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Old 07 November 2014, 03:40   #11
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You'll probably be able to save 50 if you import from the U.S.
Unless Customs get to it and charge you 20% VAT (and an 8 fee to Royal Mail for collecting the duty) - this'll probably negate the saving.

I found this out the hard way...
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Old 07 November 2014, 06:58   #12
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Even if you get someone to buy it as a gift they'll still have you:
HM Revenue & Customs: Tax on goods ordered from or bought abroad
"If you're receiving a gift from outside the EU, then you have to pay:
  • Excise Duty on any alcohol or tobacco products
  • Customs Duty and import VAT is payable if the value of the gift exceeds 36
To qualify as a gift:
  • it must have been sent from a private person outside the EU to a private person(s) in the UK
  • the Customs Declaration must be completed correctly – see guidance on the customs procedures for goods posted to the UK link below
  • it must be for the personal use of either you or your family
  • there must be no commercial transaction or trade element involved and it must not have been paid for by the recipient either directly or indirectly
  • it must be of an occasional nature only - for example for a birthday or anniversary"
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Old 07 November 2014, 08:37   #13
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ye have to put it in the water to make it work!!
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Old 07 November 2014, 11:13   #14
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cheers lads I had looked at the lowrance model stray but it says for freshwater use only ???

I had the Elite 4 DSI and now have the Elite 5 HDI, you can change the settings to fresh or saltwater.

When I bought the Elite 5 from the U.S last year, I saved about 100 on the UK price even after paying import tax of around 80. And it took only 5 days to arrive.
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thanks for all the advice. garmin 451s ordered today shes said its a combined birthday/Christmas prezzie and cant have it until Christmas. what will be the best battery I was thinking motorbike gell ??
stray you will have to show me some good marks off our coast next year
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A 7ah sealed lead acid battery should do, I got mine from Maplins.
If you fancy trip out pm me next spring when the weather starts to warm up.
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A 7ah sealed lead acid battery should do, I got mine from Maplins.
If you fancy trip out pm me next spring when the weather starts to warm up.
cheers feller and I will be in touch in the spring
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