DODGY STRATOSPHERE

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Re: DODGY STRATOSPHERE

Post by MrJagsquire » Wed Oct 14, 2020 5:32 am

We can dream...would be great if that happens as I get tired of searching for things only to find the seller is in USA. I don't know what the typical extra costs are on top, but I once got my fingers burnt buying a piece of home cinema gear from the USA and it had to go back for repairs...I got charged twice for customs and VAT, the second time was much more than the first, so not even consistent. Maybe I should have filled a form in similar to what you did, but I just accepted it (great piece of kit in the end once sorted), but just decided importing is too much hassle.

I thought I'd found a set of pickups this morning, sold from Spain, but still a decent price allowing for postage, then noticed that they were sold but still showing as a search result on Reverb. ???

It's just annoying that most searches for guitar parts seem to end up on Stratosphere site, it's like they have a monopoly on parts. >:(

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Re: DODGY STRATOSPHERE

Post by Francer » Tue Oct 20, 2020 1:56 pm

MrJagsquire wrote:
Wed Oct 14, 2020 2:34 am
Thanks for the info about import taxes and charges; everytime I'm looking for something it seems to end up being available and apparently cheaper from the USA. Once you add those sort of charges on and the hassle like in your case, it doesn't seem worth it. I'm currently looking for a set of '65 Pure Vintage Jaguar pickups, but can't find any in the UK new or used (except one rip off place that wants 30% more than the usual price ::) ). Plenty available in the USA via eBay, but if they arrive faulty then not worth the agro.
I think pickups will be below the cost threshold for UK import duty, can’t remember the exact value, something like £130 perhaps? You could buy brand new from a US dealer, pretty unlikely to be faulty.

Naturally you will do your own research to confirm this before making a purchase.

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Re: DODGY STRATOSPHERE

Post by MrJagsquire » Tue Oct 20, 2020 11:51 pm

Francer wrote:
Tue Oct 20, 2020 1:56 pm
I think pickups will be below the cost threshold for UK import duty, can’t remember the exact value, something like £130 perhaps? You could buy brand new from a US dealer, pretty unlikely to be faulty.

Naturally you will do your own research to confirm this before making a purchase.
Thanks Francer; I'll have to look into that as I didn't know there was a threshold.

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Re: DODGY STRATOSPHERE

Post by Francer » Wed Oct 21, 2020 4:06 am

MrJagsquire wrote:
Tue Oct 20, 2020 11:51 pm
Francer wrote:
Tue Oct 20, 2020 1:56 pm
I think pickups will be below the cost threshold for UK import duty, can’t remember the exact value, something like £130 perhaps? You could buy brand new from a US dealer, pretty unlikely to be faulty.

Naturally you will do your own research to confirm this before making a purchase.
Thanks Francer; I'll have to look into that as I didn't know there was a threshold.
It looks like it’s £135 according to https://www.gov.uk/goods-sent-from-abroad/tax-and-duty.

But don’t forget, that’s not the same as VAT which I think you’ll still need to pay.

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Re: DODGY STRATOSPHERE

Post by MrJagsquire » Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:00 am

Yes I'd come across similar info. I checked and the price of new ones from the USA, plus VAT and shipping isn't really much of a saving at all to be honest. I might as well just order them from a UK shop and just wait for stock as I'm not in a hurry for them. I've got a blank pickguard to cut while I'm waiting. :)

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