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RE: filmscanners: Buying a scanner - from the US

Everyone charges duty and VAT, it's just that sometimes if you're lucky 
and live in the right part of the UK the postman forgets to collect it!

All the carriers operate a central office charge mechanism and you get the 
bill separately rather than having to pay at the door.

If you're patient enough to wait for the post though it has another 
advantage, the Post Office charge a smaller fee for customs handling than 
the carriers, even if they do remember to collect the cash.

jpgrove@blueyonder.co.uk (James Grove) wrote:

>       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.
> -- 
> James Grove
> james@jamesgrove.co.uk
> www.jamesgrove.co.uk
> www.mountain-photos.co.uk
> ICQ 99737573
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-filmscanners@halftone.co.uk
> [mailto:owner-filmscanners@halftone.co.uk] On Behalf Of Mark Otway
> Sent: 05 October 2001 10:35
> To: filmscanners@halftone.co.uk
> Subject: filmscanners: Buying a scanner - from the US
> Hi all,
> I've had a fair bit of feedback from various people about the negative
> scanner to buy, and it seems that the Nikon CoolScan IV LS-40 might be a
> good one to go for, since I've been warned off most machines cheaper
> than that. I've a feeling it might be a bit of overkill, but....
> Anyway, US$800 or so seems to be quite a good price when I consider the
> US/GBP exchange rate at the moment - it works out to about 575GBP, which
> is slightly more than I intended to spend but would get me a scanner I'd
> probably be able to live with for a long time.
> So, a couple of questions:
> 1. What are the batch scanning features like on the Nikon?
> 2. Can anyone recommend an online store from which I could buy the
> scanner in the US? 3. Any other ideas for scanners which might be
> slightly cheaper, before I commit myself?
> Thanks
> Mark


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