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Just reminding people of the Threadless sale with summer coming up, I love the tees from here. Also, they are now accepting Paypal, and because of this have two voucher codes that can be used:
YayPal5 to get $5 off a $30 spend
YayPal10 to get $10 off a $50 spend.

When at checkout, choose the gift option to help avoid custom and RM fees.
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#1
A rather misleading price isn't it?
#2
cdm22
A rather misleading price isn't it?


Tees start at $9, which is around £5 - £6 dependant on your banks exchange rate... so no. Yes, that does not include delivery, but its from America, and people who have used them before know this.
#3
"When at checkout, choose the gift option to help avoid custom and RM fees"

May or may not help you avoid the fees, absolutely no guarantee. But if you get stung this works out very expensive when you add on the handling fee from the royal mail. In the end your £5 t-shirt ends up costing £15+, not so hot.
#4
spic
Tees start at $9, which is around £5 - £6 dependant on your banks exchange rate... so no. Yes, that does not include delivery, but its from America, and people who have used them before know this.



Well $9 is £5.97 using todays exchange rate and postage starts from another $9 so one tshirt delivered will cost £12 which is nearly 2 and a half times more than a fiver!!
#5
Maybe naive question, but why would using the 'gift' option help avoid custom charges?
#6
chrisjudd
"When at checkout, choose the gift option to help avoid custom and RM fees"

May or may not help you avoid the fees, absolutely no guarantee. But if you get stung this works out very expensive when you add on the handling fee from the royal mail. In the end your £5 t-shirt ends up costing £15+, not so hot.

No, but this does mean they do not place any information on the package detailing how much the contents are worth. Therefore, customs will have to go to the effort of opening up the package. I have never been stung with the fees doing it this way, and have ordered plenty from them.

MarvinHC
Maybe naive question, but why would using the 'gift' option help avoid custom charges?


As above.
#7
cdm22
Well $9 is £5.97 using todays exchange rate and postage starts from another $9 so one tshirt delivered will cost £12 which is nearly 2 and a half times more than a fiver!!


At todays exchange rate it is £5.87, however, my bank rate is much better then that, offering £5.11. Plus the voucher will bring the price down. (Not much point ordering one t-shirt from them imo).
#8
There is always a lot of debate about custom charges with this. I did read ticking gift could be a way around the charges but I have kept myself safe and only ordered one thing at a time. It'd be interesting to know if this would work on bigger packages. Maybe next time.

Funnily enoughI received a tee today I ordered a while back because they sent me $5 off because I had purchased my first order. They generally take 2-3 weeks on the cheapest delivery. The custom charge is for things over £18, not including delivery, so depending on the exchange rate you could likely get two tees.
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petena5h
The custom charge is for things over £18, not including delivery, so depending on the exchange rate you could likely get two tees.


Firstly, hot deal for those who like Threadless. If you don't, go to Matalan or Primark for cheap print tees. Heat and rep to OP.

Secondly, not wishing to be a pedant about this, but the £18 threshold includes the basic value of the goods plus delivery charges and any import duties charged. I had to research this recently for a magazine article I was writing (yep, I work for a car magazine and it's cool). The relevant part of my article is as shown below (please bear in mind the context is discussing importing car parts). The specific part relating to the threshold can be read by clicking the tinyURL link and heading for section 3.1

DUTY BOUND?
Another factor to consider when buying any item from overseas (more so when buying outside of the EU) is the costs involved in importing it to the UK. This will usually be one or both of the following charges: import VAT and customs duty (sometimes referred to as import duty). Import VAT kicks in for consignments with a value over £18, although HMRC classifies 'value' as the basic value of the goods (generally what you paid for them) plus the shipping costs and any import duty that is payable, so you'd be hard pressed to come in under that £18 threshold. As of 1 January 2010, the VAT rate returns to 17.5%. The percentage rates for customs duty varies as to the type of part being imported, but generally it is in the region of 3 to 4.5% for automotive parts imported from Japan. Customs duty is payable if the value of the goods is above £120 (once again, this is assessed as basic value of the goods plus the cost of shipping), but is waived if the duty calculated is less than £7. It can all seem very complicated, but sites like DutyCalculator ([url]www.dutycalculator.com[/url]) can take the hard work out of the process and let you work out whether that bargain set of rims will actually be a bargain by the time they get to your door. More information on the ins and outs of import duties can be found on the HMRC website at www.hmrc.gov.uk/customs/post/internet.htm and in HMRC Notice 143 (August 2009) viewable at http://tinyurl.com/9hdo3. Oh, and the carrier may levy an administration charge of around £10 to £15 just to top it all off.
#10
Rep added for the link to the Dutycalculator, have been looking for something like this for ages!!!!!
#11
you're allowed to buy about £18 worth of stuff before they start charging duty aren't you?
#12
MarvinHC
Rep added for the link to the Dutycalculator, have been looking for something like this for ages!!!!!


