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    I bought an iphone from the US and received it last week. Today i got an invoice from Fedex, the delivery company asking for £16.

    VAT is £6, the rest is their advancement fee. Whats annoying is that they did not say this when delivering otherwise i would have refused the item. Instead they automatically paid the VAT charge and now expect me to pay it plus thier fee.

    I have read the info they have given and none of it gives details of what happens if i dont pay. I really do not see how i can be legally liable to pay for this, and want to know what happens if i ignore???

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    I'm afraid I believe you are liable. Hopefully someone who has done something similar can be of further assistance.

    Not unusual, you just have to pay it. It's like when something is underpaid via the Royal Mail network you get a yellow sticker saying how short the stamp was and a £1 admin charge.

    Strange,With royal mail they dont usually release the item until you pay the charges,

    Original Poster

    Thats whats annoying because i would have preferred to refuse the item then rather than being forced to pay it and given no option

    ur liable. same happened to me when i ordered afew computer bits overseas. i got stuck with a £20 import tax charge i had to pay. if u only bought it in the US to save the 16 u wouldve saved u were better off buying it here

    Seems a reasonable amount considering how much iPads cost. Surely you'll still be making a saving if you cough up the £16?

    I bought a PS2 game a few years ago from a European website and got stung with a £6 import charge. The game was only worth £30 :x

    Seems a low charge for an iphone. You have no option, you must pay.

    oldmanhouse;8668556

    Seems a reasonable amount considering how much iPads cost. Surely you'll … Seems a reasonable amount considering how much iPads cost. Surely you'll still be making a saving if you cough up the £16?



    They've said it's an Iphone rather than an Ipad, £6 vat is pretty low even for an Iphone never mind an Ipad.

    To the OP, if you don't pay up I'd expect Fedex to hand the debt over to a debt collection agency and then move onto court if still no money.

    John

    Original Poster

    no it was a faulty iphone, worth hardly anything so £16 is more than what im willing to pay, the value was £50. I am going to try to argue it, because i was given no option, atleast Royal Mail give you the option of refusing the item, but a £10 admin fee is way ott.

    Also it wasn't me who signed for it so surely i can just say i didn't want it, hopefully then come and take it back...grrr

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    khy86;8668663

    no it was a faulty iphone, worth hardly anything so £16 is more than what … no it was a faulty iphone, worth hardly anything so £16 is more than what im willing to pay, the value was £50. I am going to try to argue it, because i was given no option, atleast Royal Mail give you the option of refusing the item, but a £10 admin fee is way ott.Also it wasn't me who signed for it so surely i can just say i didn't want it, hopefully then come and take it back...grrr


    surely you shouldnt have been liable for any VAT if it was a second hand broken iphone! :w00t:

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    csiman;8668949

    surely you shouldnt have been liable for any VAT if it was a second hand … surely you shouldnt have been liable for any VAT if it was a second hand broken iphone! :w00t:



    if its been brought into the country and not had customs/duty paid on it before then why not?

    all companies have to pay why should individuals be exempt? if it was this way nobody would buy things from this country to avoid paying customs/duty/import charges:?

    i know there used to be a way around the tax if the sender sent as a gift but i think thats no longer the case with things of a certain value. taxman always wins =[

    I forgot about one and after receiving a reminder i eventually decided to pay 8 months later only, to be told they couldn't find the invoice details as they normally write them off after 6 months. It'll probably cost more to chase it up for them i would have thought.
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