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    i am looking for skechers trainers and despite advice from hukd members..i have been unsuccessful in finding any apart from a few in schuh that i jus didnt like. so am looking on skechers website.... if i order from there its gonna cost 60 dollars plus postage.... no idea where and who and whther i pay tax on that amount. please help. muchas gracias.

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    You'll have to pay tax on anything over £18.

    To work out the total add the price of the item plus shipping
    Then add Duty (12% for clothes)
    Then add VAT (17.5%) to this total.
    Plus there will be a handling fee of £8 - £16 depending how it is shipped.

    buenos nochas-dont think you will as i got jewellery and didnt pay-they put gifts on the parcel..

    Cant they pass it off as a gift so it dont get taxed?

    Surely all the costs are involved when buying the product???

    louloo;2009117

    buenos nochas-dont think you will as i got jewellery and didnt pay-they … buenos nochas-dont think you will as i got jewellery and didnt pay-they put gifts on the parcel..



    Firstly, if found out that is fraud. Which is why many companies won't do it.

    That being said, you will still be taxed on gifts if the total of the goods is over £36.

    Just an example,I bought a pair of shoes from eBay from U.S.A.They were $80 value ( thats about £40 ) and I got card through from royal mail saying they had my parcel and to come down and the fee to pay,I had about £10 to pay plus a £3 or 4 handling fee,this was probably about 2 yrs ago now.

    Other times I've had parcels from U.S.A and I've worked out I pay bk about 25% of the order value,thats when been Disney Store,UPS delivered to me and another website I used called Kid Surplus who I think it was Amtrak or Fed Ex who brought it to door.
    I have a friend over there so he often shifts me stuff over but I don't take advantage too much as it will get suspicious.

    even with that its cheaper tho as most things i look at are 50% lower price?

    Basically think how much you want the shoes and if its going be worth paying that extra £15-20.

    louloo;2009170

    even with that its cheaper tho as most things i look at are 50% lower … even with that its cheaper tho as most things i look at are 50% lower price?



    Yeh it's cheaper over there,better offers,better clearance sales,I often purchase from over there.

    Original Poster

    thanks for replies.... wow thats a lot more than i thought!! rep to all....

    think i will probably not het them..nothing really special...well not special enough to cost that much.... will get another pair of superstars instead. thanks guys x

    Original Poster

    rep tomorrow .... no powers today

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    nightswimmer;2009155

    Firstly, if found out that is fraud. Which is why many companies won't do … Firstly, if found out that is fraud. Which is why many companies won't do it.That being said, you will still be taxed on gifts if the total of the goods is over £36.



    really thats why dvdcrave and Movietyme do the "gift" trick i have ordered loads of stuff of movietyme including a £400 blu-ray player which funnily stated Gift when it arrived so companies will do it :thumbsup:

    corrsmaniac;2010225

    really thats why dvdcrave and Movietyme do the "gift" trick i have … really thats why dvdcrave and Movietyme do the "gift" trick i have ordered loads of stuff of movietyme including a £400 blu-ray player which funnily stated Gift when it arrived so companies will do it :thumbsup:



    Really. £36 is the limit for gifts. Anything over that and you are liable for tax. Obviously not all packages get picked up, but you have no way of guaranteeing that your package will be one of the lucky ones that gets through, so you should always be prepared for the worst. And it's not a trick, it's fraud. That's not to say some companies won't mark the items as 'giifts', as some do, hence why I said 'many' won't, but that doesn't make it any less a fraud.

    You may remember back when DVDSoon was a decent company, they too were 'customs friendly' until HMCR got a hold of them and forced them to stop sending items as gifts. Also, I believe that MovieTyme reships some stuff from within the UK, to get around the issue.

    If you don't believe me, feel free to check out what HMRC has to say on the matter ]here and ]here.

    If it goes through royal mail it's £8 handling fee (got charged that for Call of Duty 4....) and it's also the VAT and Duty on the price of the shoes and the postage!

    mandmdirect do sketchers?

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    MarzBarz;2010306

    mandmdirect do sketchers?



    thanks marz...will check to see if their selection is decent enough.
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