If the GM-1 was sold as 'Body only' I might be tempted ...

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ericN2
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Re: If the GM-1 was sold as 'Body only' I might be tempted ...
In reply to AG, 9 months ago

AG wrote:

ericN2 wrote:

AG wrote:

ebay : new, body ONLY USD 590 + free shipping

AG -

As I presume you are in US when giving that $$$ price, I have to assume that at no time have you been in the position of trying to import anything from US to UK. I gave that idea up long ago when I wanted to buy some article from B&H...I asked the cost and the amount they were charging for post alone was almost as much as the modest price article. It is horrendously expensive (or can be) to Import from US to UK..especially such as a camera.. which by its nature almost invariably would be caught by Customs who then add a Duty fee..PLUS some sort of Handling etc...PLUS then our also innocuous Value Added Tax of 20%...the camera can end up damn near anything from 50-75% maybe higher than the initial payment.. and likely is little difference to the price here anyway.

Sorry but the idea is just not as good as you may think.

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/eric
Staffordshire, UK

Not exactly the case you have mentioned above. Yes I am in US, but seller(s) is in Taiwan, there would be no US->UK problems. Not sure what would be any other tax on UK custom if any , but here , in US, normally whatever I am paying to abroad seller is what total cost to me. And this one has S&H included:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-PANASONIC-DMC-GM1-GM1-CAMERA-BODY-ONLY-SILVER-by-EMS-/141141874477?pt=Digital_Cameras&hash=item20dcb6172d

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-PANASONIC-DMC-GM1-GM1-CAMERA-BODY-ONLY-BLACK-by-EMS-/380796404629?pt=Digital_Cameras&hash=item58a93c0395

Don't rely on your US situation to represent what it is here alas.  If it comes in from US.. Taiwan . HK .. Japan or indeed anywhere outside UK..and the item is clearly above a nominal value (and it cannot be hidden in any realistic way if it is sold such as it should be..)  then it will without a doubt be captured for UK Duties...both Customs + Handling + our dratted 20% VAT ...a BIG lot extra over what you may have paid to the overseas Seller.  Almost all Far East Sellers on our Ebay make it clear in the small print that they are not responsible for Import Duties..small items of course are hardy ever charged..but such as a camera box is simply not escapable.. and I'd NEVER buy such a thing unless I had exactly as I'd buy it here..the selling value drops dramatically if you cannot give pretty well as it is normally sold here.

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/eric
Staffordshire, UK

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