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    Buying from the USA....

    I know a couple of members have recently bought items from America.

    I just wanted to know if the VAT invoice had caught up with you yet?

    Im keen to order a fair amount of clothing, but would rather avoid the subsequent rip off britain charges.

    Oh, and I dont think I can ask the clothing company to pack and deliver the parcel as a 'gift' or without tags and reciepts etc....

    Anyone got experience here?

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    I do, basically "Gift" is only to a certain value also and you may get charged customs.

    All american companies need to apply tax also, both state and US and there is no way around it.

    You will be hard pressed to find any companies that will send you stuff as "gift" and even without tags all items need to be declared a certain way when exported as "goods" or "gifts".

    Only way you can ask is to have no tags and for them to right the value of Gift as $10 or something.
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    Seems a bit hit an miss from my experience.

    The ones I have had to pay tax/excise on, weren't released from the post office depot till I paid up . Other smaller parcels have come straight through with no extra to pay. There was a load of gen on the last US Postal service box I had, but it's been recycled and used to send something else off, so I can't help you there

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    crap. Only option is to make a mate in the USA and get them to buy and send the clothes over. bummer.

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    If you've got a mate over there then that would probably be easier. Everybody seems to think putting gift on the parcel is a way around it, it's not, as said it's only upto a certain value. To get round it they need to put warrenty replacement on it. Smaller parcels usually get through ok, it's only when you start buying bigger things that get sent via couriers rather than the postal service that really get charged.

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    Cheers for the advice

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    I've bought clothes from america before. If you buy them one item at a time then the parcels will be small and they'll go through ok.
    just bought some trainers from k-swiss in america and they don't have any customs charges on them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gazTD
    I've bought clothes from america before. If you buy them one item at a time then the parcels will be small and they'll go through ok.
    just bought some trainers from k-swiss in america and they don't have any customs charges on them.

    Good news

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    I bought an incar screen from the states ages ago for my GSi, got it at a very good price considering what was on offer in this country at the time, screen cost about £190, and that was it... Great!!D, but.......

    a month later, a DHL envelope came through the post, they wanted another £50, that was including a £10 admin fee and the usual VAT and duties, rubbish

    never again, unless absolutely necessary

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    Byron you can fly to the US for pennies now so here is what to do

    book as cheap a flight as possible and go over with the shirt on your back

    stay for a max of a week and buy suit case and fill the bugger

    gets you what you want without the p+p and a few days hols
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