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    Buying a laprop from America, customs charges question

    I am soooo tempted to buy myself this laptop from ebay cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/…dll?ViewItem&item=200351727348&ssPageName=ADME:X:RTQ:GB:1123

    The seller has said he guarantees I will not pay customs charges as he will mark it as a gift, and if I do he will refund them to me. Have I any way of holding him to this? I'm terrified I'll get hit with a massive bill!!

    I'm in Florida myself in 2 weeks but I'm having problems finding somewhere that sells these from a shop otherwise I'd just get one myself when I'm out there.

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    Hi, All i can say is that i have ordered several thing from the USA and they were marked as gift and I never had to pay any taxes.

    Yeah and good luck getting it fixed if you have a problem under warranty,:whistling:

    Original Poster

    It has an international warranty

    Let's just say, even if it's marked as gift that only allows you free customs tax until £30. After that its chargable.
    I'd cry if customs opened it..
    The tax could be in the hundereds..

    This is a laptop we are talking about. Even if he marks it 'gift' there is still a high chance that it'll get taxed at the customs. Furthermore, there is nothing you can do if he refuse to refund you if you get hit with tax since you are responsible in paying it so only do it if u trust him.

    If you don't want to take a risk, you can either:
    1) tell the seller to send to the your accommodation during your 2 weeks stay in USA
    2) buy from the USA when you are there. slickdeals.net to find deals from the USA or google and you'll find loads of deal sites.

    QUESTION: Does HP Global Warranty allow me to buy a product in one country and have it delivered in another?
    ANSWER: No. HP Global Warranty does not change export rules. For example, if you purchase your product in country "A," you must take delivery in country "A." You may then move it to country "B" where it will be covered by the warranty available for that product in country "B."

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    [COLOR="Red"]@tessb[/COLOR]

    The way I've done it before is to get the seller to box it up with a note in the box as if it's being returned back to you after repair. Basically if you've sent it back to him to get it repaired and he's just returning it to you after repair. You could even put an invoice together on Word and email it to him to print out and put in the box with the laptop.

    I've done it a few times with camera lenses and never had a problem, even when opened by customs.

    Original Poster

    Thanks everyone

    The warranty information is worrying, hmmmmm.

    I must be a bit dopey, but I'm having problems finding the location of somewhere I can actually walkinto and buy this when I'm away!! LOL

    Maybe if I arranged to have it delivered to my hotel when I'm in America?

    Original Poster

    stefor I like the idea of putting a note in suggesting it's been sent for repair, and would go with that if I now didn't have warranty concerns

    rep left for everyone

    tessb;5519016

    Thanks everyone :)The warranty information is worrying, hmmmmm. I must … Thanks everyone :)The warranty information is worrying, hmmmmm. I must be a bit dopey, but I'm having problems finding the location of somewhere I can actually walkinto and buy this when I'm away!! LOLMaybe if I arranged to have it delivered to my hotel when I'm in America?


    Best buy?
    Walmart?
    Target?

    tessb;5519016

    Thanks everyone :)The warranty information is worrying, hmmmmm. I must … Thanks everyone :)The warranty information is worrying, hmmmmm. I must be a bit dopey, but I'm having problems finding the location of somewhere I can actually walkinto and buy this when I'm away!! LOLMaybe if I arranged to have it delivered to my hotel when I'm in America?



    What about when you bring it back to the UK?

    tessb;5519016

    Thanks everyone :)The warranty information is worrying, hmmmmm. I must … Thanks everyone :)The warranty information is worrying, hmmmmm. I must be a bit dopey, but I'm having problems finding the location of somewhere I can actually walkinto and buy this when I'm away!! LOLMaybe if I arranged to have it delivered to my hotel when I'm in America?



    Even if you do that there have been many cases of people buying in USA and bringing home and finding they still have to return the laptop to the USA for repair,The warranty is only valid if they sell the exact same model here and by exact it means every single part,Just google " HP not honouring Global warranty" With most things buying in the US is OK but with a laptop this expensive i would seriously think twice,

    Note that a USA keyboard is NOT the same as a UK keyboard.

    Some of the keys are in different places.

    It will also have an American mains plug.

    guilbert53;5519155

    Note that a USA keyboard is NOT the same as a UK keyboard.Some of the … Note that a USA keyboard is NOT the same as a UK keyboard.Some of the keys are in different places.It will also have an American mains plug.



    Small difference between keyboard, which of course can be changed on the laptop and just have the keys wrong or even replace the keyboard one day. Mains plug? A £2 new lead would sort that out, the PSUs are nearly always 110v/230v.

    Original Poster

    Now I'm trying to weigh up whether or not this is a good idea, thanks every one for your input.

    The potential savings are just too hard to ignore!

    I believe the customs charges are 18.5%, plus whatever you get charged by the delivery company (£10-20).
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