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April 5th, 2005, 18:50
ok all you tightwads, who can find the cheapest memory stick duo card (scandisk or sony)?
price has to include vat & shipping to the uk.:cool:

i'll start off with www.Photo-Scotland.co.uk (http://www.Photo-Scotland.co.uk)

256MB - 29.99 + 1.60 postage = 31.59
512MB - 44.99 + 1.60 postage = 46.59
1GIG - 99.99 + 1.60 postage = 101.59 (currently out of stock)

April 5th, 2005, 19:09

www.mymemory.co.uk is doing the 1GB Sandisk for 92.94 delivered ... havent received mine yet (ordered yesterday).

At the moment think 1GB should be enough for me :)


April 5th, 2005, 19:14
jez thats cheep,

Let us know what the service is like.

looks like it may be a limeted time offer (offer of the month/launch price) so those wanting buy NOW.

April 5th, 2005, 19:15
Got my sony 256 (brand new) off a amazon eshop for bout 22, it was listed as a sandisk so nice surprise

April 6th, 2005, 09:10
How about this on Ebay 41.85 for 512 inc ship and insurance, sould have no import duty and VAT will take a week though


April 6th, 2005, 09:20
Kpow - you are liable to duty -

What is the rate of Duty?
The rate of Duty for any given product should be the same no matter into which EU country they are imported, but may differ depending upon the country of origin. Set annually by the EU, rates run from 1st January to 31st December and are published in a Customs Tariff issued by each EU country. Duty is usually percentage based, and averages between 5-9% with extremes of nil and 85%.
How is the rate determined?
Goods are classified using the Customs Tariff in order to arrive at the rate of Duty. The EU uses a ten digit coding and there are approximately 14,000 classifications.
What is the value for Duty?
Customs assess the amount of Duty to be paid based on the declared value of the goods plus the transport costs to the country of destination.

April 6th, 2005, 09:43
Leggy stop quoting "DHL" and go to Customs, now for memory cards i'm not sure and say so. I will check though, and i'd say prob YES.

April 6th, 2005, 12:43
Kpow - I think if you read the rules you will find that customs duty ispayable on all goods that are bought from outside the EU. If you buy within the EU, you only pay the VAT.

April 6th, 2005, 12:45
Link from Customs and Exise site -


3.2 Do I have to pay duty or VAT on goods sent to me from outside the EC?

Most goods arriving in the UK from outside the EC are liable to any or all of these charges:

* Customs Duty;
* Excise Duty; and
* VAT.

These must be paid whether:

* you purchase the goods or receive them as a gift;
* the goods are new or used; or
* the goods are for your private use or for sale.

April 6th, 2005, 13:10
If you can ask the sender to write 'Industrial Sample' on the packet then I've heard you won't have to pay. Don't quote me though.

April 6th, 2005, 13:28
You are not charged vat on goods imported from the EU, whole point of the founding on the Eu, economic free trade area.

April 6th, 2005, 16:11
I've often bought products from Thailand and Japan and have never been charged by customs..

April 6th, 2005, 16:17

Might get a 512mb stick from them. They are UK based and pretty near to where I live so its my best option so far.

April 6th, 2005, 17:10
Ouch i feel sorry for you brits. Your money is valued so much higher than ours those prices would be unreasonable to pay + shipping here. 512 go for about 55-80 USD. Depends on the store and the deals. The average on them is about 62 + tax.

April 6th, 2005, 17:22
what %age is tax?

April 6th, 2005, 17:44
I have often not been charged customs when buying from abroad.

It's hit and miss as to whether they catch you or not.

April 6th, 2005, 18:42
But $80 is around 40 anyway, I could go buy the memory stick from the actual place, its only expensive if you get it delivered and/or include vat.

It's the cheapest/fastest/easiest way for me anyway.

April 6th, 2005, 18:44
i think psplover is refering to the fact that tax (not duty or import charges) is added on after. some english websites (ebuyer and GBAX for two) always quote prices without tax with the tax added on later :mad:

April 6th, 2005, 18:47
But $80 is around 40 anyway, I could go buy the memory stick from the actual place, its only expensive if you get it delivered and/or include vat.

It's the cheapest/fastest/easiest way for me anyway.

photo-scotland delivered next day, ordered wed recieved thur. 44.95+1.60 postage for 512MB, cheapest apart from some good buys on amazon and ebay.