Alohacyberian <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>"Hooverphonic" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>> this is the Dixons dutyfree link - Nikon D50 GBP382.89
>> and this is the Ebuyer non-dutyfree link - Nikon D50 GBP 378.74
>> so NOT buying Dixons duty free actually saves you GBP 4 !!
>> if it really was dutyfree it should cost GBP 322.33
>Perhaps duty free, but not tax free. ;-) KM
True. Prices within the UK include the 17.5% Value Added Tax (VAT).
If you buy on the high street, you can actually claim that VAT back
after you leave the country. You just need a form from the retailer,
and get it stamped before you check in at the airport (carrying the
goods out of the country with you). They will mail you a cheque
for 17.5% of what you paid.
When you travel between countries of the EU, you must still pay VAT
(but no duty). Therefore, whether you pay VAT or not depends on your
destination. To make things simpler marketing-wise, Dixons has decided
to charge the same for everyone at "duty free" regardless of
destination. So Dixons swallows the VAT for those travelling within EU,
and they guarantee the price will be highstreet price minus VAT. For
those travelling outside EU, they don't need to pay VAT to HM Treasury.
The Ebuyer price is probably for grey market goods, and doesn't count
as a high street price. I bought a D70 grey-market, and got the VAT
back on leaving UK for maximum benefit. Beware, though, that you will
have a hell of job getting warranty service for grey-market Nikon stuff,
because they code their serial numbers according to country, and assume
that no one ever moves between countries. They only provide the
warranty service in the country of serial-number. (Mine was Au).
Anyway, the camera made it through a year without needing the warranty
and now it's expired, so I was lucky.
If you are actually going through UK, you can visit shops in London
(e.g. Tottenham Court) and get a decent price and the VAT back, and
it won't be far off the price in the US.
Remember buying on the street in US (e.g. New York) you pay sales tax
on top the price, and can not claim that back upon leaving the country.
(There are fiddles where you could buy mail-order from one state to
another, but good luck getting anything delivered mail order to a hotel
with a credit card not addressed there and issued outside the US).