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    I am looking at buying a laptop on ebay.com and having it delivered to the UK.

    Now, I have looked around for a simple explanation of the taxes that I might have to pay, but haven't found a lot of info.

    So, the laptop I am interested in is worth about £700, delivered to the UK through UPS Worldwide for £66.

    From what I have found out, laptops are free of import duty and I would only have to pay 15% of the value of the laptop as import VAT. Is this true?

    Also, I assume I would have to pay the import VAT to Royal Mail. Will they let me know when they receive the laptop? Can this be paid online?

    Any help is greatly appreciated.
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    you will have to pay import duty as well as vat.
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    (Original post by Wolfy^)
    I am looking at buying a laptop on ebay.com and having it delivered to the UK.

    Now, I have looked around for a simple explanation of the taxes that I might have to pay, but haven't found a lot of info.

    So, the laptop I am interested in is worth about £700, delivered to the UK through UPS Worldwide for £66.

    From what I have found out, laptops are free of import duty and I would only have to pay 15% of the value of the laptop as import VAT. Is this true?

    Also, I assume I would have to pay the import VAT to Royal Mail. Will they let me know when they receive the laptop? Can this be paid online?

    Any help is greatly appreciated.
    I am pretty sure you got to pay quite a bit of tax.................... but there are other issues, insurance for it to come over as it could break, be stolen,etc.

    Biggest issue is if something goes wrong and you have to send it back for repairs.
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    (Original post by Iqbal007)
    I am pretty sure you got to pay quite a bit of tax.................... but there are other issues, insurance for it to come over as it could break, be stolen,etc.

    Biggest issue is if something goes wrong and you have to send it back for repairs.
    Found a tax calculator online according to which the entire thing would cost me around £900. I know it might be a problem if something goes wrong, but the same thing with the same specifications in the UK would cost me over £1300.

    Only other option is ordering it from Germany, but that comes with the German QWERTZ keyboard. It might come down to that keyboard vs going through the hassle of getting it from the US.
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    (Original post by Wolfy^)
    Found a tax calculator online according to which the entire thing would cost me around £900. I know it might be a problem if something goes wrong, but the same thing with the same specifications in the UK would cost me over £1300.

    Only other option is ordering it from Germany, but that comes with the German QWERTZ keyboard. It might come down to that keyboard vs going through the hassle of getting it from the US.
    Thought about going to novatech? or get a custom built one by pcspecialist.........both are online and both are known and reputable.
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    (Original post by Iqbal007)
    Thought about going to novatech? or get a custom built one by pcspecialist.........both are online and both are known and reputable.
    I've had a look at both sites and toyed around for a bit, but the laptops end up over £1000, and the most I can realistically spend is £900.

    To clarify, the laptop I have my eyes on is the Lenovo Y500, 1920x1080 HD version, i7-3630QM, 8GB RAM, either 1TB HDD @ 7200rpm or a 500GB SSD and a Dual GT 650M SLI.

    That beast of a laptop for £900 including transport and taxes is just too tempting.

    The standard full HD version on Amazon UK is around £1100, and that is without the second GT650M in it, so add an extra £170 to that. And it has a 5400rpm HDD.

    It makes me want to cry when comparing prices from the US with the ones in the UK. On the lenovo.com online store, you can get the GT 750M SLI configuration for 1150$.
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    (Original post by Wolfy^)
    I've had a look at both sites and toyed around for a bit, but the laptops end up over £1000, and the most I can realistically spend is £900.

    To clarify, the laptop I have my eyes on is the Lenovo Y500, 1920x1080 HD version, i7-3630QM, 8GB RAM, either 1TB HDD @ 7200rpm or a 500GB SSD and a Dual GT 650M SLI.

    That beast of a laptop for £900 including transport and taxes is just too tempting.

    The standard full HD version on Amazon UK is around £1100, and that is without the second GT650M in it, so add an extra £170 to that. And it has a 5400rpm HDD.

    It makes me want to cry when comparing prices from the US with the ones in the UK. On the lenovo.com online store, you can get the GT 750M SLI configuration for 1150$.
    Just something to point out to you.....dual sli or crossfire only a few % better, the performance doesn't actually double at all, a lot less than that.

    Spending the money on getting a laptop with a gtx670m or gtx680m is far better in terms of gaming performance then having 2 lower end gpus.
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    (Original post by Iqbal007)
    Just something to point out to you.....dual sli or crossfire only a few % better, the performance doesn't actually double at all, a lot less than that.

    Spending the money on getting a laptop with a gtx670m or gtx680m is far better in terms of gaming performance then having 2 lower end gpus.
    I know that double the gpu is not double the power, but a GT650M SLI outperforms a GTX670M by around 10%. And anything with a similar configuration to the Y500 and a GTX680M is outside my price range. I've researched buying a laptop quite a bit, and this is the best configuration I could find for this price.
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    (Original post by Wolfy^)
    I know that double the gpu is not double the power, but a GT650M SLI outperforms a GTX670M by around 10%. And anything with a similar configuration to the Y500 and a GTX680M is outside my price range. I've researched buying a laptop quite a bit, and this is the best configuration I could find for this price.
    Well if your sure, just remember the risk of any problems arise..........also remember to change the language settings, as it'll mess up your spelling of certain words.
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    (Original post by Iqbal007)
    Well if your sure, just remember the risk of any problems arise..........also remember to change the language settings, as it'll mess up your spelling of certain words.
    I'll do some more research after I finish with exams and then decide if I'm sticking with this and where I'm buying it from.

    Thanks for the help.
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    There's loads of tax on importing from abroad. I've done it before - never again.

    Import tax can go up to £150 (if memory serves correct)

    Try laptops direct - sent from Britain and good quality laptops
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    (Original post by Wolfy^)
    I'll do some more research after I finish with exams and then decide if I'm sticking with this and where I'm buying it from.

    Thanks for the help.
    Good luck
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    I am in EXAAAACT same situation! I am looking forward to get this.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Lenovo...item4d18775d02

    How did it go for you? Did you buy it? How much extra did you have to pay? Any information would definitely be helpful!
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    (Original post by usmanpk786)
    I am in EXAAAACT same situation! I am looking forward to get this.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Lenovo...item4d18775d02

    How did it go for you? Did you buy it? How much extra did you have to pay? Any information would definitely be helpful!
    look at pcspecialist...........if you get caught with that you'll have to pay import tax, etc
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    (Original post by usmanpk786)
    I am in EXAAAACT same situation! I am looking forward to get this.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Lenovo...item4d18775d02

    How did it go for you? Did you buy it? How much extra did you have to pay? Any information would definitely be helpful!
    I ended up buying it from Germany as in the end it was only slightly more expensive that shipping it from the US.
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    Why do you need so powerful of spec? If gaming then laptops are a joke for gaming, to start off with the battery life and a desktop out weights them soo much, as they do for video and 3d rendering. If you really want so high of specs a desktop would be so much better.

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    Why don't you just buy all the parts and get somebody to build it for you?
 
 
 
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