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It's obvious? Pardon me mate
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USA USA USA USA

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I'll just state without further adding to your woes that here in Australia we are very lucky with that stuff.

No duty or GST under $1000 is payable. Over $1000 it's 10% GST and 5% duty.
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Originally Posted by Henry Carter View Post

I'll just state without further adding to your woes that here in Australia we are very lucky with that stuff.

No duty or GST under $1000 is payable. Over $1000 it's 10% GST and 5% duty.

Ironically, if the item is made in America there is no duty to pay.

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No news on the hatch grain MTO yet? Been offline for a few weeks, but don't sem to have missed out on it, like I feared.

I'm thinking of doing a shell boot MTO, Pepe tells me price would be EUR400 incl VAT (presumably without shipping) if we can do min 6 pairs. Anyone keen on doing a group MTO? My initial thoughts are medium height balmoral quarter brogue in olfe last, rubber sole, but I'm open to suggestions. Thoughts?
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

^ post pics, don't complain

it's a fcking reality of buying shoes. Meermin is only attractive at the prices listed online. With duties and fees, use tax they are not worth the money, not in the states atleast

 

Where do you find a better valued/construction shoes instead of Meermin LM (less than $450 w/o trees)?  Vass is the only other option at ~$200 more but they do have a harder time in making things consistently.  Saint Crispins are nice but its $1500+.  The cheapest bespoke maker I've talked to starts at $800.

 

Carmina/C&J are way overpriced their mediocre quality besides the fact that they are GY welted.  G&G RTW has been cutting corners since going mass market and AS is just disappointing.  JL and EG are top notch but JL skimps on material as well.  EG is best of the GY welted pack but their customer service is meh.

 

Don't get me wrong, Meermin LM saves on some materials as well (specifically cost cutting at the JL level, a notch below EG), but guys like Carmina and C&J cuts much much more...

 

Vass is good.  Saint Crispins is good (aside from the machine stitched soles).

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Originally Posted by Henry Carter View Post

I'll just state without further adding to your woes that here in Australia we are very lucky with that stuff.

No duty or GST under $1000 is payable. Over $1000 it's 10% GST and 5% duty.

Yes, but shipping, especially returns, is a biatch royale.

 

Still, you dont see me going on and on and on and on and on about that.

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Originally Posted by Henry Carter View Post

I'll just state without further adding to your woes that here in Australia we are very lucky with that stuff.

No duty or GST under $1000 is payable. Over $1000 it's 10% GST and 5% duty.
We're not so lucky in Norway.
25% sales tax (and possibly 10% customs tax) for everything valued at more than $35. Also a $20 flat fee (for everything >$35).

Shoes are not subject to customs tax, but clothes are. Did I mention that you also pay tax on the shipping costs?

But even with the taxes Meermin still provides great value compared to the chain stores. For a ~50% increase in total costs I can go from a pretty crappy pair of generic leather shoes to a pair from the classic collection.
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Originally Posted by Petepan View Post

Yes, but shipping, especially returns, is a biatch royale.

Still, you dont see me going on and on and on and on and on about that.

True but that's the risks of buying stuff off the internet that requires trying on. Been burned a few times with that myself.
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Originally Posted by henrikc View Post

We're not so lucky in Norway.
25% sales tax (and possibly 10% customs tax) for everything valued at more than $35. Also a $20 flat fee (for everything >$35).

Shoes are not subject to customs tax, but clothes are. Did I mention that you also pay tax on the shipping costs?

But even with the taxes Meermin still provides great value compared to the chain stores. For a ~50% increase in total costs I can go from a pretty crappy pair of generic leather shoes to a pair from the classic collection.

That all sounds pretty ridiculous and answers why a SF member from Norway asked me if we had an address in the EU we ship from to avoid some of the taxes. Are they lower/non-existent when being shipped from another country within the EU?
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Not that I'm aware of, but the rules are such that anything over the value of 200NOK (approx. $35) are subjected to VAT. However, if it is a gift the limit rises to 1000NOK ($171), probably explaining why Norwegians sometimes ask for the package to be marked as gift.
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Packages sent within the European Union are considered "domestic" and won't be taxed. Unfortunately Norway is not a part of the EU, just the EEC.
However, we border with Sweden and they are members of the EU. It's possible to do a poste restante where you ship it to a post office in Sweden and pick it up yourself. Since you're leaving the country you can bring goods worth up to ~$500 (~$1000 if you've been out of the country for more than 24 hours) without paying any taxes.

For those living relatively close to the border this can be combined with shopping, as meat, tobacco and alcohol is cheaper in Sweden, so the SF member you talked to might have considered going that route.
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Originally Posted by henrikc View Post

Packages sent within the European Union are considered "domestic" and won't be taxed. Unfortunately Norway is not a part of the EU, just the EEC.
However, we border with Sweden and they are members of the EU. It's possible to do a poste restante where you ship it to a post office in Sweden and pick it up yourself. Since you're leaving the country you can bring goods worth up to ~$500 (~$1000 if you've been out of the country for more than 24 hours) without paying any taxes.

For those living relatively close to the border this can be combined with shopping, as meat, tobacco and alcohol is cheaper in Sweden, so the SF member you talked to might have considered going that route.



I kid, I kid; this is correct as well.
post #4813 of 11934
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Originally Posted by henrikc View Post

Packages sent within the European Union are considered "domestic" and won't be taxed.
You won't pay import duty but the Vat is payable at the rate of the country of purchase. (22% for Spain I believe)
We all suffer in one way or another. I ordered a pair of Alden's and ended up cancelling as the 20% VAT and 8% duty was pushing the cost to almost $1000! (We get taxed on the shipping in the UK too)
I do think Namor has been royally ripped off tho
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Originally Posted by henrikc View Post

Packages sent within the European Union are considered "domestic" and won't be taxed. Unfortunately Norway is not a part of the EU, just the EEC.
However, we border with Sweden and they are members of the EU. It's possible to do a poste restante where you ship it to a post office in Sweden and pick it up yourself. Since you're leaving the country you can bring goods worth up to ~$500 (~$1000 if you've been out of the country for more than 24 hours) without paying any taxes.

For those living relatively close to the border this can be combined with shopping, as meat, tobacco and alcohol is cheaper in Sweden, so the SF member you talked to might have considered going that route.

 

For those lucky enough to live close enough to Sweden, poste restante is a good way of avoiding taxes.

 

And yes, Henry Carter, it's quite ridiculous. The 200 NOK (35$) limit has not been altered since the 1970s I think.

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Originally Posted by chogall View Post

Where do you find a better valued/construction shoes instead of Meermin LM (less than $450 w/o trees)?  Vass is the only other option at ~$200 more but they do have a harder time in making things consistently.  Saint Crispins are nice but its $1500+.  The cheapest bespoke maker I've talked to starts at $800.

Carmina/C&J are way overpriced their mediocre quality besides the fact that they are GY welted.  G&G RTW has been cutting corners since going mass market and AS is just disappointing.  JL and EG are top notch but JL skimps on material as well.  EG is best of the GY welted pack but their customer service is meh.

Don't get me wrong, Meermin LM saves on some materials as well (specifically cost cutting at the JL level, a notch below EG), but guys like Carmina and C&J cuts much much more...

Vass is good.  Saint Crispins is good (aside from the machine stitched soles).

sigh, you're hate of GY welting is getting old and has always been ridiculous.

At the same price or even for $100 more, C&J all day over meermin.
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