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Good In The UK From NY

Sun Nov 12, 2006 8:40 pm

Wassssup!

Ok quick question for yas!

Im off to NY next week and need to get a few things.... Now being a girl im going to go mad on shopping.. i mean mad!

On my list is an Xbox 360 (on request from my mum for my bro) My question is.. will it work in the UK? also how much can i get out there without being slammed at customs in the UK?

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RE: Good In The UK From NY

Sun Nov 12, 2006 8:43 pm

Quoting Kazzie (Thread starter):
also how much can i get out there without being slammed at customs in the UK?

Check your clothes (I presume you will be buying lots of them) into your luggage and make it look like the clothes you took out.
Or just don't take any clothes out at all....

RE: XBOX i believe they are NTSC in the US as apposed to PAL here in the UK, so you may have to get it chipped.

Thanks
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RE: Good In The UK From NY

Sun Nov 12, 2006 9:15 pm

Kaz, I highly doubt the XBOS wuill work here in the UK, as it will be the American version, as mentioned already.

For your clothes, take 2 suitcases with you, both half full. Bring them both back full, but put all your new clothes into them, unwrapped.

Enjoy your first ever trip to NYC, you will love it - such a great city Big grin



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RE: Good In The UK From NY

Sun Nov 12, 2006 9:29 pm

I'm not making room in my case for it Miss Weller!!  Wink

I will be stocking up on clothes in NYC..

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 2):
Enjoy your first ever trip to NYC, you will love it - such a great city 

We shall!! (My 2nd time in the Big Apple!  Smile)

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RE: Good In The UK From NY

Sun Nov 12, 2006 11:29 pm

Yes, the best of luck to you.

Can make a couple of suggestions? Id suggest Century 21, right across from the world trade center site. Also, Carmines, near Times Square is wonderful(restaurant, though). Macys is of course great, but I know you are already going there. there is a Lacoste store on Madison, wonderful, I loved it (cant get enough Lacoste).


Have fun! BTW, Why are you going out of country just to go shopping?

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RE: Good In The UK From NY

Sun Nov 12, 2006 11:45 pm

Do UK Customs still care about how much stuff you bring back (apart from herbal valiums, obviously. Or bombs) ? What's the limit ? I wouldn't worry too much about Customs, anyway. Shopping in NYC is very good, go down to SoHo and shop in a frenzied manner. Where in NYC are you staying ? The Plaza, or The Pierre ?  Wink
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RE: Good In The UK From NY

Mon Nov 13, 2006 12:43 am

I wouldn't consider the X-box as it won't be compatable to the TV systems you use at home (we have 535 line screen systems, you have 625 line systems).
I know for years, there are even Charters out of the UK and Europe for Christmas shopping in the NYC area.
There are also other stores on 34th Street/Hearld Sq. area, including of national and local chains, also with a wide range of clothing and other goods.
As to electronics, stick to the chains, like Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA and avoid most of the others (except J&R, near NY City hall in lower Manhattan). Luggage is also a good buy in the USA, so just bring a junk bag with you for your basics, and take back new bags for all your new stuff.
Near Newark Airport is a huge outlet mall, "Jersey Gardens" with many clothing and other stores including expensive label brands, athletlic stuff. There is the Newport Mall in Jersey City, across by PATH train from NYC ($1.50 each way) with Macy's, Sears, JC Penny's department stores and a range of smaller chains stores and good shopping. In NYC the sales tax is 8.5% and is included on individual clothing items above $110. In NJ is is 7% (3.5% in some cities, including Jersey City) and NONE on all clothing, shoes (except I think furs).
You could also stay in New Jersey, in places like Secacus, only about a 25 minute bus ride for 3.10 each way and about 1/2 the prices of NYC. More money for shopping!
Enjoy your trip from a NYC metro person.
 
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RE: Good In The UK From NY

Mon Nov 13, 2006 12:50 am

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 6):
You could also stay in New Jersey, in places like Secacus, only about a 25 minute bus ride for 3.10 each way and about 1/2 the prices of NYC. More money for shopping!
Enjoy your trip from a NYC metro person.

I hear Elizabeth is nice this time of year...
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RE: Good In The UK From NY

Mon Nov 13, 2006 1:53 am

Hi
Just a tip for you. There are Busses running from The Port Authority Bus Terminal on 42nd St and 8th Ave that will bring you directly up to Woodbury Commons Shopping Outlet. About an hour and 15 minute ride.
Woodbury Commons is a huge outlet shopping mall that tourists love. For the most part the prices are alot cheaper than the stores in Manhattan since they are outlet stores. Tourists love the place and come by the bus load and bring their suitcases. All the major stores are there, Gap, Banana Republic, Levi's, Reebok, Nike, Addidas, Aeropostale, as well as big name designer outlets such as Chanel, Cristian Dior, Calvin Klien, Armani, Dolce and Cabana.
When you get off the bus go into the information center and show them your bus ticket and they will give you a free discount book that has coupons for all the stores. I know the coupon for the GAP and Banana Republic is good for 15% off your purchase.
Just wear comfortable clothes and shoes because the place is really huge and you will be walking around alot.
 
