True Blood - Season 1 - Blu-ray - £20.58 delivered @ Amazon US - HotUKDeals
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Looks to be a great price for what has been a highly rated series, and a well reviewed Blu-ray set too.

Under the £18 customs limit, and region free so fine in all players.
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#1
£20.58 > £18 ;-) (May still miss the customs but that would be like taking a chance.) 17.5% VAT
#2
nomeames
£20.58 > £18 ;-) (May still miss the customs but that would be like taking a chance.) 17.5% VAT


The £18 excludes P&P. The price above is including about £4 P&P, so it is fine.
#3
dogvilledan
The £18 excludes P&P. The price above is including about £4 P&P, so it is fine.

Are you sure about that? AFAIK, it is the customs entry (C88) based on which duty is calculated. Amazon's invoice is sure to include shipping. Cheapest in UK at the mo is £ 34.98 @ Amazon (UK). I think it works out cheaper even after paying duties (if you have to). Hot deal.

This is how the duty calculation works:

Value of goods: 16.34
Shipping to the UK: 4.24
Total value for Import Duty: 20.58
Import Duty payable at 3.5% (for DVD videos): 0.72
Base value for VAT: 20.58 + 0.72 = 21.30
VAT on £21.30 @ 17.5%: 3.72
Total value after duty and VAT: 21.30+3.72 = £ 25 (<34.98)....... good deal.
#4
thought u cant buy from amazon US
#5
Emmamed
thought u cant buy from amazon US


You can. I have used them before.
#6
Great price, voted HOT !

The 2nd season starts soon on the FX channel.
#7
nomeames
Are you sure about that? AFAIK, it is the customs entry (C88) based on which duty is calculated. Amazon's invoice is sure to include shipping. Cheapest in UK at the mo is £ 34.98 @ Amazon (UK). I think it works out cheaper even after paying duties (if you have to). Hot deal.

This is how the duty calculation works:

Value of goods: 16.34
Shipping to the UK: 4.24
Total value for Import Duty: 20.58
Import Duty payable at 3.5% (for DVD videos): 0.72
Base value for VAT: 20.58 + 0.72 = 21.30
VAT on £21.30 @ 17.5%: 3.72
Total value after duty and VAT: 21.30+3.72 = £ 25 (<34.98)....... good deal.


Pretty sure it is based solely on the actual value of the goods. On DHL's site they state that no duty is applicable for goods that are £18 or less excluding postage costs.
#8
birdgage
Great price, voted HOT !

The 2nd season starts soon on the FX channel.


it starts in feb, cant wait
#9
Emmamed
thought u cant buy from amazon US


You can but delivery takes ages.

Ordered something on November 29th 2009 and delivery is expected 4th January 2010.
#10
birdgage
The p + p is not taken into account by customs, just the price of the actual item.

You are WRONG.

See para 3.1 at HMRC's website on how VAT is calculated. Here you can find the import duty rates. Hope this helps.

But for borderline cases (around £18) it comes down to the discretion of guys at customs. I have imprted good before costing £20 and not charged any duty. My friend bought something for £25 and he was charged duty. If they want they CAN and have the right to charge VAT for this product. :whistling:
#11
I thought it changed to 105 quid or so?
#12
Why don't you go to BangCD, they are selling season 1 BD for £24.99 plus if you register with them you stand a good chance of getting a £1 off voucher plus there's 10% Topcashback too.

And there's no custom's charges either...

The Doctor
#13
sorry new to blu-ray but don't the have region codes so you would need a multi region player for this?
#14
They are...but this one is region-free
1 Like #15
nomeames
You are WRONG.

See para 3.1 at HMRC's website on how VAT is calculated. Here you can find the import duty rates. Hope this helps.

But for borderline cases (around £18) it comes down to the discretion of guys at customs. I have imprted good before costing £20 and not charged any duty. My friend bought something for £25 and he was charged duty. If they want they CAN and have the right to charge VAT for this product. :whistling:


Actually, you're wrong. If the intrinsic value (ie. excluding postage) of the item(s) is less than £18, you don't get any VAT charges. If the intrinsic value of the item(s) is more than £18 you get charged VAT on the cost of the item plus the postage. I know this as I've been importing things from the US for years now.

