Importing from the UK

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fuzzychaos, Dec 26, 2013.


  1. fuzzychaos

    fuzzychaos

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    I am thinking about buying a bass from AC Guitars (ACG, one of the Graft series) and I wanted to know, those of you that have purchased a bass from the UK, what the duty fees were like and how difficult was it to get it shipped and through customs in regards to time. Also, is there anything I should look out for in regards to customs snafu's?

    Thanks in advance for any help.
     
  2. fuzzychaos

    fuzzychaos

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    how about anybody with any experience importing a bass?
     
  3. schwartzbass

    schwartzbass

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    I have bought several basses on ebay from the uk and only one time i paid $100 duty fee after delivery. If you are buying from a dealer , make sure they deduct the vat tax.
     
  4. fuzzychaos

    fuzzychaos

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    Thanks for reminding me about VAT. I'll check with the builder.
     
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  6. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

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    Depends on what the shop claims the value is. I bought a 5k bass, but the dealer claimed value at 1k, so I paid about $87. Another TBer bought a similar bass from a different dealer who claimed the full price, and he paid probably four times what I did.
     
  7. Sid Fang

    Sid Fang Reformed Fusion Player Supporting Member

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    Ii bought my Status directly from the UK. Rob shipped it via FedEx, and Fedex computed and billed me, a week or two later, for the taxes and duties.
     

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