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RE: Good In The UK From NY

Mon Nov 13, 2006 1:57 am

Rip up and throw away receipts in New York... easiest way to avoid any hassle!!!
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RE: Good In The UK From NY

Mon Nov 13, 2006 2:09 am

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 5):
Where in NYC are you staying ? The Plaza, or The Pierre ?  

We're at the Benjamin on 125 E 50th Street... Actually..

I think a visit to the mall is probably worth it, Kazzie..

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RE: Good In The UK From NY

Mon Nov 13, 2006 2:54 am

Quoting Go3Team (Reply 7):
I hear Elizabeth is nice this time of year...

Very true. Though when is Elizabeth not a fantastic place to be?

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RE: Good In The UK From NY

Mon Nov 13, 2006 3:19 am

Quoting Mir (Reply 11):
Very true. Though when is Elizabeth not a fantastic place to be?

During zombie season, definitely then. Nothing worse than getting your brains eaten.


Let me just say, I hate you guys with your strong Pound. Though I don't mind you spending your money and contributing tax dollars to the New York State Treasury. As an employee of a New York State agency I say thank you.
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RE: Good In The UK From NY

Mon Nov 13, 2006 3:31 am

Quoting ThePRGuy (Reply 1):
RE: XBOX i believe they are NTSC in the US as apposed to PAL here in the UK, so you may have to get it chipped.

Negative. The Xbox360 is a universal platform technology. You'll need the A/C converter is all. A small investment to enjoy the superb gaming!

I can get you a hell of a deal shipping items back to the UK!  yes   airplane 
 
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RE: Good In The UK From NY

Mon Nov 13, 2006 3:34 am

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 5):
Do UK Customs still care about how much stuff you bring back (apart from herbal valiums, obviously. Or bombs) ? What's the limit ? I

Technically it's GBP147 only, but in the case of clothes, always better to get them out and wear them once or at least wringle them so that they look used. I'm sure HM Revenue and Customs is well aware that 90% of travellers to NY are over the limit. Ultimately depends how guilty you look walking through the green channel rather than the red one!

Won't the X box be the wrong voltage too?
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RE: Good In The UK From NY

Mon Nov 13, 2006 3:37 am

Quoting BHXFAOTIPYYC (Reply 14):
Won't the X box be the wrong voltage too?

An outlet converter will correct this. No chip upgrade is needed.
 
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RE: Good In The UK From NY

Mon Nov 13, 2006 3:46 am

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 12):
During zombie season, definitely then.

Ah, year-round then, I suppose.

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RE: Good In The UK From NY

Mon Nov 13, 2006 3:51 am

Quoting BHXFAOTIPYYC (Reply 14):
Won't the X box be the wrong voltage too?



Quoting FXramper (Reply 15):
An outlet converter will correct this.

Most of the toys I have are universal. The voltage tolerances range from 110-240 usually. All that would probably be needed is the UK plug adaptor which can be found easily. I have about 10 of them floating around here somewhere.
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RE: Good In The UK From NY

Mon Nov 13, 2006 4:08 am

Quoting Kazzie (Thread starter):
On my list is an Xbox 360

Well there goes your baggage allowance... Do you have any idea how heavy these things are? God knows why Microsoft decided they should weigh a ton.

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 5):
Do UK Customs still care about how much stuff you bring back (apart from herbal valiums, obviously. Or bombs) ?

At times, yes. A couple of years ago I got a fair bit of grief at MAN off a Custom's official. He randomly stopped me, asked me where I had been and why I had so much baggage for just a few days. After me doing my best at playing innocent to the allowances he just let me go. I was only just marginally over the limit on alcohol, but everything else I was well and truly over (apart from cigs, didn't have any).

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RE: Good In The UK From NY

Mon Nov 13, 2006 4:46 am

Quoting Speedbird747BA (Reply 4):
Can make a couple of suggestions? Id suggest Century 21, right across from the world trade center site.

I'll second Century 21 for bargain basement shopping. However the place has been absolutely packed every time I've been there. The only pleasant part of the experience is seeing how much you get for so little.

Sounds like you have found the right part of town to stay. I really enjoy staying in Midtown and you are just two blocks away from my favourite hotel in the area  

If you want somewhere nice to eat consider taking a taxi from the Financial District over to The River Cafe in Brooklyn. It is on a barge right under the Brooklyn Bridge with amazing views over Lower Manhattan and the East River. I went there for the first time last weekend and the food, service, location etc were superb. You'll need to book in advance though. A week ahead we didn't manage to get an evening reservation but did manage to get a table for lunch which is quite a casual affair.

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I love New York City, one of my favourite places on Earth!

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RE: Good In The UK From NY

Mon Nov 13, 2006 5:37 am

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 19):
I'll second Century 21 for bargain basement shopping. However the place has been absolutely packed every time I've been there. The only pleasant part of the experience is seeing how much you get for so little.

