Originally Posted by stateless
Seriously. I can order wholesale from Ron (who is very nice, did I mention that) and charge everyone retail, but then I'd have to deal with import duties and all the hassle that entails. Sarah (who is also very nice, I might have mentioned) offered us a 10% discount if we ordered over $100 pounds and a $90 pound shipping rate for approx. 50 items.
I can entirely understand why it's too much trouble - when I placed an order with Valmour for myself and a few friends, it was rather like herding cats to get everyone to tell me precisely what colours they wanted, in polish and cream and I felt quite exhausted at the end of it.
However, it's worth noting that you'd only have to pay import duties if the cost of the polish/cream and shipping was $1000 or more, and I suspect that it would take a fair bit of stuff to get you to that level.
One proviso, though - courier companies like DHL and Fedex will sometimes charge you a "customs processing fee", even though there's nothing in your package that actually needs to be processed by customs and even though the cost of the product and shipping is well under $100. Personally, I consider the practice to be a rort, although I have been informed that there are sound reasons for doing it (other than increasing the bottom line of courier companies, of course)...