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This is why it sucks being European with a US car hobby!
#1
Ok, I have been ranting a few times over shipping fees and taxes and the like when you order from a US supplier and need the parts shipped to Europe.
I recently ordered my new Hedmans and some other stuff like oil filters, a new set of KYBs and some gaskets and exhaust calmps, so here I have a concrete example of happens.
I will not name the company because it is not their fault at all.

The total cost for the parts was 670$.
Now it gets bad: Handling and shipping is 285$
Makes a total of 955$.
Now, if that wasn´t bad enough, they invented import tax and VAT which make another 188$ (145€ in today´s conversion).

Let´s resume: If I order parts for 670$ I end up paying a total of 1143 $!! Angry

And you just hope everything is ok and they did not ship the wrong parts because sending them back will cost too much.

Like I said, it´s not the seller´s fault, it´s just the way it is.

Imagine what that nice set of 18 inch billet rims would cost..... Sad

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Mike

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#2
it's cheaper to carve out the rims in your garage by hand!!

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#3
This is why I am afraid the direction this country (USA) is headed where we do not make anything, promise great benefits to everyone and have fewer and fewer people working to pay taxes.Confused
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#4
I would be concerned about getting the wrong parts every time I placed an order. Heck, I am that way now, and to think I would have to pay ~$100 to ship it back. I am glad you can enjoy the hobby, but that takes a level of dedication that can be hard to swallow. Look at it this way, you could build a relationship with an American who enjoys european cars and buy a container to ship back and forth with parts for each others cars. Taxes would still be a killing. Either that or find a drug dealer with regular shipments, they can always get that stuff across borders.

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#5
bkdunha;100186 Wrote:Either that or find a drug dealer with regular shipments, they can always get that stuff across borders.

THAT might actually work. Big Grin

bkdunha;100186 Wrote:I am glad you can enjoy the hobby, but that takes a level of dedication that can be hard to swallow.

Well, take into account that you can take your gas prices by 2,5 and you can imagine what it feels like every time I hit the throttle an the 351. Confused

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#6
most aftermarket parts are shipped from over seas so why are you buying from U.S.?
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vamach1;100185 Wrote:This is why I am afraid the direction this country (USA) is headed where we do not make anything, promise great benefits to everyone and have fewer and fewer people working to pay taxes.Confused
Yup very true.Confused
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#8
You act as if you have to put up with Obama for another 4 years.

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#9
Hi Lux,

Let me say that you have my complete sympathy in every way on this matter. It's the same lousy deal here in Australia when you want to order parts from America. Yes, they are priced reasonably fairly in America, but the shipping and or postage costs really hammer you badly by the time they get to Oz.

Sadly, it makes the hobby of owning a '71-'73 an expensive concept in the long run here, and you won't get good $ returns for the forseeable future for reselling on.

Given that a lot of the aftermarket parts come from Asian countries and get shipped to America, i wonder what the markups are to the American customers? Imagine that, Asian parts on an All American vehicle. Doesn't sound quite right, does it. Anyway, i deal also with a couple of local Australian Mustang parts importers, and they deal direct with Asian countries as well, but the cost of the parts and the markups, makes it still an expensive exercise. If America made most or maybe all of these parts, again i wonder what the pricing would be in that instance.

Oh well, i guess at the end of the day, it's all about people trying to make as much money as they can from the system.They say that in some cases around the world today, the Internet buying thing is becoming so popular, that parcels are out stripping regular mail handling at post offices. So why not make a dollar from it all?
That's capitalism in action. So Lux, when you're driving down the road at home, and you get the looks, man, you know you've earned it!

Greg.Sad

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vamach1;100185 Wrote:This is why I am afraid the direction this country (USA) is headed where we do not make anything, promise great benefits to everyone and have fewer and fewer people working to pay taxes.Confused

I'm not religious but, a big AMEN seems appropriate. Chuck
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