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I Am Legend [Blu-ray] £13.00 delivered

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8y, 8m agoFound 8 years, 8 months ago
I Am Legend [Blu-ray] is available for preorder on Amazon.com for about £13 delivered ($18.95+pp).
It is REGION FREE & released in US on 18th March. UK version is about £18 preorder everywhere & isn't released until 21st April. Even taking into account 2 week shipping time, you should still receive it before the UK version comes out & for cheaper as well.

Amazon also has a 50% off Blu-Ray sale at the mo.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=amb_link_6480972_1?ie=UTF8&plgroup=1&docId=1000205241&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=right-1&pf_rd_r=0YRSWVF8FH4NHNT9K3VF&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=370881401&pf_rd_i=193640011
Use http://bluray.liesinc.net/ to check region code.

Also, I have found a way of avoiding paying customs fees when ordering from Amazon.com. If you tick the 'gift options' box before checkout, you can add a FREE gift note to yourself (don't add gift wrapping). This causes Amazon to mark your parcel as a gift.
The customs limit for 'gifts' is £36 as opposed to the usual £18 limit.
Now I know that 'gifts are supposed to be person to person (ie non-commercial), but in practice I find that I don't get charged customs fees anymore.
I import ALOT of US DVDs from Amazon.com & I used to get stung for customs charges EVERY single time. But for the last 2 years since I started adding the free gift notes, not a single custom charge, even for my US Buffy boxset which was £50+.

I think that as long as the package has 'gift' marked on it & it's not ridiculously over the limit, then Royal mail don't bother (probably have lots of agency staff who don't know ins & outs of customs rules & think gift means gift).

Anyway, if you want you can add some extra blu-rays from the 50% sale to your order which each extra blu-ray only adding about £1 or so to your shipping. I've added Cars ($20) & Fifth Element ($15) to my order.

If not, £13 for I Am Legend is a still a very good deal.

Sorry for length of post but on previous posts people are always worried about going over £18 limit, so thought I would share.
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#1
I've never known Amazon mark their packages as gifts before. Will have to give it a try. Thanks. :)
#2
So on the note you write 'Free Gift' and that's it?

Not interested in getting I Am Legend personally but I'd probably be more interested in ordering more often from Amazon.com
#3
I asked about this Gift option thing the other week, and people seemed to say it wouldn't work, because

1) the HMRC say " the gift has been sent from a private person outside the EU to a private person(s) in this country" (it hasn't if you're sending it to yourself)
2) "there is no commercial or trade element and the gift has not been paid for either directly or indirectly" (there is and it has)
3) "Please note the purchase of goods from outside the EU to give as a gift to a relative or friend, whether or not addressed to that person, is treated as a ‘commercial consignment’ for which the import VAT relief threshold is £18"
4) Amazon state "If the order is a gift, the package is marked "Gift," but the cost of the item is still stated on the customs form. Customs authorities require us to state the value of the gift item directly on the package"

So I think maybe you've just been really lucky as opposed to it being a genuine loophole? :)

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/151115/ordering-from-amazon-us-and-ticking/
#4
BristolDeal
1) the HMRC say " the gift has been sent from a private person outside the EU to a private person(s) in this country" (it hasn't if you're sending it to yourself)
2) "there is no commercial or trade element and the gift has not been paid for either directly or indirectly" (there is and it has)
3) "Please note the purchase of goods from outside the EU to give as a gift to a relative or friend, whether or not addressed to that person, is treated as a ‘commercial consignment’ for which the import VAT relief threshold is £18"


If Amazon really do mark the customs slip as 'Gift'. then unless they open it Customs have no way of knowing any of the above, so you should be ok. However, be aware that if they do open the package and find out the truth, you will be commiting fraud.

4) Amazon state "If the order is a gift, the package is marked "Gift," but the cost of the item is still stated on the customs form. Customs authorities require us to state the value of the gift item directly on the package"


This is normal, but if it is marked as 'gift' then the value of the goods can be up to £36 as opposed to £18.

So again, *if* Amazon mark it as a gift, *if* the total of goods is below £36 and *if* customs do not open it, you should be ok. :)

Please note though that HMRC have their own exchange rate that they use for Customs and VAT purposes, which can be found here. So currently, for the month of March, £18 = $34.93 and £36 = $69.86.
#5
I guess the key is whether Customs actually know who the 'gift' has come from, isn't it? Like you say, if they open it and look at the invoice and see it says "Dear BristolDeal, happy birthday, lots of love, BristolDeal xx" then you're stuffed. :-D
#6
BristolDeal
I guess the key is whether Customs actually know who the 'gift' has come from, isn't it? Like you say, if they open it and look at the invoice and see it says "Dear BristolDeal, happy birthday, lots of love, BristolDeal xx" then you're stuffed. :-D


LOL, yep. :) But having said that, I don't recall ever having any packages from the likes of Amazon, etc. opened by Customs before now.
#7
You could always get it from Movietyme. Its more expensive, but you don't have to worry about customs

