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    Default Rip-off UK Customs - extra £66 for cams from the US!!

    Hi all,

    I can't believe it, I get them from America to save a bit, ended up costing about £260 for a set of stage I cams, they get into this country and customs feel it necessary that I don't pay enough income tax, NI, VAT, etc etc on everything I buy in this country, so they slap a VAT and customs charge on my goods. Then ParcelForce whack their lump on top, the damage...an extra £66.25 to pay!!!

    Aaaarrrggghhhh!!!

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    Dave you overlooked one thing. You live in England, you will get ripped off left right and centre in this country.

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    Just think of all the good your extra £66 is doing for the underpriveledged foreign nationals that have to survive in this great nation of ours !!!!!!!

    Back in a V6 !!!!!!!!!!!! And lovin it !!!

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    Yep, unfortunately it's the 'hidden' cost of buying things from outside the EU - can often make any initial savings quickly dwindle.

    End of the day, did you get them cheaper than if you'd bought them here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drinky View Post
    Just think of all the good your extra £66 is doing for the underpriveledged foreign nationals that have to survive in this great nation of ours !!!!!!!
    Great nation of ours, I must have missed that bit. The government has let it go to the dog,s i,m afraid.

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    I recently got whacked with a massive customs bill from the USA , never used to but I think they are a bit hotter on it now, and also parcelforces £15 hanling fee !!!!

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    That brings them into Piper Reground territory doesn't it? Live and learn mate, just think of extra horses

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan View Post
    Yep, unfortunately it's the 'hidden' cost of buying things from outside the EU - can often make any initial savings quickly dwindle.

    End of the day, did you get them cheaper than if you'd bought them here?
    Yes, would have cost quite a bit more to get blanks and have them profiled to spec. Would have cost about the same to have my existing cams sent to be reprofiled.

    Quote Originally Posted by rushy View Post
    That brings them into Piper Reground territory doesn't it? Live and learn mate, just think of extra horses
    But at least I haven't got to have the car off the road and I can always revert back to standard if I choose!

    Quote Originally Posted by Drinky View Post
    Just think of all the good your extra £66 is doing for the underpriveledged foreign nationals that have to survive in this great nation of ours !!!!!!!
    I spose that should make me feel warm inside? Is that warmth I feel or rage? LOL!

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    Yep - some times its hit and miss.... shame it wasn't marked 'gift' on the side ..... not that I have this done a lot or nothing

    BTW - There are diffent rates for diffent things - eg some higher and some lower than the 17.5 rate....

    Terran
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccsnet View Post
    Yep - some times its hit and miss.... shame it wasn't marked 'gift' on the side ..... not that I have this done a lot of nothing

    Yes I also get a few gifts aswell

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