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Old 09-15-2020, 07:58 AM   #1
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UK Collectors input please, on VAT & Delivery

Haven't ordered for a while from Sideshow, or anyone International, but did so recently for something from Sideshow, for a product which is 3rd in the line of 2 other products I already have.

Waitlist converted. Great. Checked the postage £150. Lol, what?

The previous items earlier last year cost me £60-70. What is with the rise of price? No explanation whatsoever, just a random estimation.

I thought to myself, okay well at least it's being shipped by DHL who I have been fortunate with with £50-60 vat bills.

Custom & VAT Bill for this came to £160?

What in the Christ Almighty of ****, £300+ for shipping and vat, when last year It was less than £150 for both.

I did the calculations, and including shipping the item came to about $700, so 20% of that is 108 approx, plus handling fee maybe.

Have I missed something? I need to know where these figures are being pulled from because if this is the new future, then stick a fork in me.

Any input would be appreciated, as I can't get hold of DHL, and they probably wouldn't give two squirts anyway If I did get through.
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Old 09-15-2020, 08:22 AM   #2
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Feel your pain mate, most of my recent purchases have all been from Europe so thankfully none of that nonsense. I do however have one big statue sitting in the US that I may have to arrange my own delivery due to shipping+customs. Its becoming a bit of a joke. My missus bought me the SS Galactus from a buyer in the states last year and didn't clock onto custom charges, cost me 400+ just to release it.

As for Sideshow I think they changed the custom codes. I have 4 preorders with them and the shipping/customs is only dawning on me now... fook.
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Old 09-15-2020, 08:47 AM   #3
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I am in the UK and I only order from UK distributor because Vat is included and the site I use is free delivery I have to wait a little longer but its worth it. When I do the math on it I save money due to free delivery. I bought a superman premium format and it cost me about 700 quid direct from sideshow it was on the site I use now for 465 pound.
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Old 09-15-2020, 08:48 AM   #4
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The customs code changed so now VAT is closer to 20% which is actually correct. We were lucky in the past couple of years that it was wrong.

The increased shipping cost I am not sure of the exact reason but from reading these forums even domestic shipping has gone up quite a bit.
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Old 09-15-2020, 08:50 AM   #5
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Yep I've been saying it for months now, not really worth ordering direct anymore.

The £ is rubbish right now, shipping prices are just going up and up and theres not even the relief of 5% import fee's anymore.

Also as prices creep up they get to that magic $1000 price point where you also have DUTY added not just the 20% customs...

Also the 20% customs is on shipping aswell as the item price...

After i paid £650 in shipping and taxes on my Prime 1 Gurren Lagann from SS...i figured yeah i'm done with importing stuff.

And the 2nd hand market is so amazing atm, people can't wait to sell stuff cheap so they can fund the next thing...
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Old 09-15-2020, 08:52 AM   #6
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In short don't import use UK or EU distributors.
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Old 09-15-2020, 08:54 AM   #7
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I am not in Europe but I know sideshow uses harmonized code 3929.40 (Statuettes & Other Ornamental Articles of Plastic) for customs. I would call DHL and ask what code they are using to compare but unfortunately it is about 20% of the purchase price + shipping, which is insane to anyone who doesn't live in the states.

I have to be extremely picky with what pieces I collect because the taxes entering the country are brutal. Have to factor that into the cost of doing business and prevents me from POing too many before they land.
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Old 09-15-2020, 10:06 AM   #8
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Samhain, just out of curiosity what was it you had ordered?
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Old 09-15-2020, 11:53 AM   #9
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Using my reward points and gift card balance from all my PCS cancellations then i'm done. Brought a tear to my eye every time I use to open a fedex letter or DHL mail
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Old 06-14-2021, 06:49 AM   #10
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Unfortunately, shipping costs in the UK are incredibly high. So, itís better to look for alternatives. When I used to live there, even shipping some sold books on eBay was expensive. The Royal Mail was the best, though, but the prices there are enormous. The UPS constantly struggles to deliver something on time. Besides, the mailmen there tend to give my orders to some random dudes just standing outside my building.
Precisely the same thing I can about international shipping. Luckily locals suggested I use shipping services that provide a newgistics parcel tracking. It helps to protect your order from getting lost somewhere.
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