Marky From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 215 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5160 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.
Mdwalkman From China, joined Oct 2001, 208 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5149 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
Voodoo From Niue, joined Mar 2001, 2104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5061 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.
Scbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12898 posts, RR: 46
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 5034 times:
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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The Red Baron From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 90 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4999 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.