From the page you linked to:
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 £36 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.
#16
diGriz
I thought it changed to 105 quid or so?


thats for customs duty - not VAT

Also if the discs are delivered by RM they will sting you for £8 just to collect the VAT

http://www.royalmail.com/portal/rm/content1?catId=400044&mediaId=400362

EliTom
#17
hotUKdeals...

Voted cold on that basis that it is not a UK deal... Also, I wouldn't have voted at all, but no one seems to know the price after duties and postage and such... AND apparently you won't receive your order for over a month according to previous posters... I fail to see how this has got any heat so far, good price though for the yanks :P
#18
The value of the discs is $24.99. which equstes to £14.91 (using the HMRC exchange rate of 1.6761). This is well under the £18 limit and so will not attract VAT charges. With postage, the amount comes to £18.78 delivered, but the postage charge is not taken into account unless the item's value is over £18.
#19
Great series this, highly recommended :)
#20
deancolt45
hotUKdeals...

Voted cold on that basis that it is not a UK deal... Also, I wouldn't have voted at all, but no one seems to know the price after duties and postage and such... AND apparently you won't receive your order for over a month according to previous posters... I fail to see how this has got any heat so far, good price though for the yanks :P


Delivery times can vary - I've had things in as little as a week from Amazon.com before.

Perhaps BangCD deals shouldn't be included either as tehy're not based in the UK? As far as I'm aware, this site is for good deals that are availabel to people in the UK.

There will not be any customs/VAT charges (unless Amazon themselves mess up the customs form). Total price for this delviered (using HMRC's exchange rate) is £18.77.
#21
Anything $28 or under is safe at the moment,I would not risk anything over that figure,
its when you go over £18 that the postage is added to the the total as regards duty ie
something £20+£4 shipping you would pay duty on the £24.
#22
Where does it say region free? I have scrolled down to the product information and it says region 1, which is US and Canada?
#23
anastasia
Delivery times can vary - I've had things in as little as a week from Amazon.com before.

Perhaps BangCD deals shouldn't be included either as tehy're not based in the UK? As far as I'm aware, this site is for good deals that are availabel to people in the UK.

There will not be any customs/VAT charges (unless Amazon themselves mess up the customs form). Total price for this delviered (using HMRC's exchange rate) is £18.77.


I was being deliberate to make a point, I am not convinced that amazon US should be part of deals within the UK.. There is plenty of US deals out there on everything, I just can't see how its relevant to post deals from all over the world on a UK deal site, whether they deliver here or not. WIll come back with a few hundred deals from China in a minute on clothing directly off the sweat shop floor if you like, just might take a few years to arrive, deal? PS with bangcd, and play as well, yeh they are not based in the UK, but I am pretty sure you don't have to factor in your own charges after purchase or work out at the current rate of exchange...
#24
It's quite simple to work out whether something is under the customs limit.

I'm not sure about BangCD actually, as they're based in Asia somewhere (but perhaps they pre-pay VAT like CD Wow?)

This deal is relevant because this is a Blu Ray that is readily available in this country, but is over £15 cheaper to import from the US.

Clothes from China wouldn't really be comparable to this (unless you're talking about a particular brand of clothing, so that there's a direct comparison with something available here.)

I do take your point though. I used to come on here and post very good deals that could be had from Amazon US, but gave up in the end as every time there's a thread like this someone comes on telling everyone you'll have to pay customs (without properly checking first.).

As for it being region free, this is a good site to check:

http://bluray.liesinc.net

Movietyme checked this boxset and confirmed it's region free.

By the way, if you buy this, make sure you pay in US dollars; don't use their conversion as they use ridiculous exchange rates and it'll cost you nearly £2 more.
#25
anastasia
The value of the discs is $24.99. which equstes to £14.91 (using the HMRC exchange rate of 1.6761). This is well under the £18 limit and so will not attract VAT charges. With postage, the amount comes to £18.78 delivered, but the postage charge is not taken into account unless the item's value is over £18.


Amazon are quoting £20.51 delivered using their GBP currency conversion...
#26
Yeah, as I said above, pay in US dollars not GBP otherwise you'll get charged more.
#27
Jonology
Where does it say region free? I have scrolled down to the product information and it says region 1, which is US and Canada?

