Re: buying from oversease--custons? was RE: [OM] FS: Check this one, som

Subject: Re: buying from oversease--custons? was RE: [OM] FS: Check this one, some cool stuff there...
From: Acer Victoria <siddim01@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 24 Aug 1999 11:50:38 -0700 (PDT)
On Mon, 23 Aug 1999, Ingemar Uvhagen wrote:

>Acer Victoria wrote:
>> I know that when I sold my Zuiko 75-150/4 to Europe, the buyer had a
>> nasty surprise: 400f the price of the lens. Dunno if Ingemar ever
>> managed to bypass that....
>Well Siddiq, I suppose that Zuiko 75-150/4 you mentioned above, was the one
>you sent to me, unless you have sold another one?

Yes, that was the one.

>I remember it vaguely (a kind of self protection, I guess): Paying $105 for
>the lens, shipping and insurance. No worries about that. But what did gave me
>a worry, in fact I almost had an heart attack, was that the custom
>authorities added their bit of cost. On top of that the authorities had added
>tax on the custom duty cost, *then* they added another tax on the value of
>the lens...!!!
>I am not sure about the final cost (I have thrown that note) but in my email
>to Siddiq, I mentioned I had to pay $48 extra, meaning $153 if I am right.
>That would be an extra cost of 45.7%... Doesn't sound right, but as I said I
>don't have the note left.

Indeed, you did mention that customs added 40something.

>I did try to appeal against it without success.

Sorry to hear abou that; this should be a lesson to all international
buyers and sellers: find out if you're gonna get taxed for items. I have a
vague recollection about my dad grumbling over the customs he had to pay
when we moved. A lot of stuff was shipped via cargo (sea), all personal
household items, nothing new. Still had to pay for that. 

/Acer "steppenwolf" Victoria

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