Importcds uk buyers beware !

Discussion in 'Coupons, Discounts & Sales' started by swintonlion, Jul 6, 2018.

  1. swintonlion

    swintonlion Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Manchester UK
    Not used importcds for awhile so thought i would treat myself to a mofi cd ,24 dollars plus the 7 dollars postage,school boy error did not check the final bill. When the confirmation email came total bill came to 38 dollars,added was VAT/GST 20 percent tax. Thought this is getting a bit expensive so 10 mins after the order tried to cancel, they replied, too late, now 7 dollars is not a lot of money but nowhere on their website do they say they pre pay the vat,maybe this is a good thing but PLEASE importcds inform you customers and from a former customer beware and check you final bill.
     
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  2. Graham

    Graham Forum Resident

    Location:
    London, UK
    Same with WowHD and DeepDiscount. Anything above £15 will have 20% added now. Started this week. Almost certainly enforced due to them posting items for last leg of journey from within the UK.

    Shame you couldn’t cancel so soon after ordering, but it was your mistake for confirming the order. Easily done, I know.
     
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  3. swintonlion

    swintonlion Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Manchester UK
    Yes my fault but 10 mins was as quick as could do a cancel reply. You mention wowhd do they add this fee on in the uk.
     
  4. Graham

    Graham Forum Resident

    Location:
    London, UK
    All started earlier this week. Clearly, UK customs is clamping down on companies posting items from within the UK but not paying 20% VAT.
     
  5. Dubmart

    Dubmart Forum Resident

    Location:
    Bristol, UK
    On a positive Royal Mail don't get to add their £8 collection fee on top.
     
  6. Martgrol

    Martgrol Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Potsdam, Germany
    Apparently, for Germany it's the same. 19 percent on the whole sum including shipping just as I wanted to place an order an hour ago.

    Importcds was my go-to-adress for quite some time, and I don't think I can find a good alternative for these good prices (shipping and goods) that don't raise these taxes.
     
  7. swintonlion

    swintonlion Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Manchester UK
    Just tried a dummy run on wowhd uk and yes they do also add on 20 percent vat ,mad.
     
  8. Australia has 10% GST tacked on now all purchases now - the Government decided to increase their GST cut by going after imports with a value of less than AUS$1000, whereas before July 1 2018, they didn't. Maybe the law has changed in the UK too. In effect, Import CDs, Ebay etc have become Australian (and probably UK) tax collectors.
    Amazon US took a different approach - open Amazon Australia and stop Australian shoppers from being able to use Amazon US. Amazon Australia collects the GST.
     
  9. Dubmart

    Dubmart Forum Resident

    Location:
    Bristol, UK
    Amazon US has been collecting import duty from UK buyers for quite a long time, I think originally it was optional, but now they seem to add it onto everything, even below £15 although I've successfully got that refunded.
     
  10. E.Baba

    E.Baba Forum Resident

    ImportCDs stole $100.

    I stopped buying from them.
     
  11. harmonica98

    harmonica98 Forum Resident

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    London, UK
    I thought it was too good to last.
     
  12. cdgenarian

    cdgenarian Well-Known Member

    Location:
    North Carolina
    Will the VAT remain in the UK after Brexit?
     
  13. lwh1

    lwh1 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Kent, England
    Almost certain it will. I cannot see the Government getting rid of anything that brings them in money.
     
  14. Dubmart

    Dubmart Forum Resident

    Location:
    Bristol, UK
    Technically it shouldn't, but I can't see a government letting go of any of our money, they just love those taxes.
     
  15. gabacabriel

    gabacabriel Forum Resident

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    Bristol, UK
    Oh, well :(

    Fun while it lasted....guess I'll have to wait until the next ImportCDs sale then, before I buy from them again....
     
  16. Martgrol

    Martgrol Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Potsdam, Germany
    Same goes for me, unfortunately (except for some things that will likely go out of print very fast) :(
     
  17. lwh1

    lwh1 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Kent, England
    The same for me as well.
     
  18. Uglyversal

    Uglyversal Forum Resident

    Location:
    Sydney
    If it wasn't that high already they probably want to increase it. If you think they are going to get rid of something that brings them money then you need more coffee.
     
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  19. cdgenarian

    cdgenarian Well-Known Member

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    North Carolina
    Yeah. I was just thinking about it being a EU thing. But even Brexit seems it has gone a bit wobbly in the most recent news. :confused:
     
  20. Uglyversal

    Uglyversal Forum Resident

    Location:
    Sydney
    The Brexit seems very wobbly at the moment, it sounded like that for the last two years and the countdown is still on but no matter what happens, I think there is no chance they'll ever get rid of that tax.
     
  21. swintonlion

    swintonlion Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Manchester UK
    As far as i can see importcds and wowhd are the same company sharing the same address,so for uk buyers wanting a mofi cd price wise importcds is the cheaper taking in postage, tax i would say its about 7 pounds cheaper and no royal mail bandit tax.
     
  22. sacdfan

    sacdfan Member

    Location:
    United Kingdom
    Just been trying to put together an order myself. The v.a.t. is payable on all items ordered plus postage and makes a massive difference to the price, especially when you take into account the current exchange rate! I feel that it is really poor that importcds have not pointed out to their customers that they are now collecting this tax.
     
  23. swintonlion

    swintonlion Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Manchester UK
    Yes you are right, no word on the website about this, i sent a email to complain they just blamed the british government, but wowhd are even dearer why i do not know as they are the same company.This is the straw that broke the camels back for me on pricing.
     
  24. Graham

    Graham Forum Resident

    Location:
    London, UK
    Only applies if the item costs more than £15 though.
     
  25. sacdfan

    sacdfan Member

    Location:
    United Kingdom
    After adding $7 delivery charges to the figure it is hardly worth ordering a £15 cd from importcds.
    I have also just received a message from them confirming that vat is charged at the point of order even when you are pre-ordering something. I think you would find it very difficult to get these taxes back if you are trying to cancel an order.
     

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