|| 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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.