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    Senior Member Driftwood's Avatar
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    Default Online Purchase from UK

    I'm looking at buying a radio online from the UK.
    It will be in access of the $1000 limit, so will likely have to pay duty.
    Any tips or advice from anyone who has done this ?
    Things that may not be obvious in the initial purchase ?

    I can buy the same item from Australia but my pricing so far indicates this to be the dearer option.

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    Default Re: Online Purchase from UK

    Jaysus....I couldn't imagine spend a grand on something I couldn't see and touch pre-purchase, and then take with me.

    I'll spend fifty bucks on rabbit treats online, and even then Animates manages to completely cock it up.
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    I occasionally buy small items from the UK that I can't get here, but never going to spend that amount.

    I send small items to my sister who opens them and puts them in an envelope to send on, often quicker than ordering from Auckland.

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    Default Re: Online Purchase from UK

    As In said, I'm looking at.
    The item is unavailable in NZ & unlikely to be, according to the agents.

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    Have bought stuff from Amazon UK and never had a problem. Never at that price though.

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    Default Re: Online Purchase from UK

    Some people spend lots of money on motorcars.
    I can't drive anymore, so are spending a small amount on something I can drive.
    Amazon would be my preferred choice also but currently out of stock.
    Two recent purchases from Amazon US have been quick & easy, but they don't stock this model. (volume knob is on the wrong side)
    It just the duty/customs side that is the grey area.

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    Didn't we just have a post where it was decided that anything worth under $1000 drew no tax or gst payment on arrival?
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    Find out from the UK supplier if the make the sale sales tax free or not. If they don't you'll be paying double GST . The UK one and NZ one.
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    Default Re: Online Purchase from UK

    If over NZ$1000 , incl freight

    you may need to use an import broker to process this for you.
    It will no longer be as simple as paying duty .

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    Default Re: Online Purchase from UK

    Quote Originally Posted by Driftwood View Post
    It will be in access of the $1000 limit, so will likely have to pay duty.
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    Excess.

    So if you're happy to pay that, whats the problem? You want it, they have it, just do it. Customs will notify you of what you need to pay.
    Or give them a ring and ask, they are helpful. I had great service when I used to import books for my shop.
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