Cheers, it's a very handy site.
#13
akbmcf1
Cheers, it's a very handy site.


It is indeed, also has the official exchange rate and works for all European countries (I live in Belgium and it is impossible find a site which is straight forward - I had worked out the threshold levels but not couldn't find anywhere the Duty rates).
Seeing the rates now actually makes ordering from China or the USA more interesting than what I had thought before.
#14
7percent
you're allowed to buy about £18 worth of stuff before they start charging duty aren't you?


Yup, but that £18 includes shipping charges, not just the value of the goods. And it's only import VAT that kicks in above £18 - the import duty threshold is £120. However, above the £18 mark, generally the carrier (ie Royal Mail) will collect the VAT and import duty (where applicable) and also levy their own administration fee. Often, it's the admin fee that makes it expensive on smaller items, as VAT is only 17.5% (so only about a fiver on a consignment worth £30). Click on the links in my earlier post for a fuller explanation direct from HMRC itself.

:)
#15
akbmcf1
Yup, but that £18 includes shipping charges, not just the value of the goods. And it's only import VAT that kicks in above £18 - the import duty threshold is £120. However, above the £18 mark, generally the carrier (ie Royal Mail) will collect the VAT and import duty (where applicable) and also levy their own administration fee. Often, it's the admin fee that makes it expensive on smaller items, as VAT is only 17.5% (so only about a fiver on a consignment worth £30). Click on the links in my earlier post for a fuller explanation direct from HMRC itself.

:)


VAT is charged on everything including the delivery charge but only if the value of goods go over £18. If the price of the goods is less than £18 then no VAT is charged at all.
#16
spic
At todays exchange rate it is £5.87, however, my bank rate is much better then that, offering £5.11. Plus the voucher will bring the price down. (Not much point ordering one t-shirt from them imo).


Yeah, but you can't use the voucher unless you spend a minimum of $30 which will take you over the £18 VAT threshold thus attracting the attention of customs and royal mail charges.

One more thing though....there aren't any $9 tshirts! ;-)
#17
cdm22
VAT is charged on everything including the delivery charge but only if the value of goods go over £18. If the price of the goods is less than £18 then no VAT is charged at all.


Unless I have misunderstood the HMRC site (and I think I ran my piece by the HMRC press office before it went to print, too), the £18 threshold includes delivery charges as part of the 'price of the goods' as you call it.

Relevant part from HMRC site that I linked to earlier (bold is my addition):

[SIZE="4"]3.1 How are import charges calculated?[/SIZE]

Charges are calculated by Customs staff at the postal depots where the packages are received. However, in some cases special arrangements are in place for goods purchased on the internet (see paragraph 3.4 below).

Value Added Tax (VAT) - Import VAT is charged at the same rate that applies to similar goods sold in the UK and applies to commercial goods over £18 in value, and on gifts that are over £40 in value. The value of the goods for import VAT is based on the:

* basic value of goods, plus
* postage, packing and insurance, plus
* any import (Customs or Excise) duties charged
#18
"applies to commercial goods over £18 in value"

and then VAT is worked out on total of goods plus postage etc. Goods up to £18 are fine.
#19
from the same page from which you posted....

2.3 What are the limits for customs duty and import VAT?
Commercial consignments of £18 or less are free from customs duty and import VAT. For example, goods purchased over the internet with an intrinsic value not exceeding £18, will not be charged any duty or VAT but this does not include alcohol, tobacco products, perfume or toilet waters, see paragraph 2.5, 2.6 and section 3.
#20
cdm22
from the same page from which you posted....

