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You americans are soooo lucky

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mojtahedi, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. mojtahedi


    Mar 1, 2008
    it sucks so much how basses are so expencive in the u.k.

    i wish i lived in the usa.

    a bass which would cost you $500 in american costs roughly £380 in the UK thats like $760.

  2. chroma601


    Feb 16, 2007
    Sylva, NC
    Just let that dollar fall a little more...
  3. joelb79


    Mar 22, 2006
    Lansing, Michigan
    How much are the import taxes?
  4. The UK, AFAIK, is heavily taxed on everything. You're practically taxed on being alive. :p
  5. How about coming to NYC or L.A. for a holiday.. buy what you like and take it back as 'checked baggage'? If you do the right way it will appear as if you'd always owned it. Just an idea..
  6. mccartjm


    Oct 10, 2006
    what are the economic reasons that cause basses to cost so much in the UK? Forgive my ignorance...im just curious and unfamiliar with things in the UK. Is it mostly just import taxes?
  7. Oh ya?

    Get this...I was checking prices at Stew Mac, the price was $45.98, then I switched it to CAD and it was $45.53.

    It's a big thing for us Canucks, It's been forever since we could say this.

  8. double-muff


    May 5, 2007

    you think thats bad? over here a $300 ATK300 costs upwards to $1200

    still bought it

    and a $299 Epi Thunderbird costs $1000 over here.
  9. bluevoodoo


    Dec 15, 2007
    You might want to check with customs before doing this. Traveling with an instrument is not always easy. Especially over seas
  10. You'd change your tune pretty quickly if you did move from the UK to the US. I did, and I have. :(
  11. thats not as bad! up here in INDIA damn it....... forget about debating the insane pricing you dont really get a lot of bass gear around:bawl:
  12. Greyvagabond

    Greyvagabond Supporting Member

    Aug 17, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Ha! I knew our rampant government debt would combine with rampant UK socialism to give us an advantage in bass guitar purchasing power!...wooo...our economy is settling into years and years of stagflation...
  13. lefty007


    Jan 19, 2004
    Miami, FL

    I have a friend mine that just flew from London to NYC to buy a notebook and brind it back with him. He tells me that even counting the plane ticket, he's saving a lot of money rather than buying locally.
  14. JonathanD


    Dec 13, 2006
    Atlanta, GA

  15. Sean Baumann

    Sean Baumann Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2000
    Livin' in the USA
    It is called VAT.
  16. MAGUS®


    Dec 23, 2004
    Just apart from the extra shipping costs alone, 3.5% import duty on the goods, ( approx ) and theres 17.5% UK VAT . Our postal system also charge a handling fee

    A $500 bass there can end up as £500 here ( say $1000 give or take )

    Bear in my mind that the Govt. here, it doesnt matter which party, are all about taxing the life out of the citizens. Thats their job.

    Our fuel is now at £1.11 ( more in some areas ) per LITRE. Yes per litre. In old money, thats like £4.50 a gallon. Nearly $9

    Getting the picture yet ? :D

    Oxygen will be next

    EDIT: I should say that the 17.5% VAT ( value added tax ) is on the shipping and price of the bass combined. OUR Govt. say the value of a bass is not what it cost in the shop. Its what it costs in the shop PLUS the shipping cost. Hows about that for a rip off ??
  17. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    VAT is not a valid reason. Local taxes exist in USA too, they just don't show in the display price.
    At us$ 1.5 = 1 €, I feel much luckier living in Europe and buying from US shops, thank you.
  18. chroma601


    Feb 16, 2007
    Sylva, NC
    But it's easy to get tabla-ture!

  19. mccartjm


    Oct 10, 2006
    what is VAT?
  20. That's what happens when you British decide not to start a revolution. :p

    Nowhere near the ridiculousness of 17.5%. It's MAYBE 5-8%. Even here in Canadian Taxland, it's only 11%.

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