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9y, 4m agoPosted 9 years, 4 months ago
i'm going to new yoik in september and i'm thinkin about gettin me a laptop .
but are they that much cheaper over there? does anybody know of any good computer shops in NY?
oh! and will it charge ok back home?
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9y, 4m agoPosted 9 years, 4 months ago
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#1
Yes they are quite a lot cheaper, More so with the exchange rate, But you'll be hit with customs tax, So it doesn't work out that cheap (and sometimes more) than the Uk!.
#2
ahh but im sure there's a way around VAT. can can you not just put it into an old laptop bag and take it on the plane with you?
#3
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/67/216416044_2facfd8ce4_m.jpg

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1237/573646510_f98a3ffd08_m.jpg

The Apple store on fifth Avenue. :prop:
1 Like #4
Camera's and mp3 players seem to go by unnoticed in hold luggage by customs.

I don't see why a laptop wouldn't either.

Although if you to ensure it doesn't get lost by luggage disappearing, just take it as hand luggage, and go through nothing to declare... just ignore the inspection officers normally chatting to themselves if there at all and the one way mirrors :)
#5
Im fairly sure the US behind us technology wise.
#6
cheers schiz, i can brass neck when i need to. plus i've realised that i can just use my irish passport at heathrow! dual nationality rocks!
#7
Make sure you play with the US keyboards overthere to ensure you won't mind them, also ask about UK 240v power supply units.
1 Like #8
The laptop I am using right now was purchased from 'Best Buy' in the US. It was considerably cheaper.

You must watch out for the following.

Make sure the laptop manufacturer offers a worldwide warranty on the laptop, if it goes wrong you could end up having to take it back to the USA and that sort of defeats the object. DO NOT take the shops word for anything. I purchased a Toshiba and I knew (at the time) they offered a worldwide warranty on all laptops. I had a 15 minute arguement with the person selling me the laptop who was insisting I purchase extra cover as it was not. Only when I threatened to walk out of the store and take my money with me did he finally shut up.

You can only bring back £145 worth of all other goods including gifts and souvenirs. This is the law, if UK Customs believe you are bringing back a new laptop then they can make you pay tax on it. I destroyed all the packaging and put it in an old laptop case. It's the luck of the draw. If they stop and search you and specifically ask you about the laptop please do not think they can't find out if you have had it a while, as they can. Plead ignorance (no excuse) and act surprised.

The resale value of the laptop might go down with the US keyboard that has no '£' key and a few others in strange places.

If the laptop comes with a TV card it will not work in the UK.
#9
schizoboy
Make sure you play with the US keyboards overthere to ensure you won't mind them, also ask about UK 240v power supply units.



All laptop power supplies work on 110 and 240v as standard.
#10
I get laptops from the states all the time heres how to get past customs without paying tax

[COLOR="Red"]PLEASE NOTE IT IS AN OFFENCE TO BRING OVER £145s WORTH OF GOODS AND NOT DECLARE THEM[/COLOR]

1. Before you go put a load of family pics odd documents etc on a usb drive

2. Buy the laptop for alot less

3. Get rid of all the packaging and load the laptop with all your personal documents

4.When you go through customs just say you brought it with you if they check you can prove it with the pics etc you loaded on earlier.

Hope this helps and have a good un in New York:thumbsup:
#11
It would be interesting to hear how often people have been asked by customs to open up new laptops bought in the US.
#12
i have never been asked but i know people who have been and the little thing i do above never fails for them
[mod]#13
I've never been stopped for any electronic items i've bought there. As stated, you bin the packaging, take the electicals in hand luggage and pack the reciepts in your main suitcase. :thumbsup:
#14
ryancs
I get laptops from the states all the time heres how to get past customs without paying tax
1. Before you go put a load of family pics odd documents etc on a usb drive

2. Buy the laptop for alot less

3. Get rid of all the packaging and load the laptop with all your personal documents

4.When you go through customs just say you brought it with you if they check you can prove it with the pics etc you loaded on earlier.

Hope this helps and have a good un in New York:thumbsup:


If you think they can't find out very quickly if the laptop is new then you're just kidding yourself. Pretending that it is old and loading pictures on it to prove this just means you're likely to end up with a larger penalty than if you admit the laptop is new but claim you didn't know.

