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Re: Customs Charges

Postby stormcab » Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:38 am

subzero wrote:Iv'e just paid £20.50 for a MOC that cost me £77 because the seller decided at the last minute not to send it as a gift like they said they would, because and I quote "I found out it's illegal to send it as a gift"...... :| gotta watch out for that SWAT team smashing into your house because of your 'gift' package I suppose lol.

And to top it off when I examined the bubble I found a split in it which the seller told me they actually knew about but couldn't be arsed to describe in the listing. :( :( :(


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Re: Customs Charges

Postby subzero » Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:39 am

stormcab wrote:
subzero wrote:Iv'e just paid £20.50 for a MOC that cost me £77 because the seller decided at the last minute not to send it as a gift like they said they would, because and I quote "I found out it's illegal to send it as a gift"...... :| gotta watch out for that SWAT team smashing into your house because of your 'gift' package I suppose lol.

And to top it off when I examined the bubble I found a split in it which the seller told me they actually knew about but couldn't be arsed to describe in the listing. :( :( :(


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The other moron comment they told me in response to the bubble was "the listing did say the bubble was in used condition"...

Bit of a difference between the words 'used' and 'split' ( damaged ).
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Re: Customs Charges

Postby weasel » Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:16 pm

subzero wrote:Iv'e just paid £20.50 for a MOC that cost me £77 because the seller decided at the last minute not to send it as a gift like they said they would, because and I quote "I found out it's illegal to send it as a gift"...... :| gotta watch out for that SWAT team smashing into your house because of your 'gift' package I suppose lol.



If the package was coming from the States then it is true that it's illegal to mark something as a gift when it isn't. Sellers do seem to be quite reluctant to do it as well. I don't quite know why, as you say the SWAT team is unlikely to raid their homes. I have heard of a lot of sellers over the years who refuse to do it, as is their right of course, we are asking someone to break the law. Even if it is a stupid trivial law it is still illegal.
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Re: Customs Charges

Postby subzero » Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:26 pm

weasel wrote:
subzero wrote:Iv'e just paid £20.50 for a MOC that cost me £77 because the seller decided at the last minute not to send it as a gift like they said they would, because and I quote "I found out it's illegal to send it as a gift"...... :| gotta watch out for that SWAT team smashing into your house because of your 'gift' package I suppose lol.



If the package was coming from the States then it is true that it's illegal to mark something as a gift when it isn't. Sellers do seem to be quite reluctant to do it as well. I don't quite know why, as you say the SWAT team is unlikely to raid their homes. I have heard of a lot of sellers over the years who refuse to do it, as is their right of course, we are asking someone to break the law. Even if it is a stupid trivial law it is still illegal.


Ah yeah I do understand that to be fair, i'm all with it being their right to choose to do it or not. It just slightly annoyed me when the seller said they will happily do it which was the only reason why I bought it from them, then they decided to do a u turn on it and not tell me and let me find out when I got the VAT demand weeks later. Apparently not a single person has ever been prosecuted or fined for sending something as a gift, but like you say it is their choice which is true.
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Re: Customs Charges

Postby weasel » Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:15 pm

Yeah, understandable. Common courtesy dictates he could at least drop you mail to say he hadn't marked it as a gift.
Though given it has a cracked bubble, I assume you're sending it back, or looking for a partial refund. If it's the latter, I'd be looking for a little more than normal given he has cost you a few extra quid in customs charges.
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Re: Customs Charges

Postby subzero » Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:38 pm

weasel wrote:Yeah, understandable. Common courtesy dictates he could at least drop you mail to say he hadn't marked it as a gift.
Though given it has a cracked bubble, I assume you're sending it back, or looking for a partial refund. If it's the latter, I'd be looking for a little more than normal given he has cost you a few extra quid in customs charges.


Yeah I couldn't be arsed with the entire returning process since it was overseas and a fairly cheap MOC, if it was a lot more money or a UK seller then I would have, but this time I got a partial refund, I let the VAT cost slide on this one but he tried to haggle the refund amount down too much and no way was that happening. I don't think he realised just how much a split devalues a MOC, or maybe he did. :lol:
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Re: Customs Charges

Postby weasel » Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:24 pm

subzero wrote: I don't think he realised just how much a split devalues a MOC, or maybe he did. :lol:


Ohhh I bet he did!
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Re: Customs Charges

Postby TWOFOOT » Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:22 pm

I'm probably in the minority here then. Although I absolutely HATE customs charges, If its a valuable item I either ask them to ship it via DHL (they use there own planes ect and don't display the value on the outside so you rarely if ever get customs charges) or If they are using usps I ask them to put the full value on the outside. The reason for this is that you are only insured to the value of declared goods. So say it was a moc that was squashed then you would only get compensation upto the value declared. Make sense? Lol
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