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Dave1988

Thousand Master
Anyone know what the deal is with importing? Do you have to pay import tax on everything? Never really imported anything before or is it on a certain amount you spend?
 

IncendiaryLemon

Captain Karen
AUKN Staff
Anyone know what the deal is with importing? Do you have to pay import tax on everything? Never really imported anything before or is it on a certain amount you spend?
There is a certain threshold (I think it's around £20) where you won't get charged, but if the item is valued much over that, you'll get charged 20% of the item's value plus an £8 (Royal Mail) or £14 (Parcelforce) handling fee on top.
 

NormanicGrav

(゜ロ゜)
AUKN Staff
There is a certain threshold (I think it's around £20) where you won't get charged, but if the item is valued much over that, you'll get charged 20% of the items value plus an £8 (Royal Mail) or £14 (Parcelforce) handling fee on top.
If the item is £15 or more you basically pay customs.
 

Buzz201

Mad Scientist
Anyone know what the deal is with importing? Do you have to pay import tax on everything? Never really imported anything before or is it on a certain amount you spend?
If you buy from Amazon.com (you can use your Amazon.co.uk account there too, and they'll charge you in GBP so no transaction fee from your bank), you can put the import fees down in advance. So if you get charged then, Amazon will use that money and you won't have to pay the handling fee @IncendiaryLemon mentioned. And if you don't get charged, Amazon will refund you the money you put down.

Perhaps a better option might be to buy from a UK reseller, such as United Publications (aka UP, UP1, UP1 USA) and I think Otaku.co.uk do it. Here they import the item and then send it to you from within the UK, so they deal with all the tax and handling fee and such nonsense, and you just pay a single fee and receive the item. I will however say, this is legally questionable, so you might not be as protected as if you were buying a UK item from HMV or wherever.
 

IncendiaryLemon

Captain Karen
AUKN Staff
If you buy from Amazon.com (you can use your Amazon.co.uk account there too, and they'll charge you in GBP so no transaction fee from your bank), you can put the import fees down in advance. So if you get charged them, Amazon will use that money and you won't have to pay the handling fee @IncendiaryLemon mentioned. And if you don't charged, Amazon will refund you the money you put down.

Perhaps a better option might be to buy from a UK reseller, such as United Publications (aka UP, UP1, UP1 USA) and I think Otaku.co.uk do it. Here they import the item and then send it to you from within the UK, so they deal with all the tax and handling fee and such nonsense, and you just pay a single fee and receive the item. I will however, this is legally questioned, so you might not be as protected as if you were buying a UK item from HMV or wherever.
If you're talking UK reselling, eBay and Amazon UK Marketplace. I know I got my Bakemonogatari AoA BD from eBay and I got a hell of a good price on it vs UP1 and the like.
 

Lambadelta

Cardcaptor
It's £39 for gifts and £15 for other goods.

If you go over the threshold then the value of the goods, and postage is added together, and 20% of that (it can vary for some items) is demanded in VAT (Value Added Tax), and most couriers will charge a handling fee for dealing with the HMRC paperwork for you.

Royal mail is £8
ParcelForce is £12.50 (this could of risen, its been about 2-3 years since I had ParcelForce deliver something)
Fedex is £10

Meaning its 20% of your goods total value + shipping then + handling feel
 

Buzz201

Mad Scientist
If you're talking UK reselling, eBay and Amazon UK Marketplace. I know I got my Bakemonogatari AoA BD from eBay and I got a hell of a good price on it vs UP1 and the like.
I'm always paranoid about buying from eBay, unless it's a known seller. I don't trust it and there's a high proliferation of fakes.
 

Lambadelta

Cardcaptor
I'm always paranoid about buying from eBay, unless it's a known seller. I don't trust it and there's a high proliferation of fakes.
Paypal is there to protect you. If you can prove its fake paypal will get your money back. It isn't hard to really tell if something is fake. I generally buy used anime off ebay that are clearly pictured.
 

