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    How can I pay my friend in the US $706 without him incurring fees?

    i need to buy something in america and want it shipped to their address but at the payment checkout it only lets me put in the billing address as a US one. now i dont have a US bank account so was wondereing how to send them the money. Do paypal charge? direct debit from my uk account to a US one??

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    Use Paypal but say its a "gift".

    That waves the fees.

    iPad?

    i dont think you can send ppg? my friend cant from hungary anyway without fees.
    when i bought from the usa i could do it with my card but send the item to my friend who posted to me.

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    Kzeove

    Use Paypal but say its a "gift".That waves the fees.




    is that for all over the world though?

    Send your "friend" the money via ppg and get them to purchase it

    Original Poster

    t0mm

    iPad?



    correct

    peterjmay

    is that for all over the world though?



    try it? it will say..and you may pay duty on it too..

    Edited by: "plumberman01" 31st Mar 2011

    Original Poster

    plumberman01

    try it? it will say..and you may pay duty on it too..




    pay duty?

    peterjmay

    correct


    Wait until you go over there and get it yourself?

    peterjmay

    pay duty?



    yes im unsue how or how much but my friend had a parcel from oz and cost her £50 for a jacket worth £10

    Original Poster

    t0mm

    Wait until you go over there and get it yourself?



    well i would but theres a 3 - 4 week delivery! and im not going till may not sure if theyll have stock


    Edited by moderator: "Mar 31, 2011 11:22" 31st Mar 2011

    Another customs link
    direct.gov.uk/en/…526

    Basically if its over £40 your're liable for VAT....

    Original Poster

    plumberman01

    http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsPortalWebApp/channelsPortalWebApp.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pageTravel_ShowContent&id=HMCE_CL_000014&propertyType=document#P26_2855




    depends on your luck

    peterjmay

    well i would but theres a 3 - 4 week delivery! and im not going till may … well i would but theres a 3 - 4 week delivery! and im not going till may not sure if theyll have stock

    I'm sure youll be fine

    I'm going the first week of june and I'm not worried about not finding stock.

    peterjmay

    depends on your luck




    well you may get it...and you may not...but its hardly a safe bet is it? if you're worried about stock buy it now to send to your mate and collect in may?
    Edited by: "plumberman01" 31st Mar 2011

    plumberman01

    http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsPortalWebApp/channelsPortalWebApp.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pageTravel_ShowContent&id=HMCE_CL_000014&propertyType=document#P26_2855



    gari189

    Another customs link … Another customs link [url=http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Nl1/Newsroom/DG_193526]http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Nl1/Newsroom/DG_193526[/url] Basically if its over £40 your're liable for VAT....


    He's not having it sent here, he's collecting it from his friend when he goes over there.

    AFAIK anyway....

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    Kzeove

    Use Paypal but say its a "gift".That waves the fees.



    you can't send paypal gift cross borders

    might be cheaper using western union or moneygram than paying the fees

    colinsunderland

    you can't send paypal gift cross bordersmight be cheaper using western … you can't send paypal gift cross bordersmight be cheaper using western union or moneygram than paying the fees


    I've sent money to my American friend many times and it's cost for PPG which is correct, but I think I only paid 5cent...


    It was 100% PPG.

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    t0mm

    I've sent money to my American friend many times and it's cost for PPG … I've sent money to my American friend many times and it's cost for PPG which is correct, but I think I only paid 5cent...It was 100% PPG.



    yes i meant sending free

    EDIT: think it is 1% for sending gift to the US, although the paypal site isn't exactly clear on the bit I looked at

    Original Poster

    plumberman01

    well you may get it...and you may not...but its hardly a safe bet is it? … well you may get it...and you may not...but its hardly a safe bet is it? if you're worried about stock buy it now to send to your mate and collect in may?



    even if i was stung, still work out cheaper than UK prices!

    peterjmay

    even if i was stung, still work out cheaper than UK prices!


    It doesn't! you pay your tax for the state then a brokerage fee + relevant taxes.

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    t0mm

    It doesn't! you pay your tax for the state then a brokerage fee + … It doesn't! you pay your tax for the state then a brokerage fee + relevant taxes.




    are u buying one in US then?

    peterjmay

    are u buying one in US then?


    Yeah, 32GB wifi or 16GB 3G on AT&T then I'll unlock it via jailbreak or something..
    New York state tax is only 8.75%ish so..

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    t0mm

    Yeah, 32GB wifi or 16GB 3G on AT&T then I'll unlock it via jailbreak or … Yeah, 32GB wifi or 16GB 3G on AT&T then I'll unlock it via jailbreak or something..New York state tax is only 8.75%ish so..




    arent u worried about getting stopped then?

    We do it all the time have friends in USA we use Royal Mail International Payments
    royalmail.com/por…751

    No cost to send payment to their bank account, and the rate is usually only a few pence less than the rate of exchange on the day.

    It tells you how much you getting for your money and you press when happy with the amount like when buying and selling shares.

    Any questions let me know we use it all the time.

    If you buying an Ipad 2 (which I have) make sure you buy it from a different state to the one you are sending it to therefore you dont have to pay the state tax!, shipping is free also! yey

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    does nevada not have sales tax?

    peterjmay

    arent u worried about getting stopped then?


    Not really ill throw the box away or ship it back here without the pad and just bring the ipad on flight with me.
    IF i get caught then que sera sera.

    nevada does have sales tax iirc.

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    colinsunderland

    you can't send paypal gift cross bordersmight be cheaper using western … you can't send paypal gift cross bordersmight be cheaper using western union



    I know a Nigerian Prince that said he'd be happy to help out.

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    guv

    I know a Nigerian Prince that said he'd be happy to help out.



    western union is just as safe as bank transfer/cheque/postal order or paypal gift payments

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    colinsunderland

    western union is just as safe as bank transfer/cheque/postal order or … western union is just as safe as bank transfer/cheque/postal order or paypal gift payments



    Indeed.... and no Nigerian Prince required!

    Original Poster

    ah well thanks for your replies, think ill chance it and buy it when i get there..im sure the ipad 2 hype will have died down then!

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    Looks like Nevada sales tax varies between 6.85% and 8.1% depending on county

    en.wikipedia.org/wik…tes

    Including 20% VAT if stopped by customs (can't remember if there's a duty on electronics to pay on top of VAT) you'll be shelling out between £564 and £569.

    Edited by: "dunfyboy" 31st Mar 2011
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