Found 30th Jul 2010
Got a couple of questions that I would be very grateful if someone could answer!
First off, I'll be spending a couple of hundred quid on clothes and stuff no doubt, and may get an iPad there too if I've got enough money left. Will I have to declare all of this or is it worth me keeping quiet and pretending that I owned the items before the holiday?
Also do UK Debit cards work over there? I've got a Co-operative bank Visa card that I'd be using, but what exchange rate would I be going by if I used it in shops? Also is there a fee if I were to use it?
Thanks

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there is a limit on what new goods you can bring back.best thing to do is to make sure there are no labels or reciepts .....

If your suitcase weighs a lot more on the way back than it did on the way out customs do sometimes stop you (happened to me once).

They will also know if the iPad has been bought in the US so no chance of you fooling them.

I would buy everything on a credit card not debit card, you are covered much better on a credit card than a debit card.
Edited by: "guilbert53" 30th Jul 2010

Your debit card will work, but, let your bank know before you go otherwise they may decline transactions, which we found out in Tiffanys lol

Banned

I would love to go to New York.

Have a great time.

Go to century 21 down by ground zero, great discounts of designer gear, google it, should be a website with the location. It is right next to ground zero so if you are there you should be able to find it

In addition, make sure you take labels off of everything you buy, and out of boxes then you can claim it is a used item and will not be liable for customs tax i think!?

Yes take the labels off any clothes you buy there so it looks like you brought them with you. And definitely go to Century 21 - you need to have a good rake though because its massive and busy but worth it when you find bargains. I got a Ralph Lauren bag originally $80 down to $20 which was around £12 at the time. Also have a wander round Little Italy for a pizza - its like the Godfather lol. And get a meal in one of the restaurants in Chinatown - cheap as chips. Have a fab time - wish I was going again.

Original Poster

Cheers DLM

asayer

Go to century 21 down by ground zero, great discounts of designer gear, … Go to century 21 down by ground zero, great discounts of designer gear, google it, should be a website with the location. It is right next to ground zero so if you are there you should be able to find it


Thanks for that, yeah already been told about Century 21 by a few people so I'll be sure to check it out!
callan/eva

Your debit card will work, but, let your bank know before you go … Your debit card will work, but, let your bank know before you go otherwise they may decline transactions, which we found out in Tiffanys lol


Will do
guilbert53

If your suitcase weighs a lot more on the way back than it did on the way … If your suitcase weighs a lot more on the way back than it did on the way out customs do sometimes stop you (happened to me once).They will also know if the iPad has been bought in the US so no chance of you fooling them.I would buy everything on a credit card not debit card, you are covered much better on a credit card than a debit card.


Thanks for the reply, just out of interest how will they know if it was bought in the US or UK?

In a New York book I was reading the other day, it said that on average, 5% of people were picked to be searched by customs which makes me wonder if I should take the risk or not

No worries with any of that

For the iPad get apple to email a receipt from in store rather than a paper one...ditch the box and bobs your uncle no issues at all with customs

For the clothes,take off the tags and ditch the receipts


You will have no issues whatsoever

I'm going next year. Lt me know how you get on and any tips.

Wear the clothes and mix in with your dirty washing!!

Good luck with the shopping and looking forwards to the pics. http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii78/chesso_photos/animated%20smilies/hukdthumbsup2.gif

As above, cut out all the labels and post the receipts to yourself if you need them.

You may still get caught, but lessens the likelihood. they do this day in day out, and aren't stupid.
I used to go 3 times a year to buy clothes, only got collared once.

Original Poster

What happens when you do get caught?
Also does anybody know what exchange rate would be used by using my card there, which obviously has £'s in it.
Cheers for the replies guys

Sometimes the shops abroad will ask if you want to have your card debited in local currency or sterling. Always go for local currency as it works out cheaper (though I can't remember why)

Definately go to Woodbury Common - you need a whole day to spend there - mainly for clothes, but you can find other things there too. You need to arrange a coach, I did this before I went to New York, but it is worth it! Spent a lot in Ralph Lauren (Polo tops for $30-$40, jumpers for $30). There are usually discount books you get from various coach companies which are very good also.

weirdwilli

What happens when you do get caught? Also does anybody know what exchange … What happens when you do get caught? Also does anybody know what exchange rate would be used by using my card there, which obviously has £'s in it.Cheers for the replies guys



You pay the duty and a fine.

I did pm you about new york but no reply..
Got some useful tips as well.

Original Poster

Sorry mate, don't seem to get the little pop up saying you've got a PM any more, reading it now

No worries, sorry for being abrupt.
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