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Old 01-15-2018, 01:43 PM   #1
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Pelican Parts , U.K. buyers beware !

Ordered a spin on oil filter conversion , great service , fast delivery , until today when i got shafted $50.00 by the U.K tax man , got the usual stuff from the supplier "it's in the small print", nothing we can do blah blah . So U.K buyers be warned , those "bargain" prices may not be such a bargain after all
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Old 01-15-2018, 02:12 PM   #2
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In all fairness, it’s not the fault of Pelican. In Canada, we’ in the same situation. Anything imported from the US gets dinged with duty, brokerage and taxes, plus the exchange offered by Paypal or credit card is never that favourable!
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Old 01-15-2018, 02:24 PM   #3
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In all fairness, it’s not the fault of Pelican. In Canada, we’ in the same situation. Anything imported from the US gets dinged with duty, brokerage and taxes, plus the exchange offered by Paypal or credit card is never that favourable!
Maybe they could have been a bit more open about the tax situation and not hide it in the small print ?
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totally what newart said; pelican can't be expected to know the sales tax/import tax/duty/etc for every country in the world. and if they did, and included it in the price, there is no easy mechanism for them to remit to the country in question. that's why it is charged at the border upon import, long after it has left pelican's hands.

what i hate is fed ex. you pay a big courier fee for international shipping, then you get with duty when it crosses the border, and THEN fed ex sends you a separate, seemingly arbitrary, invoice for brokerage fees.

but yeah, nothing is free; imported items in the UK are more expensive because they are including the import duties in the price, as well as any sales taxes, etc. and realise that they probably purchased in bulk, so saw better shipping rates than you would buying an individual item. and then there is the currency exchange game - what was the value of the $ when they purchased their items, vs now when you are looking to purchase. think it's expensive now? wait until the trade wars start and duty on luxury goods goes through the ruf.
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totally what newart said; pelican can't be expected to know the sales tax/import tax/duty/etc for every country in the world. and if they did, and included it in the price, there is no easy mechanism for them to remit to the country in question. that's why it is charged at the border upon import, long after it has left pelican's hands.

what i hate is fed ex. you pay a big courier fee for international shipping, then you get with duty when it crosses the border, and THEN fed ex sends you a separate, seemingly arbitrary, invoice for brokerage fees.

but yeah, nothing is free; imported items in the UK are more expensive because they are including the import duties in the price, as well as any sales taxes, etc. and realise that they probably purchased in bulk, so saw better shipping rates than you would buying an individual item. and then there is the currency exchange game - what was the value of the $ when they purchased their items, vs now when you are looking to purchase. think it's expensive now? wait until the trade wars start and duty on luxury goods goes through the ruf.
Don't get me started on FedEx , i had a very "interesting" conversation with them today
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dump some tea into the harbor, it worked for us
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You can buy it already in the UK so you don't have to run the gauntlet of imported parts.
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dump some tea into the harbor, it worked for us
If only it was that easy !
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dump some tea into the harbor, it worked for us
Great.
Laughed so hard coffee came out my nose.
Cleanup, aisle 1!

Found that out the hard way myself.
Anytime you buy out of country it’s likely you’ll get banged with duties and import tariffs. It’ll always piss you off, but next time you will know it’s coming.
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That was done to protest a special tax cut for the worlds largest corporation, the East India Trading Company.
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I refuse to buy from the US suppliers unless they use USPS, if they say no I don't buy as I got the shaft also from courier companies. At least USPS rarely charge broker fees and our beloved HST.
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If only it was that easy !
The secret is to dump the good stuff, like this tea:

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/britains-most-expensive-cup-tea-4294292
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