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Old 09-16-2009, 06:02 PM #1
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Default Buying a laser from optotronics to deliver to UK - what about customs?

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Hi all,
I'm thinking of going for the 40mw green laser from optotronics (Optotronics Product Details) and it comes to about $105 with shipping ($27 shipping, would save almost $20 by being in US, but oh well) which is about 60. Seems reasonable but:

-Are there any hidden costs? VAT? Import? Customs? etc
-If it gets inspected by customs, will I get a charge? Will it be taken?
-If it gets taken by customs will they send another one free of charge?

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Default Re: Buying a laser from optotronics to deliver to UK - what about customs?

You are liable for 15% tax on the marked value of a package, unless this marked value does not exceed 18 (or 36 when sent as a gift). Obviously there is a risk that it will get seized by customs, though I've received low-powered greenies through customs before. If it is seized, then a company may or may not re-send to you, I haven't dealt with Optotronics so I don't know what their policy is. You should raise this issue with their support team, before buying, or consider a cheaper pointer such as those on DealExtreme first (that you wouldn't care too much about losing).
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As far as I'm aware there are no laws regarding the importation and ownership of laser pointers in the UK, the laser laws in the UK regard the sale of lasers INSIDE the UK as well as the use of them. Of course, shining a laser at a vehicle(plane etc)/animal/person would be illegal and would be grounds for a fine or prison sentence.
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