Buying from play.com

Forgive me if this is a stupid question but play ship from jersey?

so is there any chance of getting hit with customs?

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Banned

no mate ive order loads from play no customs involved unless its drugs or arms only joking

Original Poster

well maybe some drugs but never no arms lol

thanks for the quick reply shall get the order away then

Never. I've placed hundreds over the years and never had any problems.

Banned

just look where your from that was not the joke

Original Poster

danby jason;1664809

just look where your from that was not the joke



im from just outside the herion capital of the uk

The peace agreement means i cant import no more arms tho :x

Yes they have a custom of sending you goods that you ordered and paid for.

It's a very relevant question actually and I'm not quite sure how they get round it with high value items. They may just have a warehouse on the mainland which gets round the problem but I'm not sure.

Would be interesting to find out.

I won a prize a year or so ago on Blah (Jersey) and the Office person mistakenly put a value on the item and that got hit for £32 customs duty. They paid it of course but it never did explain why that particular package got hit.

As I understand it Play prepay customs on things like R2 DVDs etc.

Not sure about other things, but when I bought a monitor from them it came from a warehouse somewhere in England.

If you're unsure, it might be worth giving them a ring: 0845 800 1020

They usually get round this marking the items as "gifts" apparently thats an allowed exclusion, multiple or larger boxes may attract attention of customs officers having a bad day

maddogb;1666032

They usually get round this marking the items as "gifts" apparently thats … They usually get round this marking the items as "gifts" apparently thats an allowed exclusion, multiple or larger boxes may attract attention of customs officers having a bad day



I've never known Play to mark anything as 'Gfts', and if they did, I would imagine they would soon get into serious deep doodoo with HMRC because it's fraud (some Canadian companies like DVDSoon, etc. tried to do this a few years ago and HMRC soon put a stop to it).

every item i've bought from mx2 in jersey comes marked as a gift

maddogb;1666350

every item i've bought from mx2 in jersey comes marked as a gift


Like nightswimmer says maddogb they ARE breaking the law doing that if they are running a business and sending stuff out marked gift.
I'll see if I can find the relevant source but it is correct.

I suspect it's covered under this but haven't yet found the actual agreement. (Probably 500 pages long anyway lol)

UK import VAT accounting scheme
UK Customs, Jersey Customs and Jersey Post have agreed a Scheme which consists of arrangements for:

(a) accounting for UK Import VAT on commercial consignments (excluding alcohol, tobacco and tobacco products) with a value exceeding £18 but not exceeding £2000, and all perfumes and toilet waters not exceeding £2000, that would otherwise be chargeable on the goods on importation into the UK; and,

(b) the import of commercial consignments (excluding goods liable to excise duty) with an intrinsic value not exceeding £18 into the UK;

using agreed postal routes other than those through an Office of Exchange (a Post Office which is manned by UK Customs).

Traders wishing to be authorised to despatch goods from Jersey to the UK under the Scheme should in the first instance contact:

Mr W. Burst
JPCCO
Customer Services
Jersey Post
Rue des Pres Trading Estate
St Saviour
Jersey
JE1 1AA
Tel + 44 (0) 1534 616612

Applications to join the Scheme are made in writing and will require the following:

i) agreement to abide by the Scheme’s Terms and Conditions

ii) submission of corporate due diligence documents

iii) premises inspection by the JPCCO

maddogb;1666350

every item i've bought from mx2 in jersey comes marked as a gift



I'm not saying some companies don't do this, but it is against the law and they are taking a big risk in doing it, especially if they make a policy of it.

However MX2 is tiny company compared to Play.com, and they can no doubt slip things through the cracks. Play.com on the other hand is a large company sending (I'm guessing) hundreds of orders a day, all marked with Play.com on the front of them - not so easy to sneak through.

nightswimmer;1666017

As I understand it Play prepay customs on things like R2 DVDs etc.



Just to follow this up, I found this on the ]HMRC Website:

Goods purchased from traders in Jersey and Guernsey
Customs has in place with the Jersey and Guernsey Customs and Postal authorities a special scheme that allows many of their traders to collect and pay to UK Customs import VAT on sales they make to UK customers. These traders, who are approved by the Jersey and Guernsey authorities, are allocated a unique authorisation number and this should be stated on the outside of your package. Under these arrangements you will be asked to pay import VAT, if applicable, at the time you make your purchase, and will not have to pay any additional costs such as import VAT, or the Royal Mail handling fee, when you receive your goods.



My last parcel from Play.com has "Import VAT Pre-Paid Authorisation No. 109" printed on the front of it, so I guess they are one of the 'approved' companies. However, like I say, if in any doubt, give them a call.


[p.s. Thanks hts ]

Original Poster

cheers everyone think i'l give them a call just dont wana get hit with customs on top of the cost already

allstar2;1666604

cheers everyone think i'l give them a call just dont wana get hit with … cheers everyone think i'l give them a call just dont wana get hit with customs on top of the cost already



Ask them how it works then you can tell us all , lol !! Good luck !

Original Poster

i will ring tonite if iget time if not then tomorrow

Welcome and didn't see this at first , ah well won't hurt to ask again
Interestingly when I was trying to find out about this I also came across they are bringing in a new tax system in April called GST which may well effect how they trade with the UK.
Was too long winded to read though so I may of got the wrong end of he stick.

We'll see if the prices go up !!

Take care nightswimmer



nightswimmer;1666591

Just to follow this up, I found this on the ]HMRC Website:Goods purchased … Just to follow this up, I found this on the ]HMRC Website:Goods purchased from traders in Jersey and GuernseyCustoms has in place with the Jersey and Guernsey Customs and Postal authorities a special scheme that allows many of their traders to collect and pay to UK Customs import VAT on sales they make to UK customers. These traders, who are approved by the Jersey and Guernsey authorities, are allocated a unique authorisation number and this should be stated on the outside of your package. Under these arrangements you will be asked to pay import VAT, if applicable, at the time you make your purchase, and will not have to pay any additional costs such as import VAT, or the Royal Mail handling fee, when you receive your goods.My last parcel from Play.com has "Import VAT Pre-Paid Authorisation No. 109" printed on the front of it, so I guess they are one of the 'approved' companies. However, like I say, if in any doubt, give them a call. [p.s. Thanks hts ]

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