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VAT question

Blue John (Elite) posted this on Thursday, 7th August 2014, 15:33

I'm looking at getting a CD/DVD Boxset, which I couldn't afford when it came out here, but is now out of print in the UK.

I can get it on eBay from Italy for about £100 including P&P, or I can get it from Play.com for just over £80 with free P&P, but it ships from Canada.

I understand that I won't be liable for any charges for the one from eBay, as it's within the EU, but HMRC say that I will have to pay 20% VAT on the one from Play (although there would be no Import Duty, as it's below £135). I would imagine that Royal Mail would also add a chunk on...

However, Play's website clearly states
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VAT is included on all applicable products, If you need a VAT invoice, you'll need to contact the Seller directly to ask for one.
I've been on their online chat help, but they don't seem really sure.

Can anybody please clarify...

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Si


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RE: VAT question

admars (Elite) posted this on Thursday, 7th August 2014, 15:51

often these overseas sellers, based in US/Canada ship from Europe somewhere so you don't pay duties, so it's probably worth the risk

RE: VAT question

Pete-MK (Elite Donator) posted this on Thursday, 7th August 2014, 16:25

I always thought that was the reason Amazon shipped from the Channel Islands, so they could sell at low prices because UK levies didn't apply

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RE: VAT question

Blue John (Elite) posted this on Thursday, 7th August 2014, 17:11

That changed a couple of years ago, which is why Play shut down its direct retail operation. It's now just like Amazon Marketplace. Play are adamant that I won't get charged any extra, HMRC are adamant that I will.

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Si



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RE: VAT question

Robee J Shepherd (undefined) posted this on Thursday, 7th August 2014, 17:13

I thought they closed that loophole some time ago?
http://www.theguardian.com/business/2012/mar/15/vat-loophole-on-cds-closed


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RE: VAT question

bandicoot (Elite) posted this on Thursday, 7th August 2014, 20:02

If the sender is outside the EU then you can get hit with customs duty. It is usually the delivery company that gives you the bill.

So nowadays better to buy CD's/DVD's within the EU.

I and thousands millions of others used to get them from Jersey via Amazon online, as they were cheaper and legal at the time, but as said above they closed that loophole.

RE: VAT question

Si Wooldridge (Reviewer) posted this on Thursday, 7th August 2014, 20:06

I can remember buying some CD's dead cheap from Hong Kong, I think I got Kylie's Fever in this way - which I just checked the date on Amazon and bloody hell, hadn't realised how long ago that was...

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RE: VAT question

admars (Elite) posted this on Thursday, 7th August 2014, 20:24

I was referring to companies like Moviemars USA, and Caiman on Amazon, they sell USA DVDs, CDs etc, and are listed as being in USA, but when the goods arrive, they've been shipped from Germany, or Belgium, so you pay the price that was advertised on Amazon. DVD Pacific do a similar thing.

google the seller in question, their name and custom charges, you'll probably find your answer ona  forum like this one :)


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