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Buying Dress from the USA

Im considering buying a dress from a shop in the USA. Whats the cheapest way to do this, paypal will charge me 3% over the base exchange rate and then ill have to pay import duty and some other tax which will add a considerable amount to the cost (£240)
Any ideas as to how best to purchase?


  • trainboy
    Someone at work bought trainers and had a nasty shock when the duty and tax was added. Distance selling regulations cover you in the UK but what is your right of return if there is a size or quality issue?
  • jon81uk
    jon81uk Posts: 3,793 Forumite
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    Use a credit card that doesn't add an international fee Travel credit cards: the best credit cards to use abroad - MSE (moneysavingexpert.com)

    Expect that all items will have 20% VAT added plus a charge by the courier of around £8-15. Items over £135 will also have import duty added which be quite significant.

    If you buy from a marketplace such as eBay they will often collect the taxes at point of sale rather than the delivery company having to do it.
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