My first order from HLJ should hopefully be here tomorrow, I was surprised how quickly it arrived in the UK in fact it spent more time in customs than getting over here I had factored into the cost that I may have to pay VAT and the invoice for that arrived this morning what I hadn't considered was having to pay the courier nearly the same amount again for the pleasure especially considering I've already for postage when I placed the order
the term 'Rip Off Britain' gets thrown around alot and it's starting to make sense when company's are doing things like this especially when our import allowance is already low compared to other countries
Man, that's a bit steep... I suppose in some cases it's worth it to order from within the UK (if the item you want is available) and pay a slightly higher price just to avoid paying horrendous amounts of VAT like that...
In Soviet Russia, Iron Curtain GB builds you!
People look at me funny when I say I own "Fifty shades of Grey". FS36118, FS36270, FS36375.....
AU is now talking about bringing the limit down from $1000 to as low as $20 so this is in my future. I bought a two pack of 1:6 MG 34s for fun the other day. They are very cool and large and were only $9 US. I was lucky to find them at that price as on ebay they are 3-4 times that. The postage is standard across the board..... $45 US. We are keeping our postage services alive (in the electronic communication era), through postage charges.
with all these lovely price hikes to you postage and taxes, maybe the brick and mortars will make a come back as they now they can compete against the the online businesses...just thinking out loud...who knows ya'll.
Update In Stash:
Lots of 1/35 Armor mainly WWII German and a few Modern British/American pieces, 1/32 Aircraft and 1/48 Aircraft. Aircraft chosen to replicate RNZAF and RAAF types through the years. Some RAF & USAF types exist also.
USPS!! Don't get me started
I imported a rifle stock and through the track function watched it travel from mid US to the East Coast, then to the West Coast and back to the East Coast before it left the country.
The other thing that gets me is this new Rural Delivery surcharge. What's up with that? I've never been charged extra for sending but it's common to be charged extra on TradeMe and from some model shops.
I fear it is too late for the bricks and mortar shops. Its too expensive for them to compete even if the taxes are applied. I have one other thing I want to buy on line and then that's pretty much it. Government greed rather than saving local businesses
NZ Post offer the YouShop service that will give you an address in different countires that can then send onto NZ.
Bricks and mortar may stand a chance here with the proposed changes to GST on imports.
It may still be cheaper to import yourself but unless they improve the process for paying duty/GST etc it will put a lot of people off and will likley send them to NZ based reatilers.
And with the NZ$ in its current state its actually worth asking your LHS about their prices.
example, the new Tamiya Mosquito from HK is only a little cheaper than a local store, and mich more of a slide and that mossie will be getting close to attracting extra fees before it makes it to your hands.
Stand aside caffine, this is a job for alcohol.
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