Its very cheap, but they sell name brands, such as Hugo Boss, Versache, etc....


Cheers,
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RE: Good In The UK From NY

Mon Nov 13, 2006 6:00 am

Quoting Speedbird747BA (Reply 20):
Its very cheap, but they sell name brands, such as Hugo Boss, Versache, etc....

When I said bargain basement I was referring to the price of the goods...I was so close to buying a Brioni suit for $650. That doesn't happen very often.
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RE: Good In The UK From NY

Mon Nov 13, 2006 10:09 am

To all of you from the UK coming to NY,

Have fun, stock-up well, and if I am around, I would love to meet up with you guys.

Bon voyage.

Cheers,
Jeremy Carlisle

PS, post a trip report.  Smile
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RE: Good In The UK From NY

Wed Nov 15, 2006 3:02 am

Quoting Go3Team (Reply 7):
I hear Elizabeth is nice this time of year...

The only part of Elizabeth that's any good is the IKEA parking deck!

Quoting Charger (Reply 8):
There are Busses running from The Port Authority Bus Terminal on 42nd St and 8th Ave that will bring you directly up to Woodbury Commons Shopping Outlet. About an hour and 15 minute ride.
Woodbury Commons is a huge outlet shopping mall that tourists love

Why go all the way to Woodbury Commons, when Secaucus is so much closer?

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 12):
Though I don't mind you spending your money and contributing tax dollars to the New York State Treasury

Except that they can claim it back when they are leaving the country!

Quoting Daleaholic (Reply 9):
Rip up and throw away receipts in New York..
. easiest way to avoid any hassle!!!

No keep your receipts and after you go through security look for the tax reimbursement place and get all the rip off NY taxes refunded.

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RE: Good In The UK From NY

Wed Nov 15, 2006 3:38 am

Quoting BigOrange (Reply 23):
Why go all the way to Woodbury Commons, when Secaucus is so much closer?

I've been to secaucus before and it SUCKED! I stayed at the Embassy Suites right near the Convention Center. We went to the outlet mall and all we found were stores selling the crappiest replica goods. Outlet malls are great if you dont mind wearing end of line clothing.

Quoting Kazzie (Thread starter):
On my list is an Xbox 360 (on request from my mum for my bro) My question is.. will it work in the UK? also how much can i get out there without being slammed at customs in the UK?

X Box 360 is not limited by PAL or NTSC. Universal Gaming. What you really wanna do however is get a PS3 which are released this friday...  Wink

As for the customs, if they cant proove you bought it in the US, they cant do you for it...

Me and Chris will show you the best places in NYC for shopping. I've been over a dozen times, this should be a GREAT trip!!!
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RE: Good In The UK From NY

Wed Nov 15, 2006 4:11 am

Quoting Kaddyuk (Reply 24):
I've been to secaucus before and it SUCKED!

What else were you expecting from somewhere in New Jersey?  mischievous   duck 

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RE: Good In The UK From NY

Wed Nov 15, 2006 4:25 am

Quoting Kaddyuk (Reply 24):
Me and Chris will show you the best places in NYC for shopping. I've been over a dozen times, this should be a GREAT trip!!!

You best do bucko!  Wink

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RE: Good In The UK From NY

Wed Nov 15, 2006 4:29 am

Yes!

I have talked mum out of having to get an Xbox  Silly

Quoting Kaddyuk (Reply 24):
this should be a GREAT trip!!!

Cant' Wait  Silly
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RE: Good In The UK From NY

Wed Nov 15, 2006 6:09 am

Quoting Kaddyuk (Reply 24):

As for the customs, if they cant proove you bought it in the US, they cant do you for it...

If they wanted to catch you, they'll find a way. One easy way is the serial numbers - they'll be different to the UK version, then there's barcodes. Doesn't matter if you claim you never bought it over there, they can still find out if import tax has been paid or not.
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RE: Good In The UK From NY

Wed Nov 15, 2006 6:17 am

Quoting Airplanepics (Reply 28):
If they wanted to catch you, they'll find a way

They dont look for small item dodgers, people on single trips and just one or two goods without Import Tax paid. They want serial importers who frequently flaunt the rules.

Even if Kazzie got pulled up about it, she'd be offered the chance to pay the tax which cant be much anyways...
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RE: Good In The UK From NY

Wed Nov 15, 2006 6:20 am

Quoting Kaddyuk (Reply 29):
Even if Kazzie got pulled up about it, she'd be offered the chance to pay the tax which cant be much anyways...

17.5% plus an import fee I do believe.....
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RE: Good In The UK From NY

Wed Nov 15, 2006 6:38 am

Quoting BigOrange (Reply 23):
Why go all the way to Woodbury Commons, when Secaucus is so much closer?

Because it's alot larger and has many more stores.
 
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RE: Good In The UK From NY

Wed Nov 15, 2006 7:12 am

Quoting Airplanepics (Reply 30):
17.5% plus an import fee I do believe.....

Isnt that the VAT you have to pay?
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