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Old 11-16-2011, 03:25 PM   #1
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Firs of all will computer parts such as hard drives work in the UK if they were bought in the USA ?

and secondly if you actually visit the states and bring them back in luggage you dont pay VAT or import charges ?

I know some friends who have gone to visit their american home to do some work to it and i was thinking about getting them to get me some hard drives due to the price increase for them in the UK. i worked out that a Western Digital TB drive would cost me around 62
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in terms of computing, the only thing that's different in the states is the voltage from the wall. You shouldn't really buy a PSU from the states, but you can buy nigh on everything else.
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Old 11-16-2011, 03:35 PM   #3
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great and what about import tax and things if brought over in person. Am i correct is saying that if its brought over in luggage then it wont have import tax and things unless it was sent to the UK by couriers ?
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I think he can just bring it back with his luggage without any issues. I know people from Europe do it all of the time because stuff is so much cheaper here.
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If i was yuo and you had someone over in the US bringing stuff back to the UK i think i'd post it back to the UK clearly stating it is a GIFT. vAT shouldn't be charged on gifts
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Well they are only visiting so they can bring it back with them next week. Great that's what i will do then, just hope they do not need returning !
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I'm pretty sure you don't have to declare electronics at either end's airports. Just don't try and get any Steak over here :P
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