05 at 10:07
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Hmmm. So If I get some sent all-together I'll either avoid the customs charge or have it pay a large one when individual packages might mainly have slipped through...

I wonder if Jersey customs bill for non-uk imports...
Fri 04/11/05 at 09:44
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"Wants Spymate on dv"
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It's a gamble lets put it that way.
Though I haven't ordered much from them recently, I have ordered quite a few US dvds from dvdpacific in the past, and it seemed quite hit and miss as to whether I'd get charged a customs fee. The last few orders I made with them all got hit, so I'm guessing that if you regularly get stuff from overseas like that you become a marked man as it were.

The thing is, although my dvdpacific orders mostly get hit, they still end up costing me quite a bit less than if I'd have bought them from UK based region 1 dvd sellers, even with the customs charge (it's mainly anime I buy from there, certain boxsets are a heck of a lot cheaper (sometimes by 10 or even 20+) and even regular anime dvds cost roughly 10 as opposed to 15+ from the UK based sellers).
Fri 04/11/05 at 06:11
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If I were to purchase some DVD's and games from America/Canada what are the chance I'd have to pay a bill from customs?

If I were to order items in bulk (ie shipped all in one go) would the customs bill be any lower?

Do you have any tips for someone considering importing some games/DVD's from across the pond?

Edit: I'm thinking about DVD's that SR don't sell and considering a few games that aren't available in PAL format so this doesn't clash with any sales SR would be making.

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