It shows you actually knew you had to pay tax and have purposely tried to deceive customs officials and then lied to them. Great advice :|

Losing the packaging is good advice, a mate of mine even posts the empty boxes of his laptops to his home as there's no duty to be paid on an empty box and it helps him (he says) with resale. I have been flying all over the world for 12 years now. I've been stopped a few times and although they've tested my laptop with swabs and asked me to turn it on they've never asked me if it was purchased outside the UK. So chances are you could be ok.

However more and more people are going to the US to purchase electrical goods and customs officials know this. Be prepared, be honest and don't hide things. Have the receipt in your wallet so if they do discover your laptop is new you can at least show proof of purchase.

I think people fail to realise just how much authority Customs officials have, it's not like getting stopped by the police. Honesty, Honesty and Honesty are the best policy when dealing with Customs. Lie and you'll end up paying and you can be sure of plenty of attention on any other trips abroad when going through customs.
#15
Well its always worked for me and lots of friends and family
#16
ryancs
Well its always worked for me and lots of friends and family

I hope you and your friends and family continue to have the same luck when going through customs. it really is a lottery, if you get stopped though and they ask specifically, you should tell the truth.

Going through the green channel with a laptop you know to be over your allowance is an offence. You lose the arguement of ignorance (no excuse of the law) when you purposely try to deceive customs officials (which is an offence in itself)

The chances are the OP will not even see a customs officer when they return from the US.
#17
well i get what you saying davelfc so i will edit my earlier post and make sure people will do it at there own risk
#18
davelfc
I hope you and your friends and family continue to have the same luck when going through customs. it really is a lottery, if you get stopped though and they ask specifically, you should tell the truth.

Going through the green channel with a laptop you know to be over your allowance is an offence. You lose the arguement of ignorance (no excuse of the law) when you purposely try to deceive customs officials (which is an offence in itself)

The chances are the OP will not even see a customs officer when they return from the US.


From a law point of view you are 100% correct and know your stuff.

From my experience of travelling and buying electricals from the US, Japan and then Cigarettes and Spirits from Europe. I must have seen customs officials maybe 1 time, I have never seen them stop people - that was at Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham. Possibly If I was carrying a 20 inch iMac off a plane yes I would be stopped but iPods, software, Macbooks etc are so small, easily fit in hand luggage and are sold in this country anyway.
#19
some people we know (wink wink) went to the US and brought loads of stuff back, way way more than the £145 limit. The dad got a nice compaq laptop that has worked flawlessly for over a year. The son got himself 2 dj cd decks and a mixer for £300 instead of £600 thanks to a US powerseller (found the seller before they went away, ordered as soon as arrived in the US, and had them delivered to the hotel within a few days) ....

saved an absolute bomb - but walking through the nothing to declare gate was nerve wracking!

Oh yeah - they got rid of all the laptop packaging - but the dj gear was still in retail boxes ...

I've never heard of friends or family getting caught - might as well take your chances!
#20
I would take it on as hand luggage in an old laptop bag - if you are walking around with it obvious to all then they are less likely to suspect that you have something to hide!
#21
try:

http://www.jr.com/JRSectionView.process?Section_Path=/Computers/Notebooks_and_Tablets/PC_Notebooks/

Purchased two laptops from this store,good range and prices.Enjoy!!:thumbsup:
#22
thePhantom
some people we know (wink wink) went to the US and brought loads of stuff back, way way more than the £145 limit. The dad got a nice compaq laptop that has worked flawlessly for over a year. The son got himself 2 dj cd decks and a mixer for £300 instead of £600 thanks to a US powerseller (found the seller before they went away, ordered as soon as arrived in the US, and had them delivered to the hotel within a few days) ....

saved an absolute bomb - but walking through the nothing to declare gate was nerve wracking!

Oh yeah - they got rid of all the laptop packaging - but the dj gear was still in retail boxes ...

I've never heard of friends or family getting caught - might as well take your chances!


:giggle: :giggle: :giggle: on PC's you only pay the VAT and most shops will do double receipts anyway, they know the score as well ;-) bit silly running the risk unless you can afford to have the stuff seized and returned on payment of fine (+ the duty and VAT on everything). Don't forget if you get stopped you loose EVERYTHING, even your £145 allocation each so ........ there you have it - deal or no deal you decide.....
#23
I thought this thread was deleated for some reason!

Anyway thanks for the heads up guys.
#24
Oh I thought of another question!

I see a few rebate stores, is there anyway of claiming it?
Well, I couldn't claim it for myself but if i give my uncles US address maybe he can claim it?

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