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Buying a phone from China/HK

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2y, 3m agoPosted 2 years, 3 months ago
I really want a HTC One E8. For those who don't know about it it's a dual sim (important for me) HTC One M8 with a plastic case and 13MP camera. Price in China is less than £300. Does anyone know a reputable company that will deliver to the UK? I'm happy (ish) to pay import and VAT if I have to. Am I better to find a contact in China to ship it to me? Could I avoid taxes this way?

Thanks in advance
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2y, 3m agoPosted 2 years, 3 months ago
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#1
Is it genuine. .... If not don't. We bought 3 of s4 and 2 didn't last 2 weeks
#2
The price will be much more with customs and shipping.
#3
Anybody know how likely it is you won't pay taxes if the seller describes it in a way that misleads the officials? (Promotional goods or something)
#4
It's genuine OK. I know people used to just mark "gift" but I'm not sure it works anymore. Are we allowed to discuss tax evasion here? :)
#5
redhot999
Anybody know how likely it is you won't pay taxes if the seller describes it in a way that misleads the officials? (Promotional goods or something)

Random chance really, I've had a couple of low value items opened by customs because they were larger packets, lucky for me they had such small value that it didn't matter. However, it can and does happen and the last thing you want is to get the added bill making it more expensive than just getting a UK model.

Additionally it being sent as a gift for high value items will usually result in problems should it be lost. Then add the warranty support, uk manuals chargers etc and it all makes more sense.

Finally, how sure are you it's not a cheap knock off? If it is a knock off you will be out of pocket and nothing to really show for it because you wont find an easy way to resolve the situation.

Edited By: Astec123 on Jul 02, 2014 18:12
#6
tooner
It's genuine OK. I know people used to just mark "gift" but I'm not sure it works anymore. Are we allowed to discuss tax evasion here? :)
Blimey I reckon EBay would halve it's sales if it didn't work.
#7
Astec123
Finally, how sure are you it's not a cheap knock off? If it is a knock off you will be out of pocket and nothing to really show for it because you wont find an easy way to resolve the situation.

Well I guess I don't know it's not a cheap knock off because I haven't found somewhere reputable that sells them, that's part of my question. I do however know that HTC produce this phone and they don't sell it in EU because I'm guessing it would seriously damage their sales of their flagship M8 model. There's one on eBay for £429 from China which could then be hit with taxes whereas retail is only £282. I think there must be stock issues because I'm sure these would sell well in UK.

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