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    Ebay

    Looking at the Zeiss scope that are advertised on ebay at what appears on the surface to be good prices. But, they come in from the states. Does anyone have any experience of bringing one of these scopes into the UK and what is after sale service like ?

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    Have a search on here.
    If it is a Conquest there is no after-sale care short of sending it back to the states.
    You will pay import tax/duty/vat etc, and if you need to send it back for repair will probably have to pay it again when it comes back.
    (unless you kept all the various receipts.

    Neil.

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    As above you are liable for paying any import tax, duty, etc but also be aware that the duty is calculated on the total, i.e. item cost + shipping / postage. Royal mail will pay this to the inland revenue on your behalf, then charge you a fee on top of the duty for having done so. They will not deliver until these costs have been paid. The prices are a lot less attractive after these additions.

    Noah.

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    First class advice, cheers lads.

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    if you can get the vendor to list it as a gift and specify it as an item of lower value then you could get away without duty if you are lucky. depends on the vendor

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    Quote Originally Posted by shootingduckdog View Post
    if you can get the vendor to list it as a gift and specify it as an item of lower value then you could get away without duty if you are lucky. depends on the vendor
    Then you have no insurance for a very expensive scope.
    Should it be opened by customs you and the seller are in big trouble, not worth it.

    Neil.

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    Get it sent as a gift, but get it sent by UPS as there are then no charges this side (royal mail dont rip you off) there are many sellers from the US who also offer dispatch from within the EU to avoid this problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CWMMAN3738 View Post
    Get it sent as a gift, but get it sent by UPS as there are then no charges this side (royal mail dont rip you off) there are many sellers from the US who also offer dispatch from within the EU to avoid this problem.
    UPS deliver items, and then bill you for any import charges after you have the goods.

    Neil.

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    You need to be sure that it is genuine, not all fakes are posted from the far east, some European scopes are more expensive in the states

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    Quote Originally Posted by CWMMAN3738 View Post
    Get it sent as a gift, but get it sent by UPS as there are then no charges this side (royal mail dont rip you off) there are many sellers from the US who also offer dispatch from within the EU to avoid this problem.
    Hmmm really?

    I always understood that international postal rates were set by agreement between the differeing countries. So the Royal Mail knew darn well that packages from abroad would need to go through cuatoms and would ahve taken that into account at the time. But yet they have for some time now charged for "presenting the goods" to customs when in fact one has already paid for the service of delivery.

    Just ask at any sorting office counter why there is an extra charge when the full postage has already been paid and watch them bluster. Nine times out of ten if a parcel comes from abroad and needs this extortion paid I have to do a near 30 mile round trip as they won't bring it out like they used to and get the payment at the door. Seems too much of it went missing due to the trusting nature of their employees. When the question about them not full filling thier end of the contract is asked they als get all up tight and bluster. No wonder their losing more and more custom.

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