Old 07-29-2009, 04:25 PM
Shopping online (overseas)...advice required!

I'm ordering some trainers/sneakers online and the best deal I have found is from an American website.

However, when I go to checkout I get this warning...

* Taxes and Tariffs are not included and will be collected C.O.D from a USPS driver upon delivery
* Brokerage fees are NOT included in shipping cost

I'm a total thicko when it comes to this sort of stuff and I've tried googling but not had much luck. Can anybody explain this in simple terms...and advise me on whether it's likely that I'll have to pay any additional fees when the items are delivered to me.

Kissy kisses to my schmoe friends.
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Old 07-29-2009, 04:38 PM
You have to check with your local customs office to see if there is any extra expenses (usually based on the cost of the item). If it is shipped as a gift, I do not think you have to pay anything extra, just the shipping. Some companies will do this for you, some wont.
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Old 07-29-2009, 04:39 PM
What site are you shopping on?
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Old 07-29-2009, 04:45 PM
Last time I read that I got charged like 50 extra for customs. I'd either check how much it'll cost beforehand, or find a different online store.
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Old 07-29-2009, 05:06 PM
Originally Posted by RicochetShaw View Post
What site are you shopping on?

Maybe I should just get them from a British site... although they are around $28 more that way.
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Old 07-29-2009, 06:28 PM
I bought a coat from the US which cost $140, when the postman turned up , he had a customs form which demanded that I pay a further 24 before he could hand it over. This was the only problem I ever had with any kind of international shopping though. usualy it is fine. I mostly buy my stuff from e-bay, and ask the seller to mark the item as a gift, which as Blown Camaro said, some companies will do for you and some won't, (usually not in my experience). Apparantly the threshold for tax and import duty for any item coming into the UK from outside the EU is 18!! Which is crap! Get the trainers from the UK would be my advice, unless you can find them on e-bay!
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Old 07-29-2009, 06:32 PM
Thanks for the advice everyone...I think I'm going to go for a UK company that has imported the sneaks just in case.

Spice...is that Louise Brooks in your avatar?
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Old 07-30-2009, 07:23 AM
Originally Posted by BadCoverVersion View Post

Spice...is that Louise Brooks in your avatar?
It is indeed, one of the most revolutionary, rebel rousing, anti-establishment actresses of all time.
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