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I'm going to NY with a pair of socks and boxers, and coming back with a luggage full of goodies. Advice please.

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Just saw another thread about someone getting stopped in MIA and people talking about getting stopped in NY..and got a bit worried. So, I am going to NY (my first time) in a few weeks....and intend… Read More
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7y, 7m agoPosted 7 years, 7 months ago
Just saw another thread about someone getting stopped in MIA and people talking about getting stopped in NY..and got a bit worried.

So, I am going to NY (my first time) in a few weeks....and intend on stocking up on some lower priced goodies. Clothes, trainers, etc. Of course this is all personal and I do not plan on profiteering. What precautions must I take? As in...is it possible for me to get stopped and them not allowing to bring stuff back home?

Also...in terms of electronics. I have been advised not to buy any out there because of the voltage difference etc etc. ( was thinking of buying a laptop) Anyway if I do..what advice do you have for me??
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7y, 7m agoPosted 7 years, 7 months ago
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1 Like #1
Bring a suitcase and take labels off items so the custom personal don't know if they were brought or bought (so no charge for you).
1 Like #2
The laptop is ok, it automatically changes the voltage for you so don't worry about that. Just make sure its a worldwide warranty coz if its only valid in US, then its useless for you if it breaks down.
#3
just make sure all packaging / labels are removed and you should be good to avoid duty
#4
electriclinux
Bring a suitcase and take labels off items so the custom personal don't know if they were brought or bought (so no charge for you).


Yep, tags and labels off.
#5
Destroy all receipts too, they're a dead giveaway :)
#6
abercrombie :thumbsup:
banned#7
And make sure you don't go over your weight allowance for the luggage coming back or all the savings you make will be going to the airline for excess baggage
1 Like #8
well NY is slightly an odd choice, not very low cost in NY. There is a massive factory outlet village outside NYC and thats a gr8 place to shop. And also go to the budget stores like SEARS, JC PENNY, Target etc, they stock all brand names and are half the price of the stuff u get in the branded stores. But anyway, if you get clothes, make sure you unwrap them and take off all tags and stickers. They should look like you've worn them!

I'd say buy electronics. Most new electronics have a 100-240v adapter so the voltage difference is quite a small technicality. Yes the warranty might be more of a problem. Buy Online and deliver to a mate/relatives place if you can. Also If you are looking for a laptop, ASUS in the US do a 3 yr global warranty with a 2 yr accidental warranty and they pay ground shipping charges on most laptops.

hope you have a good one!
#9
Slash
The laptop is ok, it automatically changes the voltage for you so don't worry about that. Just make sure its a worldwide warranty coz if its only valid in US, then its useless for you if it breaks down.


Is this a definite? Can anyone else comment on this?


Wicked...thanks for all the advice. Keep it coming! Rep will be left...
banned#10
i'll have a kilo if you dont mind
1 Like #11
Babbabooey;6239270
Destroy all receipts too, they're a dead giveaway :)

Or mail them back to yourself.
#12
unileeds
well NY is slightly an odd choice, not very low cost in NY. There is a massive factory outlet village outside NYC and thats a gr8 place to shop. And also go to the budget stores like SEARS, JC PENNY, Target etc, they stock all brand names and are half the price of the stuff u get in the branded stores. But anyway, if you get clothes, make sure you unwrap them and take off all tags and stickers. They should look like you've worn them!

I'd say buy electronics. Most new electronics have a 100-240v adapter so the voltage difference is quite a small technicality. Yes the warranty might be more of a problem. Buy Online and deliver to a mate/relatives place if you can. Also If you are looking for a laptop, ASUS in the US do a 3 yr global warranty with a 2 yr accidental warranty and they pay ground shipping charges on most laptops.

hope you have a good one!


Wicked...thanks for the advice!

Yeah I mean...I'm not going NY just for shopping.....its an actual holiday, just with shopping in mind!! I

I'm not sure what you mean when you say buy online and deliver to a mates....do you mean, buy online here and deliver to a mates in US? or vice versa...
The ASUS thing soudns good...although it wasn't quite the brand I was going for...was thinking of a Sony/HP or if I want to make the stretch....MacBook Pro...then again, I'm not sure if I want to come home without the box and that.....
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Oh and make sure you keep a $100 for Ricks just behind Empire state building.. !! Legendary stuff!!
#14
nikkib123
Will they not question you going to NY with a suitcase with just jockeys and socks in? Or are you buying your suitcase there? Also if you don't take a suitcase will they not think its strange entering the country with no luggage?


Well I'll be taking a suitcase with not a lot in it is what I meant. It's just that it didn't quite have the same ring to it when I was typing it in the title.

fragaliciousbob
i'll have a kilo if you dont mind

Of what ? :p
t0mm
Or mail them back to yourself.

Good idea!!
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Wicked...thanks for the advice!

Yeah I mean...I'm not going NY just for shopping.....its an actual holiday, just with shopping in mind!! I

I'm not sure what you mean when you say buy online and deliver to a mates....do you mean, buy online here and deliver to a mates in US? or vice versa...
The ASUS thing soudns good...although it wasn't quite the brand I was going for...was thinking of a Sony/HP or if I want to make the stretch....MacBook Pro...then again, I'm not sure if I want to come home without the box and that.....


I meant order on a US website like newegg or asus.com and deliver to a mates in the US. You'll find stuff cehaper online and if you have the luxury to get it delivered before you reach why not!!
Secondly, ASUS is a rock solid brand in the US. The only brand to offer accidental and zero dead pixel warranty on their lappys! Also some states have no Sales Tax. I think Newyork has one of the highest sales tax rates of all states!! ie 8.85% on top of federal sales tax!! :) But still well cheaper than the UK.
#16
t0mm
Or mail them back to yourself.


great idea!:thumbsup:
1 Like #17
The lappy would have a US keyboard don't for get.

For cheap cloths try T J Maxx (not T K) they have stuff far better the the crap in the UK TK stores). Target is good and there's called something like C J Penny (I think) also not bad at the cheaper end. Have fun. . .
#18
Babbabooey
Destroy all receipts too, they're a dead giveaway :)



Nope you want to pop them in the post to yourself , well the usefull ones anyway for electricals :thumbsup:
#19
steve1221;6239576
The lappy would have a US keyboard don't for get.

For cheap cloths try T J Maxx (not T K) they have stuff far better the the crap in the UK TK stores). Target is good and there's called something like C J Penny (I think) also not bad at the cheaper end. Have fun. . .

Penneys is Primark..

I'm glad my idea was good :p
#20
Also, go to a charity shop/primark and buy a few clothes to put in your suitcase to go over. Chuck them out in America and you have an empty suitcase for filling.
#21
bazzaric
Also, go to a charity shop/primark and buy a few clothes to put in your suitcase to go over. Chuck them out in America and you have an empty suitcase for filling.


Is going over with a half empty suitcase too obvious??
#22
New york was pretty cheap when i was there last, the biggest difference seems to be things like Levis that were under half of what the levi store in the UK sells them for.

When i was there clothing was tax free as long as each item wasnt more than $120, not sure if this is still the case. I wouldnt bother with electronics, theres not much of a saving (well there wasnt when i was there) remember the price on the ticket doesn't include tax!
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t0mm;6239323
Or mail them back to yourself.

along with the laptop box...that's another give away:thumbsup:

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