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US Imports? Aug. 11th, 2003 10:09 pm
Anyone ever bought T-shirts from Thinkgeek for UK delivery?
Anyone want anything from there if I were to manage to pull together a bulk order?

I'm trying to figure approx how much the customs charges would be - any ideas, let me know. (Shipping looks like about $3 on a T-shirt, or less, once numbers get up).

To Clarify: I've no intent of trying to dodge customs; I'm trying to find out if customs make this impractical, which it looks like they might - I'll have to try and find out if trade imports are any cheaper as there might be someone who can help there...

From: dennyd
Date: August 11th, 2003 - 02:31 pm (Link)
The customs stuff can be quite painful, I got hit for enough to make me wince when it arrived. I emailed them about it, and they said they were going to add a ticky box on the order form so you could claim the stuff was a gift from someone in the USA (which makes it immune apparently)... dunno if they ever got around to it.
From: swiftangel
Date: August 11th, 2003 - 02:39 pm (Link)
I've only ever ordered from them for US delivery, but I saw Denny's comment. If there isn't an option to declare the order as a gift, then you'll have to make sure you're under the UK limit (don't know for sure what that is, but it may be about the cost of 1 t-shirt) to avoid having to pay extra on delivery.
From: marnameow
Date: August 11th, 2003 - 02:54 pm (Link)
The one time I ordered lots of shirts from there was vast amounts of faffage with customs and then with couriers arriving at the office at 8am and refusing to leave the t-shirts without payment for the customs and their 'handling charge', and I think I ended up paying an absolute fortune out - £50 or so - extra for maybe ten tshirts.

Mind that's more than a year ago now, and I might just have been unlucky.

let me know

From: kingginger
Date: August 11th, 2003 - 03:19 pm (Link)
I'm game for running the customs gauntlet :-)
From: barakta
Date: August 11th, 2003 - 04:14 pm (Link)
Customs from Thinkgeek are IIRC still evil, as a rule customs check anything with more than 2 items in it. a friend ordered me 2 thinkgeek teeshirts for my birthday and got stung by customs for a significant amount of money.

I have decided next time I can afford ThinkGeek goodies I will get them delivered to a pet-Merkin and get them repackaged and sent in smaller parcels as gifts.

Good luck if you decide to run the customs gauntlet.... I will drool at the goodies from afar as I'm a skint student.

From: lozette
Date: August 12th, 2003 - 01:27 am (Link)
I ordered a t-shirt from ThinkGeek (the binary cutie one :-) in an order with a friend of about 4 t-shirts. I can't remember exactly how much extra I paid for customs, but I remember feeling a bit guilty for having spent the total amount (t-shirt + customs chip-in) on one t-shirt. Something around £22-24 IIRC.
From: hypermallard
Date: August 12th, 2003 - 12:19 pm (Link)
Been stung before (could probably dig out the receipts if you want exact figures).

Would be interested in a T-Shirt or two though, if you do do an order :-)