2.3 What are the limits for customs duty and import VAT?
Commercial consignments of £18 or less are free from customs duty and import VAT. For example, goods purchased over the internet with an intrinsic value not exceeding £18, will not be charged any duty or VAT but this does not include alcohol, tobacco products, perfume or toilet waters, see paragraph 2.5, 2.6 and section 3.


Interesting, good spot. Wanna do my job for me? Seems HMRC didn't pick that up when I ran it by them! The glossary of terms doesn't differentiate between commercial and personal items, in fact the only reference in that HMRC advice I can see is either commercial or gift - are they missing out the 'personal' bit?
#21
The threshold of £18 is clearly for value of goods INCLUDING postage. HMRC is not stupid, otherwise you would have even more of these ebay seller with £1 for the item and £50 for postage.... :whistling:
#22
I LOVE Threadless tees. Trouble is I have bought stuff and never worn them. :oops:

Oh and regarding Customs, I had an order with them which was about $300 (£150ish a few years back when the exchange rates were the highest) and got stung for about £40-£60 customs. I can't remember the exact amount as it was quite a few years back. So yeah be careful with customs charges as they can be a bitch.

I really shouldn't look at their site as it is too tempting...
#23
MarvinHC
The threshold of £18 is clearly for value of goods INCLUDING postage. HMRC is not stupid, otherwise you would have even more of these ebay seller with £1 for the item and £50 for postage.... :whistling:


which wouldn't work if someone bought in their own country! :roll:

Its goods to the value of £18 before vat is paid, I have bought stuff from the States many times before and the only times I have ever had to pay any vat were the times the goods were over £18, I then had to pay VAT on the price of the goods and the postage.

Oh, additional question to those thinking otherwise....why would some suppliers be 'customs friendly' and write the value of the goods on the declaration at $25 (for instance) if the postage was also included in the £18 limit? They wouldn't...because its not! ;-)
#24
from DHLs pages (who probably know about these things!)

http://www.dhl.co.uk/publish/gb/en/information/shipping/about_duty_and_vat.high.html

Are there any reliefs from Duty and VAT?
Yes, they include:

* Goods of £18 or less in value (excluding postage, packing and other miscellaneous costs).
#25
cdm22
from DHLs pages (who probably know about these things!)


Funny how DHL quotes the threshold of a gift at £36, yet HMRC states it is £40 :whistling:

Also, noticed this part from paragraph 2.4 of HMRC Notice 143 (Jan 2010) which would tend to indicate that a 'personal' purchase is a 'commercial consignment' as far as I read it. Hey ho, I guess we'll find out in due course as I have put in an email to HMRC press office to try to get a definitive answer for all of you :thumbsup:

Paragraph 2.4 from the HMRC advice found at http://tinyurl.com/9hdo3 (italics my own, bad grammar all theirs!):

"Note:if you purchase 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 (paragraph 2.3 refers)."
#26
Well last time i posted a deal for an american site it was locked and i was told off by grumpy mods!
#27
I've had loads from Threadless, and (after being stung once) kept it below £18 worth to avoid customs, even placing two orders for four shirts and paying for delivery twice turns out cheaper (mainly due to the £8 'handling charge' which used to only be £4 some years back). I've never noticed the 'mark as a gift option' before...

Threadless have only ever marked the cost of the items on the outside of my parcels, not including delivery.

Use this link to quickly check how much £18 is worth in US$ then go a few $ below this. When they are doing $9 shirts you can usually get away with three in one parcel if the exchange rate is *just* right.

Handy tip: make an account with Threadless, and add any tees you want to your cart (they update on Monday and Thursday). If they are about to run out of stock they will send you an email so you can decide if you want it at full price. Otherwise hang around for a sale (4-5 times a year) and grab them cheap then. :thumbsup:
#28
Slightly off topic but a good tee site with similar designs to those featured on Threadless is [url]www.teefury.com[/url]

TeeFury is a place where you will find amazing tees at amazing prices (and occasionally other non-tee things). It's pretty simple - one new super limited-edition tee every 24 hours for $9.

