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Brian

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Re: Buying from Europe
« Reply #23 on: April 03, 2021, 08:50:57 AM »
It probably depends aba, whether you are a private sellor, or a enterprise subject to tax control in hyour own country, with a VAT number and obligeation of annual accounting declarations.  But wiuthin EC, VAT is not applied, as it is for foreign countries ...  So it depends how the seller is declaring himself in his country. (I guess)


Just to show how crazy things are - this year 7 packages from Berlinner Zinnfiguren and Sammelsurium came through UK customs without a problem, one in the past week. Another on the same day incurred 20% import charge etc. Exactly the same customs declaration and lower value than the package which got through. Judging by the tracking data (see image), Customs changed its mind....


Looks like their just making it up as they please  ???


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Re: Buying from Europe
« Reply #22 on: April 02, 2021, 05:26:19 PM »
It probably depends aba, whether you are a private sellor, or a enterprise subject to tax control in hyour own country, with a VAT number and obligeation of annual accounting declarations.  But wiuthin EC, VAT is not applied, as it is for foreign countries ...  So it depends how the seller is declaring himself in his country. (I guess)


Just to show how crazy things are - this year 7 packages from Berlinner Zinnfiguren and Sammelsurium came through UK customs without a problem, one in the past week. Another on the same day incurred 20% import charge etc. Exactly the same customs declaration and lower value than the package which got through. Judging by the tracking data (see image), Customs changed its mind....

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Re: Buying from Europe
« Reply #21 on: March 28, 2021, 03:17:12 PM »
Keep buying in Europe, aba, flats come from Europe and mainly Germany ... unless they are painted, of course!
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Re: Buying from Europe
« Reply #20 on: March 28, 2021, 02:59:27 PM »
Yes absolutely for Berliner Zinnfiguren or "Sammelsurium" etc it is not possible but for private sellers there is no need to do it that way. Nevertheless sometimes private seller especially in US activate this eBay options and so some flats of 20 USD have 90 USD postage and custom clearance which is quite crazy.

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Re: Buying from Europe
« Reply #19 on: March 26, 2021, 06:15:48 PM »
It probably depends aba, whether you are a private seller, or a enterprise subject to tax control in your own country, with a VAT number and obligeation of annual tax reporting obligations.  But within EC, VAT is not applied, as it is for foreign countries ...  So it depends how the seller is declaring himself in his country. (I guess)
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Re: Buying from Europe
« Reply #18 on: March 26, 2021, 05:13:18 PM »
Dear all,


now when sending flats to GB its just the same as if sending to Switzerland or the US. At eBay there are some sellers who simply switch on the ebay sales system which leads to high postage and formally correct but equally high custom declarations. When you are a commercial seller there is probably no other way offered than to use this system.


But for all private sellers it is still possible (at least if there are not many flats) to send them by using a simple letter or maxi-letter with low postage and no customs. But formally this is not correct of course. Any way it works still very good.




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Re: Buying from Europe
« Reply #17 on: March 26, 2021, 04:05:37 PM »
Again today received and package from Jacques in Holland, no problems

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Re: Buying from Europe
« Reply #16 on: March 26, 2021, 03:34:59 PM »
Sadly I can remember the days before we were part of a European Union and traded on a normal basis with individual countries . No problems you wrote a letter, waited for a reply, agreed a price including postage, paid by bank transfer and got your goods, all correctly done.
We joined the Union through actions of Politicians who thought they knew better than the common people., and this is the start of the mess.
The EU did not like us taking our money out of the pot and as a act of revenge imposed all sorts of nasty little rules, the result is a steep decline in all trade with the Eu, a decline which will continue, the EU lost not only our input but that of many buyers both trade and public  currently a 40 per cent drop, when the new trade regulation on wine come out the decline will be more marked. The EU hurts no one but their their selves.

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Re: Buying from Europe
« Reply #15 on: March 26, 2021, 07:43:50 AM »
Gentlemen,

I think we are on the best way to crush a good and friendly relationship between us collectors.
It is the same thing I watch with friends / collegues / families as to the Corona-Regime here in Germany.

And I do not like it  :-\

Things are as bad as they are,
and I can see no good in pointing at past decisions.
Liquorice, sire, is not the least important of our benefits out of the dark heart of Arabia.

G.K.Chesterton

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Re: Buying from Europe
« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2021, 07:34:24 AM »
just an example of killing the business combo  :-X  hope in the end EU & UK will find some deal about the shopping/ selling

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Re: Buying from Europe
« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2021, 04:01:10 AM »
You now have the result of the European break
best regards
Wolfgang


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Re: Buying from Europe
« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2021, 03:38:26 PM »
I don't get it, I send and recive from Europe and have no problems at all  ??? 


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Re: Buying from Europe
« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2021, 10:54:28 AM »
Update: Ebay just called to say they will be refunding the VAT I paid on postage - I had paid 20% on one shipment, but 0 on another from a different seller. They won't say whether this is a change of policy or correction of a mistake, but they are 'working on what is in the best interests of all our customers'. Whatever that means. Meanwhile two shipments from Germany are stuck in UK customs for longer than normal....

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Re: Buying from Europe
« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2021, 10:34:21 AM »
Not all the population, Michel. Some of us were and always will be committed Europeans. It saddens me to think my friends all over Europe might think I subscribe to this folly.
Ed

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Re: Buying from Europe
« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2021, 09:21:20 AM »
With the added frustration that quite often the service provided does not match the fees paid, at least in the U.S.  Never know when will receive package these days.  Tough situation all around
JBA

 

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