>> I have been following this thread and would like to add
>> that you WILL be charged Duty and VAT on these items, Approx
>> 3.2 Percent in Duty and then 17.5 Percent in VAT. The only
>> way to avoid this is to have the item sent my normal US
>> AirMail, all other carriers UPS,FedEx etc will charge you,
>> especially at the moment where ALL goods are being X-Rayed
>> to and from the US.
Are you sure? The HMC&E page
(http://www.hmce.gov.uk/bus/regions/dutyrate.htm) lists computer &
peripherals as not incurring an import duty. I can't see how the scanner
can be classed as anything other than a peripheral. When I imported my
laptop I was surprised to find that there's no import duty, but it's
absolutely true. Havins said that, even if import duty was levied at
3.2%, it'd still be a damned-sight cheaper than buying it over here
(particularly with US/GBP rates as they are).
The VAT isn't a problem, as this'll be a company purchase, so I'll be
able to claim it back or not pay it In the first place.