marky
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Buying In The US To Bring Back To The UK

Sun Mar 14, 2004 2:47 am

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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RE: Buying In The US To Bring Back To The UK

Sun Mar 14, 2004 3:11 am

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.
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RE: Buying In The US To Bring Back To The UK

Sun Mar 14, 2004 7:24 am

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!!!!!!!

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marky
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RE: Buying In The US To Bring Back To The UK

Mon Mar 15, 2004 8:13 am

Thanks for the replies guys.

Am pretty sure its what I'll do, just want to see if anyone can think of any pitfalls!!
 
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RE: Buying In The US To Bring Back To The UK

Mon Mar 15, 2004 9:17 am

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
 
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RE: Buying In The US To Bring Back To The UK

Mon Mar 15, 2004 9:53 pm

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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RE: Buying In The US To Bring Back To The UK

Tue Mar 16, 2004 1:28 am

If I recall correctly
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RE: Buying In The US To Bring Back To The UK

Tue Mar 16, 2004 2:03 am

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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RE: Buying In The US To Bring Back To The UK

Wed Mar 17, 2004 6:57 am

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.
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RE: Buying In The US To Bring Back To The UK

Thu Mar 18, 2004 3:46 am

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

Thanks for all the other replies

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