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You americans are soooo lucky

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


  1. mojtahedi

    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.


    MAYYYYNNNNNNN
     
  2. chroma601

    chroma601

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

    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

    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.

    :D
     
  8. double-muff

    double-muff

    May 5, 2007
    Iceland.

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

    :crying:
    still bought it

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

    bluevoodoo

    Dec 15, 2007
    minneapolis
    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

    lefty007

    Jan 19, 2004
    Miami, FL
    +1.

    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

    JonathanD

    Dec 13, 2006
    Atlanta, GA

    :eyebrow:
     
  15. Sean Baumann

    Sean Baumann Supporting Member

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

    MAGUS®

    Dec 23, 2004
    UK
    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

    chroma601

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

    /ducking
     
  19. mccartjm

    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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