IncendiaryLemon

Captain Karen
AUKN Staff
I'm always paranoid about buying from eBay, unless it's a known seller. I don't trust it and there's a high proliferation of fakes.
I tend to think you're fine if you're careful. Whilst obviously known sellers are good, 100% positive feedback on someone you've never heard of is still a good sign, and always look for actual pictures, not just stock photos. Fakes are normally incredibly telltale anyway, with big 'APPROVED BY MALAYSIA' stickers and generally the term END in the title. Plus, Blu Rays are very hard to fake, at least in comparison to DVD.
 

Lambadelta

Cardcaptor
If you see the words. Region 0, Japanese + Malaysian + English Subtitles, or "shipped from Malaysia" then avoid.

If the item is cheap, but only is a stock photo. Request pictures from the seller and if they refuse don't buy. Staying safe on auction sites means to not take risks if no pictures of its condition
 

Robbl

Adventurer
Anyone know what the deal is with importing? Do you have to pay import tax on everything? Never really imported anything before or is it on a certain amount you spend?
If you're in a EU country and order something from another EU country you won't pay any import taxes. But ordering from the US or Japan is another story.
 

NormanicGrav

(゜ロ゜)
AUKN Staff
Paypal is there to protect you. If you can prove its fake paypal will get your money back. It isn't hard to really tell if something is fake. I generally buy used anime off ebay that are clearly pictured.
Same, especially when I needed to search for SAO Part 3 LE. The seller Animeshumi had proper pictures and a good deal at the time.
 

Dave1988

Thousand Master
So if u buy from Amazon I've noticed you get charged import duty on the final screen ? So how do they know to refund it or not? Sorry about of a noob at this. As wanted order a few blu rays like spice and wolf trinity blood
 

NormanicGrav

(゜ロ゜)
AUKN Staff
So if u buy from Amazon I've noticed you get charged import duty on the final screen ? So how do they know to refund it or not? Sorry about of a noob at this. As wanted order a few blu rays like spice and wolf trinity blood
Basically the way it works is through AmazonGlobal shipping, which is available if you buy directly from Amazon or Fulfilled by Amazon on either Amazon US or Amazon Japan.

The import duty is calculated at the checkout section, and the GBP option is available just before paying your order completely.

The refund will only happen by chance and it will take a while for it to happen. For instance I bought Persona 4 early October and got the refund for it in early November.
 

Buzz201

Mad Scientist
The refund will only happen by chance and it will take a while for it to happen. For instance I bought Persona 4 early October and got the refund for it in early November.
That phrasing is unfair. It's not random or by chance (except to the extent that getting stopped by customs is). If you don't get stopped by customs, Amazon will refund you. If you do, Amazon will use the money for that.

I believe it takes something like 30 days to work through the system. I'm sure that listed as a specific figure.
 

ayase

State Alchemist
If you're in a EU country and order something from another EU country you won't pay any import taxes. But ordering from the US or Japan is another story.
Which is why I cut down my importing massively after AxelMusic, who used to ship releases from all over the world from within the EU, went under... That and the reduction from £18 to £15, which seemed to shift a lot of budget releases into the danger zone.

I'm sure I asked before but I'm not sure I ever got an answer, is it possible to opt out of Amazon's pre-pay import taxes these days? Frankly given the cost I'd rather chance it getting caught, at least a certain percentage chance of something getting through untaxed is better than no chance when you pay up front.
 

Buzz201

Mad Scientist
Which is why I cut down my importing massively after AxelMusic, who used to ship releases from all over the world from within the EU, went under... That and the recuction from £18 to £15, which seemed to shift a lot of budget releases into the danger zone.

I'm sure I asked before but I'm not sure I ever got an answer, is it possible to opt out of Amazon's pre-pay import taxes these days? Frankly given the cost I'd rather chance it getting caught, at least a certain percentage chance of something getting through untaxed is better than no chance when you pay up front.
If you don't get taxed, you get the money back. The chance is (theoretically) the same either way.
 
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