It IS region free, I have a US copy myself.
#28
I accept it is a good deal, I just don't accept US deals on the UKdeal site. Although I fully understand your point, I just had to make a counter argument because I personally do not share the view it is relevant here. Be interesting to see if it does well though, its a good price, maybe there should be a section for "Deals outside the UK", then all the naysayers, including myself I know can avoid, and people that understand the customs things, can debate it there! I am willing to be convinced on US deals... You have persuaded me to start looking for them myself, just in regards to posting on here, still not onboard :D
#29
Personally, I see this season 1 boxset being £17.99 soon anyway...

Happy to wait...
banned#30
Gave this a shot.
Ordered in euro(I'm irish) and it came to €22 delivered.
banned#31
Cracking write up on the high def digest
http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/1498/trueblood_s1.html
Am tempted...

Heat added.
#32
deancolt45
I accept it is a good deal, I just don't accept US deals on the UKdeal site. Although I fully understand your point, I just had to make a counter argument because I personally do not share the view it is relevant here. Be interesting to see if it does well though, its a good price, maybe there should be a section for "Deals outside the UK", then all the naysayers, including myself I know can avoid, and people that understand the customs things, can debate it there! I am willing to be convinced on US deals... You have persuaded me to start looking for them myself, just in regards to posting on here, still not onboard :D


Plenty of other non-UK deals on here, including dozens from DealExtreme. Not sure this is an issue. I haven't seen anything to suggest that only items selling within the UK are allowed/relevant here. If it's available to people in the UK then I'd say it's fair game. Amazon frequently ship things through their Indigo Starfish/Amazon Jersey division, which technically would rule those out as well if the site became UK only. A slippery slope.
#33
turnma
Plenty of other non-UK deals on here, including dozens from DealExtreme. Not sure this is an issue. I haven't seen anything to suggest that only items selling within the UK are allowed/relevant here. If it's available to people in the UK then I'd say it's fair game. Amazon frequently ship things through their Indigo Starfish/Amazon Jersey division, which technically would rule those out as well if the site became UK only. A slippery slope.


There has to be some finality here to my argument, you suggest its a slippery slope what I am saying but I disagree. Lets not get technical on the practices of businesses on here and if they sometimes ship from other countries, all I am suggesting is that if its not in Sterling, it really isn't a UK deal... I think its a slippery slope putting deals up from around the world in other currencies.
#34
Sorry not getting into the argument of anything, here,but just to say fab series
#35
Thanks to anastasia for clearing up the Customs/VAT info :thumbsup:

and as for Amazon US deals not being valid on here I couldn't disagree more. This site is all about benefiting and helping out the UK consumer. If this means importing items at a much cheaper rate from a different country, then so be it.

If i was considering buying this title from a UK store, only to discover (thanks to this site) that it could easily be bought for £15 less from Amazon.com, I would be very grateful indeed.
#36
I agree it is about helping the UK consumer, fully.. But I still don't agree posting deals from anywhere in the world is relevant, there are plenty of other American based sites for US deals if you choose to purchase from there and honestly, there is infinite deals to be had from across the world, the UK is not exactly cheap. If you want electical equipment why don't we put deals up from China or Japan? Honestly I am only going to repeat myself if I say anymore, good luck with the deal and I hope the people that did purchase get it in a timely fashion without any unforseen problems!
#37
I purchased something from the US that was borderline £18 and when the exchange rates changed it pushed it into duty territory and I was charged duty on the goods and postage. It was however not the duty that was expensive rather the circa £10 that Royal Mail charged to collect it. Its a big risk when products are borderline for the £18 and I don't personally think the minor gain is worth the risk.
#38
harmony999
I purchased something from the US that was borderline £18 and when the exchange rates changed it pushed it into duty territory and I was charged duty on the goods and postage. It was however not the duty that was expensive rather the circa £10 that Royal Mail charged to collect it. Its a big risk when products are borderline for the £18 and I don't personally think the minor gain is worth the risk.


indeed, i've been stung by that in the past. With this however, it isn't borderline so will be fine.
#39
Could anyone advise how the purchasing in currencies work. Is it cheaper to purchase in dollars? (i.e. don't you pay an exchange rate through your credit card) or to buy it in £s?
#40
Emmamed
it starts in feb, cant wait


It's even more mental than the first, and has even more nudity too, if that were possible.

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