[access-uk] Re: Not quite so George!

I shouldn't perhaps say this on list, but I usually take
everything out of the packaging and remove any clothing
tags. (as much to save space as anything else).

-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of David W Wood
Sent: 17 March 2007 16:46
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Not quite so George!

Amazing savings George!

Didn't you get clobbered at customs?

David



-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
George Bell
Sent: 17 March 2007 16:30
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Not quite so George!

Blast it!  Those infernal equal signs again.  For =3D3D A 3
read
a Pound sign.

George.

-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of George Bell
Sent: 17 March 2007 16:24
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Not quite so George!

Hi David,

I'm not entirely sure what personal goods value you are
allowed these days.

As regards recouping the cost of travel, etc., much depends
on what you are looking for, and where you shop.  Computer
accessories from places like CompUSA are usually good value.


For example when I was in the Boston area last year, I got 2
Gigabytes of memory for my Toshiba Laptop and saved almost
=3D3DA3200 on the Misco price.

A 300 Gigabyte USB external hard drive cost me a fraction
over =3D3DA350 - at least half what they cost here at the
time.

I save another =3D3DA370 on an iPod thing my wife wanted
compared
to the Argos catalogue price.

And while I was at it, I had an eye examination, and bought
two seriously good pairs of glasses for half of what I would
have paid at SpecSavers.

Clothes, books and CDs were also on my shopping list, and
again prices are at least 25% less that over here.

Hotels and eating out in that part of the States is also way
less than over here.  In fact my hotel room was half the
price of a comparable room in the UK, and came with an
unlimited broadband connection in the price.

Although I was on a business trip, doing the arithmetic, I
did actually save the cost of my air fair and accommodation,
which allowed me the luxury of hiring a car for the week.

George.

-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of David W Wood
Sent: 17 March 2007 06:42
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Not quite so George!

George< all very true.
However, what is the value of personal goods which customs
permit you to
bring in nowadays - I bet the savings don't outweigh the
costs of travel and
accommodation?

David





-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
George Bell
Sent: 17 March 2007 01:59
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Not quite so George!

Hi Christine,

I've been 20 years importing equipment from all over the
world and have what I'd believe is a fairly good grasp of
the UK VAT laws.

I'd never claim to be an expert, but preparation and
paperwork is vital.

Get the paperwork right beforehand, and it saves a bomb.

I absolutely insist that any shipping documentation includes
the phrase "ARTICLES FOR THE BLIND".

So it does not matter if it comes from a private individual,
or a huge company.  The facts are stated, and AFB gives the
import guys the message.

But remember, you can only claim Zero Rate of VAT if it is
adaptive equipment, such as a Braille display for example.

And yes, you are quite right that it's often cheaper to buy
in the USA and cover your air fare.  (In fact I plan to go
to Boston with my wife this year Christmas shopping for the
very same reason)

So I agree, go there yourself.  But then if you were in my
position, how much are you paying yourself for 2 or 3 days
out of the office?

George.

-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Christine
Weetman
Sent: 16 March 2007 23:41
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Not quite so George!

Hi george, this sounds good in theory, but its a bit dicy,
with the right
form you may be VAT exempt, but they have the right to open
up the package
and charge you an opening/packing fee, also a holding fee.
Guess they'll get
it out of us Some how.  George, maybe its easy cut and dry
for a business
like yours?

We worked out that if hubby and son went to the states for a
holiday and
brought back everything I needed, they would save the
airfair so get a free
trip! lol

Christine W.  ----- Original Message -----=3D3D3D20
From: "George Bell" <george@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, March 16, 2007 10:02 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Assistive tech and VAT


Hi Dean,

If you import adaptive technology from the U.S. you can
claim zero rate of VAT on import.

It takes a little planning, but VAT exemption forms are
available.

Contact me privately if you need help -
george@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

George.

-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Dean Wilcox
Sent: 16 March 2007 21:45
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Assistive tech and VAT

Hi,
I live in the UK and find most assistive tech listed on Ebay
is from=3D3D3D3D20
the US.  Is it treated as standard electrical goods and is
there a=3D3D3D3D20
max price I can pay?  I'm just looking at a few *cheap*
Braille=3D3D3D3D20
displays but am unsure whether its worth it.  I saw a
Braille Lite=3D3D3D3D20
that went for a decent price the other month but daren't
bid! =3D3D3D3D20


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