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Okay now I've just about had it. Anybody want to revolt? So now I am learning we can buy goods from England with NO terriff (probably misspelled that) but my customers over there are paying like about $150 duty fees. It sucks. It sucks. It will always suck. Now listen, this is just a small example. I ain't nobody and neither are any of us here but just think of the big picture. There are big corporations getting crapped out of over seas business. Those corp's employee Americans. I am going to stop now because I am unsettled on this subject. I am, as my preacher Grandfather would say, provoked. That is the most fearful word I ever heard him use and that is about the way I feel about this matter.

RL
 

loki88

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indeed, sometimes i get lucky , but most of the time i have to pay up to almost 50% added import taxes and V.A.T. on the price of the knife, and still pay for shipping. This way the knife sometimes almost doubles in price from the prices u guys ask for the knife itself. :grumpy:
 

Mark Williams

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Send the knife with a 1" square piece of sandpaper. The client has now recieved a knife kit which he must finish on his own. Do kits cost as much?
 
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loki88,

You got it and I appreciate your input. I feel for my customers regardless of proper desiniation. I view part of my duty is to cut as much of the middle out as possible. It helps my bottom line and it helps my owners botton line. We are flooded and you are getting raped by your governments.

That is all, for now.

RL
 
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"Sometimes I feel like its just you and me against the world".

The EU is trying to hurt imports from any non-EU country. It is a very discrimatory policy, aimed primarily at the US and in a round about way, Canada as well.

Cheap labor is not the only reason a lot of US corporations are moving some of their operations off shore. It is also to circumvent many of the trade tarriffs imposed by the EU.

But what do I know...

Craig
 
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Ray,

Great question. Any out is a good out. We're going to have to fight back as fairly as we can on our own because Hell will freeze over before beaurocracy will follow.
 
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There is no tarriff if it is a gift but you have to convince the customs folks of that.

Craig
 
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Gift wrapping paper? I'd sure think twice if I lived over there when buying anything. A $400. knife is now $800.. How would they know what was paid for it? That really does suck........
 
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The tariffs in England are the price they pay to live in a socialist "workers paradise":barf: ;) . The government takes care of everyone from birth, to death, whether they want it, or not, especially those who do not wish to work, criminals, and the rest that choose to live off everyone else. Those that work pay for all this by having to pay 50%+ in taxes on their income, plus they are taxed on every conceivable thing, and the government is always on the lookout for more things to tax(air next?).

Gasoline is very expensive over in England, just to name one thing. Last I heard, about $5.00+ a gallon. Everything over .50-.75 a gallon is government tax.

Hell, we narrowly averted starting down that same slippery slope by not electing sKerry and his scurvy crew.
They(the socialists) will try it again in 4 years.:rolleyes: :eek: ;)
 
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Mike,

Good for you. Canada is taxed, if you add it all up, at about 60% average. Their tax paid health care drives those that can afford to across their border to us. ...and it goes on.

I want to make one point now just to clarify my thinking: I am not in favor of fighting back by raising tarriffs. I believe in free trade. The fact that I do is the very reason for my complaint. It is not tariffs I ask for but the downfall of them.
(when I say downfall I really more properly mean a more even playing field. There will be tariffs, always)

RL
 

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Roger,

Is there anywhere that doesn't have as of high the tariffs on something coming from the States does? Meaning, would there be a possibility of sending it somewhere else and having it remailed to someone in the EU?? You know, like a mail drop remailer service in a third-party country, sorta like a Mail Boxes, Etc??? Just a thought trying to figure out how to circumvent the bureaucrats.

BTW, I think if we ever started really adding up all the taxes we pay on everything, the number would be sort of staggering, too. Sales taxes, gas tax, utility taxes,property taxes, sin taxes, etc., they add up to a pretty large amount when added to income taxes, both state and federal. Not as high as elsewhere, but still much higher than we usually stop to realize.
 
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Funnily enough I was talking to my dad last night and he mentioned my mum bought some stuff from Hong Kong (Perfume) and got taxed 25%. He also said that even though the UK is in the EEC and therefore exempt from tax on anything bought within the zone, citizens with more than 10,000 cigarettes for example face having their purchases siezed and their car crushed if they can not prove without reasonable doubt that the purchases are for their use only. :barf:

I said it was best to ask the inspector where he lived and I would come and visit and upset his life a bit.

I dont know if anyone read it but some American actor or sportsman won a court case against the Inland Revenue because they had been taxed on a sponsorship deal from a foreign company and their company is registered in the US, yet IRS saw fit to tax one poor guy $90,000. Anyway he won and has now opened the flood gates for more (finally) legal battles.

I feel for you Roger, I also have clients in the UK and the best way to circumvent these 'brown star' customs is to send it in a battered old bubble pack envelope. with a hand scrawled address and gift ticked (Gifts are not tax exempt either) I wrap mine in Birthday paper and put a jolly message like its come from an old friend. Its lame, but its what you have to do.
 
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Roger
put a $50.00 value on it and send the invoice separately.
call it a reproduction cutting implement. :)

most guys think these cost $30.00 bucks anyway right :rolleyes: :D
 
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