Each tee goes up for sale everyday at midnight eastern time. Once it sells out, or after 24 hours, whichever comes first, that tee is gone. And when we say, "gone", we mean G-O-N-E - never to be sold again at TeeFury. So, if you see something you like, and it hasn't sold out yet, you better grab one fast before the fat lady sings.

I realise it's hardly an alternative as they only sell 1 tee every 24 hours but it's worth checking daily and their p&p is cheaper. Just thought I would throw this out there.
#29
What are the quality of the threadless T-shirts like?

In their gallery, they tend to look quite cheap... like the price.

Are they gonna last or is it gonna be a case of worn once and then never again?

Thanks
#30
hbc1981
What are the quality of the threadless T-shirts like?

In their gallery, they tend to look quite cheap... like the price.

Are they gonna last or is it gonna be a case of worn once and then never again?

Thanks


I still have threadless t-shirts from 2-3 years ago that don't look a day old and i've worn them 10s of times!
#31
Monsta
Slightly off topic but a good tee site with similar designs to those featured on Threadless is [url]www.teefury.com[/url]

I realise it's hardly an alternative as they only sell 1 tee every 24 hours but it's worth checking daily and their p&p is cheaper. Just thought I would throw this out there.


Looks interesting, but can't find the postage cost to Europe anywhere on the site? They only speak about $2 to the US.
#32
How long does postage roughtly take from those who have purchased before...
#33
sMARTie 25
How long does postage roughtly take from those who have purchased before...


The economy postage option has usually taken about 3 weeks to get to me from Threadless :)
#34
p&p on two shirts is $9. This varies with more items.

Also forgot to mention, if you make an account you get a referral url, which looks like:

threadlessdotcom/?streetteam=username

(not mine and url changed a bit so I don't get accused of spamming).

If you visit your link you can refer yourself, which gets you $1.50 credit for each shirt you buy now off your next order. Yes, their system doesn't check if a person is referring themselves and claiming store credit - DERP.

Most of their shirts are on American Apparel which are quite nice really, just check the size charts first, in my case small are smaller around the chest and gut but longer than most shirts bought in the UK.

Finally if we're mentioning other sites: shirt.woot!, also prints on American Apparel and $9 post to the UK. They have a new shirt every day and keep the top 20 selling ones on (click reckoning at the top).
#35
They print on a combination of their own brand Threadless shirts and American Apparel.
Print quality is is excellent - I have had shirts that I have worn dozens of times and there is no cracking or fading on the prints and shirts.
#36
Yay they accept PayPal now! Looking forward to getting these, have wanted to order for ages but have been unable to until now :-D
#37
Never had problems with custom charges, but then again, never ordered more than 3 t-shirts at a time.
Also, if you have your tees, take a pic of you wearing it and submit it to the street team thingy you get credit which you can use for your next purchase!

The quality is good, I prefer when they use American Apparel but they have their own brand on some which I think is not as good.
#38
Monsta
Slightly off topic but a good tee site with similar designs to those featured on Threadless is [url]www.teefury.com[/url]

TeeFury is a place where you will find amazing tees at amazing prices (and occasionally other non-tee things). It's pretty simple - one new super limited-edition tee every 24 hours for $9.

Each tee goes up for sale everyday at midnight eastern time. Once it sells out, or after 24 hours, whichever comes first, that tee is gone. And when we say, "gone", we mean G-O-N-E - never to be sold again at TeeFury. So, if you see something you like, and it hasn't sold out yet, you better grab one fast before the fat lady sings.

I realise it's hardly an alternative as they only sell 1 tee every 24 hours but it's worth checking daily and their p&p is cheaper. Just thought I would throw this out there.


Todays tee is brilliant!

http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/6992/shiningfinger.jpg

Looking on the forums Uk'ers who buy say it totals about £11.50 per tee from there, and delivery normally within 2 weeks. Not too shabby.
#39
Can anyone tell me how big the guy's t-shirts come up?
And do they shrink?

I'm usually a UK small, but looking at their size guide, their small looks smaller than the UK small I have in front of me.
Sorry for what seems like a stupid question, but I'd rather not waste my money.
#40
They are unshrunk cotton so they will shrink unless you do them on a cold wash, and are advertised as skinny fit so yeah, you might want to order one size up.

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