peekaygee73 wrote:subzero wrote:Also another cheeky way around the VAT is to ask the seller if they can ship the item as a gift and mark the value under $20, 90% of sellers won't do it for obvious reasons but you can get lucky and get a surprising "yes" from the seller, usually when they just want to get the sale for an item that's taking a while to sell. I bought a He-Man MOC figure this year for £430 with shipping and paid zero import
Risky though; if it's sent as gift you're not covered should your item disappear in the post. When you're talking about a 5% customs charge (and I know it involves a lot of red tape to claim back as they usually charge 20%) it's worth paying for the peace of mind on an expensive item.
Isn't that more of a risk on the seller's part?.. I always assumed it would only affect the parcel sender if it went missing?
Because on ebay you can buy anything from the states and not have any control over how the seller ships it, so wouldn't ebay protect the purchase anyway for the buyer?, because it's down to the sender to make claims for their missing parcels.