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Buying In The US To Bring Back To The UK  
User currently offlineMarky From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 211 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4949 times:

I am looking at making the step to a digital SLR and as I am off to Florida next month I'm looking into the pros and cons of buying a Digital Rebel in the US and bringing it back to the UK.

I realise that I've got to look at import duty/VAT, but I reckon the price could be £200-£300 less than buying in the UK.

Can anyone give any advice about any disadvantages of doing this?

On the same subject, can anyone recommend any good camera stores in either Orlando or Fort Lauderdale/Miami. The only ones I've been able to find on the web are Ritz Camera, and Pittman Photo in Miami.

Thanks for any ideas.

Mark

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User currently offlineMdwalkman From China, joined Oct 2001, 208 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4938 times:

For myself, I have taken equipments from foreign countries to LHR more than 10 times (Terminal 3 and 4). Never had a problem. Just make sure you enter "Nothing to declare" gate after picking up your bagage. ;D

Just my thoughts.



Please excuse my poor English.
User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2819 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4904 times:

I have bought most of my camera gear over there!!!

It's fine although with bodies you will have to grab an english charger when u get bcak!!!

Just got my 100-400 in NYC!!!!!!!

Chris



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User currently offlineMarky From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 211 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4871 times:

Thanks for the replies guys.

Am pretty sure its what I'll do, just want to see if anyone can think of any pitfalls!!


User currently offlineArtsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4745 posts, RR: 34
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4866 times:

I realise that I've got to look at import duty/VAT, but I reckon the price could be £200-£300 less than buying in the UK.
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Why not just use the camera a little on holiday, bring it home with you as if you had taken it with you from the UK, and send the manuals etc to yourself via the post office.

Thus saving on the duty..

J


User currently offlineVoodoo From Niue, joined Mar 2001, 2074 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4850 times:

If I recall correctly, there is no import duty on -digital- cameras to the UK...you `just' have to pay VAT. So you might still save a packet even if you go through the `Declare' zone. It might be a good idea since supposedly they could ask you for receipts on your next trips.


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User currently offlineDonder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6660 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4833 times:

If I recall correctly
You do Smile


User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12460 posts, RR: 46
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4823 times:
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It might be a good idea since supposedly they could ask you for receipts on your next trips.

Yes, they can, and will if they have any reason to suspect you didn't buy an item in the UK. Plus, contrary to popular belief, they're not stupid. They have access to lists of s/ns of imported equipment and can easily check if your item was sold in the UK or not.



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User currently offlineThe Red Baron From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 90 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 4788 times:

Be careful - I looked at buying an Olympus mju-300 pocket digital in Florida last time I was there and on inspecting the guarantee it clearly stated that it was only valid in the USA, Canada and Mexico !!!!
Worth checking the guarantee is a worldwide one before shelling out your hard earned money.
Rgds
Bill


User currently offlineMarky From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 211 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 4781 times:

Thanks Bill, I'll make sure I check that out.

Thanks for all the other replies


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