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19 years 1 month ago #12686 by briano
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Hello there!
I was going to order some digital setting circles from lumicon.com in the U.S. but I am just a little worried that I will have to pay duty tax when it gets here, has anyone else have to pay this?
I got a book from the U.S. before and I didn`t have to pay this.The cost of the digital setting circles is $350.

Also anyone know if they are good? Sky Vector 1 they are called.

Brian O Leary

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19 years 1 month ago #12687 by michaeloconnell
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Brian,
There are some reviews of digital setting circles here:
www.cloudynights.com/category.php?category_id=89&pr=1

As for taxes, you will get caught. Expect to pay roughly 25% of the product+shipping ocst and add about another 10euros. I reckon it'll be about 90euros roughly. And you'll need to pay COD (Cash On Delivery) to the delivery guy.

Clear skies,

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19 years 1 month ago #12690 by briano
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Thanks Micheal
Do you mean I will have to pay the tax charges to the delivery guy or the whole cost?

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19 years 1 month ago #12691 by michaeloconnell
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You pay the shop the normal price plus the cost of shipping. When the package arrives on your door, you pay the delivery guy the taxes.

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19 years 1 month ago #12696 by DaveGrennan
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briano,

I've found that you can get lucky sometimes. About half the time I order stuff from the US. It just arrives with no-one asking for taxes. The other half I've had to cough up. I tend to find the lower the items value the less likely you are to be nabbed. Saying that, once I had a 500dollar item come through without any charges. Another time I had to shell for a 200 dollar item. You just never know. I always consider that when it all works out you end up paying the dollar price in euros (roughly)

Regards and Clear Skies,

Dave.
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19 years 1 month ago #12697 by ayiomamitis
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Dave,

Rumour has it that someone received a $9,000 AP160 refractor from the US without paying a single euro in import duties and taxes! :wink:

Now, how it slipped through is beyond me! Of course, who am I to ask or complain.

Anthony.

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