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Sonia's back for Rosemary
I bought her and was given a 20 percent discount voucher off the price, and paid reasonable postage, but on arrival had to pay custom's duty - which, strangely enough, didn't happen when I bought Rupert (from America).
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Jan
3:52 PM on August 20, 2016 
Julie (Brooksey) Hardy says...
Rosemary wasn't lucky to avoid extra charges on her chair and cushions - they weren't payable because the value was under £15.00.


Thank you Julie never knew that.
Freda Knight
11:52 AM on August 20, 2016 
Brooksey - you are an expert - it will be great to refer to these points for any further endeavours across the pond.
Brooksey
11:15 AM on August 20, 2016 
Rosemary says...
So is it cheaper with the eBay Global Shipping Program?

Only slightly. Any VAT due is levied at the same rate, but there isn't the £8 fee to Royal Mail or Parcel Force to pay when the item arrives in the UK. The main advantage is that you pay upfront, so you know what the damage is at the time of the sale - there are no nasty surprises at this end.

Not all eBay international sellers subscribe to the Global Shipping Program.
Rosemary
10:18 AM on August 20, 2016 
So is it cheaper with the eBay Global Shipping Program?
Brooksey
8:35 AM on August 20, 2016 
Freda Knight says...
Ah - thank you, Julie - I've destroyed the box, but it had something about 'customs payment' for EU countries - which was an extra (unexpected) £13.70 - it's probably something to do with the fact I will have paid (already) for the US post from California to London and this extra charge appears to have been levied as it entered the British postal system. Everything is a learning curve, but I'm just glad she arrived safely.

The VAT due IS collected by Royal Mail, on behalf of HMRC, when the package arrives in the UK. It is levied at the standard rate of 20%, on the full value of the goods, not just on the amount by which it exceeds the £15 exemption limit. The collection and handling charge is currently £8, so you will have paid £5.70 in VAT.

You won't pay this extra charge on arrival on items over £15 if they are sent through eBay's Global Shipping Program: any VAT is calculated and charged at the time of the sale, along with postage. These two fees (tax + postage), payable to Pitney Bowes, are taken at the same time as payment for the goods as a total for the sale, but show as a separate payment to Pitney Bowes on PayPal and bank statements).

(I do a LOT of buying from the USA! As much as possible, I keep under the £15 limit, but for something rare/special, I'm willing to pay the tax. I've only had to pay import duty once - when I got the four Pevensie children for Ketterley. VAT is still payable as well, so that was a hefty extra charge, but, because the dolls are unique, it was worth it!).
Brooksey
8:19 AM on August 20, 2016 
Jan says...
Hi again, was going to say that there are so many lovely items that I've missed out on because afraid of the extra charges from USA, you was very lucky to avoid the extra charges for the chair and cushions Rosémary, seems both myself and o/half have always had to pay and quite high amounts.

Rosemary wasn't lucky to avoid extra charges on her chair and cushions - they weren't payable because the value was under £15.00.
lallyp
7:06 AM on August 20, 2016 
Worth it though!
Freda Knight
6:50 AM on August 20, 2016 
Rosemary says...
It is a bind, those charges, Handling fee, VAT, Customs.......it pushes up what seems a bargain. My only bargain from USA was a lovely fern back chair and cushions at £13.50 and no more to pay but since then......fingers burnt badly. Thanks for view of back - there are two versions - what I call "the chic" and the ordinary. I'll post pictures of what I mean. Sonia is "ordinary" but a very nice example of Grecon girlhood.


'Nice example of Grecon girlhood' - my cup overflows. Isn't it amazing how many different variations there are of these dolls - making each and every one of them quite unique. I think this is one of the reasons I like them - they weren't massed produced.
Jan
6:17 AM on August 20, 2016 
Hi again, was going to say that there are so many lovely items that I've missed out on because afraid of the extra charges from USA, you was very lucky to avoid the extra charges for the chair and cushions Rosémary, seems both myself and o/half have always had to pay and quite high amounts.
Rosemary
3:11 AM on August 20, 2016 
It is a bind, those charges, Handling fee, VAT, Customs.......it pushes up what seems a bargain. My only bargain from USA was a lovely fern back chair and cushions at £13.50 and no more to pay but since then......fingers burnt badly. Thanks for view of back - there are two versions - what I call "the chic" and the ordinary. I'll post pictures of what I mean. Sonia is "ordinary" but a very nice example of Grecon girlhood.
Jan
7:23 PM on August 19, 2016 
Will have to return tomorrow, captchas ....
Freda Knight
5:39 PM on August 19, 2016 
Julie (Brooksey) Hardy says...
You've not paid import duty, Freda - that isn't payable on toys unless the value exceeds £135.00. You've paid VAT plus a collection and handling charge.

Occasionally, items sneak through, unnoticed. Rupert must have been lucky - unless you paid less than £15 for him. VAT is only levied above that value.


Ah - thank you, Julie - I've destroyed the box, but it had something about 'customs payment' for EU countries - which was an extra (unexpected) £13.70 - it's probably something to do with the fact I will have paid (already) for the US post from California to London and this extra charge appears to have been levied as it entered the British postal system. Everything is a learning curve, but I'm just glad she arrived safely.
Brooksey
5:12 PM on August 19, 2016 
You've not paid import duty, Freda - that isn't payable on toys unless the value exceeds £135.00. You've paid VAT plus a collection and handling charge.

Occasionally, items sneak through, unnoticed. Rupert must have been lucky - unless you paid less than £15 for him. VAT is only levied above that value.

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