http://www.movietyme.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=39199

Quite a good range of region-free ones too:
http://www.movietyme.com/catalog/default.php?cPath=210&osCsid=6be7c5c9489746bb97bd35c1ba6baade
#8
What I usually put on the gift note is 'Thanks (enter name, eg mum etc), from (your own name)'. As simple as that. My parcel is then marked as a gift & comes through the post fine without customs charges.
What BristolDeal says about customs is correct, but in PRACTICE my 'gifts' from Amazon just get treated as gifts.
Customs have the power to open your package if they suspect something dodgy (ie drugs, tobacco, alcohol, weapons etc) but seeing as your parcel has Amazon.com all over it i'd say it'd be 99.9% unlikely your parcel would ever be opened. When's the last time you had something in the post opened by customs from a legitimate business.
Customs have the power, but they don't use it in practice unless they suspect something dodgy. Also, it's worth remembering that it's actually Royal Mail that collects the custom fee (hence the extortionate £8 fee). It only gets passed onto Customs to open if they suspect something dodgy. I don't see anyone suspecting Amazon of importing illegal goods. Also, as long as you're reasonable & not trying to send £200 of DVD's they're not that strict if you're a little over the £36 'gift' limit.
Also, if you dig into the customs rules a little (http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsPortalWebApp/channelsPortalWebApp.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pageTravel_ShowContent&id=HMCE_PROD_009989&propertyType=document),
you're actually supposed to pay custom duty of 3.5% for dvd's, but again in practice this simply doesn't happen.
So not really a loophole, but there's a difference between what Royal Mail (on behalf of customs) CAN do & what they really do.

If you're worried then stick to your usual importers, but if you're willing to give it a go you can save a bundle as Amazon sometimes does some blinding deals. Over Xmas I got Harry Potter 1-4 Blu-ray for my nephew for about £20!
#9
I used to get charged every time I went over the £18 limit (thank you Mount Pleasant sorting office!), but for the last 2-3 years or so I haven't had any customs charges. I've imported Buffy, Angel, Heroes, South Park box sets (& lots of other DVDs) marked as gifts & had no customs fees. Most expensive i've sent through was $77incPP. I think it just flies under Royal Mail's radar when it says gift
#10
Dont even bother trying the gift thing.

If its from a company, they ignore it anyway. The bit amazon.com lettering all over your packet will give it away.

Even if you friend buys something from amazon for you as a genuine gift they will still ignore it.
#11
whoops! I just found out that new members posts are hidden until its been moderated by a moderator, so there may be 2 long, nearly identical posts appearing from me later on. Apologies for this.
#12
For those that want to order more from Amazon using this 'gift' method, but don't want to try it cos you're still worried about customs charges, a fool proof idea has just occured to me.

You can try the gift method as I described & if it comes through without customs charges, then super you can enjoy the cheaper (no custom fee) prices like me.
If however your Royal Mail sorting office is stricter than mine & tries to charge you customs fees, Royal mail won't actually try to deliver your parcel to you. What Royal Mail will do is leave you a card saying you need to go the depot to pay the customs fee before collecting your parcel. All you have to do is not collect it & Royal Mail will return it to Amazon after 1 week & Amazon will refund ALL your money to you.

If it works for you like it does for me then I expect Amazon.com to have some really decent sales for Easter
#13
hippo99
whoops! I just found out that new members posts are hidden until its been moderated by a moderator, so there may be 2 long, nearly identical posts appearing from me later on. Apologies for this.


Hippo, you can either get a Mod to delete the extra posts by clicking on the red warning triangle to the left of the post in question, or you should be able to delete it yourself by clicking on 'Edit' (a the bottom of the post) and then click the 'Delete' button.
#14
hippo99
What I usually put on the gift note is 'Thanks (enter name, eg mum etc), from (your own name)'. As simple as that. My parcel is then marked as a gift & comes through the post fine without customs charges.
What BristolDeal says about customs is correct, but in PRACTICE my 'gifts' from Amazon just get treated as gifts.
Customs have the power to open your package if they suspect something dodgy (ie drugs, tobacco, alcohol, weapons etc) but seeing as your parcel has Amazon.com all over it i'd say it'd be 99.9% unlikely your parcel would ever be opened. When's the last time you had something in the post opened by customs from a legitimate business.
Customs have the power, but they don't use it in practice unless they suspect something dodgy. Also, it's worth remembering that it's actually Royal Mail that collects the custom fee (hence the extortionate £8 fee). It only gets passed onto Customs to open if they suspect something dodgy. I don't see anyone suspecting Amazon of importing illegal goods. Also, as long as you're reasonable & not trying to send £200 of DVD's they're not that strict if you're a little over the £36 'gift' limit.
Also, if you dig into the customs rules a little (http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsPortalWebApp/channelsPortalWebApp.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pageTravel_ShowContent&id=HMCE_PROD_009989&propertyType=document),
you're actually supposed to pay custom duty of 3.5% for dvd's, but again in practice this simply doesn't happen.
So not really a loophole, but there's a difference between what Royal Mail (on behalf of customs) CAN do & what they really do.

If you're worried then stick to your usual importers, but if you're willing to give it a go you can save a bundle as Amazon sometimes does some blinding deals. Over Xmas I got Harry Potter 1-4 Blu-ray for my nephew for about £20!


Im sorry but thats just plain wrong.

I had a parcel opened by customs just a few weeks, back, marked as a gift and valued at 50USD. They opened it because they didnt believe the value. They sent me a letter asking me to give them the true value. Which I did, $225. Hence a customs fee.

They dont even have to send a letter with amazon as normally theres an invoice inside, even then amazon always declare the correct fee.

If your getting away with the customs then good for you but dont think you have a system that will work for eveyone because it doesn't. I always get a fee when I order from them and Im over the limit. And I know Im not the only one, whether its marked as a gift or not. They just ignore it anyway and base it on £18.
#15
Maybe its down to our different sorting offices then? I'm in London & I know they use alot of agency staff in their sorting offices down in London, so maybe they're not as vigilent.
Like you, I used to always get charged fees even when only a little over the limit, but luckily it stopped when I started adding gift notes.

Like I said, maybe people can test the waters with their sorting office. If your order attracts a custom fee, don't collect it & Amazon will give you a full refund. If it gets through, then maybe you're lucky like I seem to have been. Its just that Amazon.com has some super cheap BOGOF & 3for2 deals quite regularly but the prediscount price is always over £18.

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