I'd like to be able to check my postage savings before I commit to this. Simple reason is that my items aren't too big/bulky, but they are expensive (7x17 film). Just want to make sure that I am actually making a saving!
Will that be okay with y'all?
In the great Australian 'me-too-ism',
"I'm in too!"
( Just have to think what it was I wanted last time I didn't order... )
That was why I thought I had better send out the intended order broken down by member and an estimation of shipping costs. This I will do Tuesday morning. After review and if you want to go ahead with the purchases forward me the funds or least a proportion of it.
Originally Posted by LJH
Perfect! Thanks, Lachlan.
PM's and Email/s sent with order and my bank details
The large total would suggest we are gonna be hit with an import duty too... Keep that in mind. Maybe we could split up the order between 2 people or something.
Tom, Mick pointed this outto me this morning.
Looked into what this would be and it is not a simple matter of applying a flat rate to the order. I have discovered instant print film is duty free for instance. Other items depending on country of manufacture can also be duty free, or 3% or 5%.
I only see two options. A). Order broken up between two of us, or B). Order broken up and shipped to me separated by a good period of time.
Any volunteers for helping persue option A) ???
Others here on APUG have ordered from Freestyle, with orders well under the $1000 GST-threshold. I am very surprised the order has come to well over $1,500. The order is too high to garner benefits of overseas purchasing. Customs, only doing their job, will embargo the order (sometimes for as long as 10 days, but the average is 3) and charge 10% GST, pushing the total to around $1,722.00 (they include freight-on-GST). It is unfair to have others in a small order group carry the burden of a GST impost; the order should be split up 2 or 3 with each one under the GST-free threshold.
I'm happy to take half the order.
Originally Posted by Oxleyroad
Also, I've heard of customs catching people out up to a few weeks between big orders split up to avoid GST.
We're better off splitting it up with regions considered for ease of postage costs.