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post #4816 of 11009
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.
post #4817 of 11009
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.
post #4818 of 11009
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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 #4819 of 11009
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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
post #4820 of 11009
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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.

post #4821 of 11009
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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.
post #4822 of 11009

Long time reader, first time poster. I just received my first order from Meermin yesterday and I thought I would post some pics. For my first order, I got the dark brown calf double monks and the dark brown suede chukka boots with rubber sole (you have to get two to get your moneys worth on the shipping). I couldn't be happier with the quality and overall experience of ordering. The quality is above AE and is much cheaper. The calf and suede feels better than both of my AEs and the lasts are much sleeker. I was a little worried about the sizing and emailed them to get their input. I normally wear a 10E in AEs and Luisa responded and told me I should go with size 9UK in both of these shoes. The fit is right on so they definitely know their sizing and how it compares to other brands. The customer service was also great. The day after I placed the order, I received the Paypal invoice from Sandro. I submitted payment and realized I used the wrong card. I emailed Sandro back and asked him to refund it so I could use a different card. He did this right away without any issue. The shipping was surprisingly fast. I placed the order last Tuesday night and they were delivered to my place in DC yesterday (Tuesday). Also, I somehow avoided any import duties/fees from FedEx. Idk if I just got lucky or what, but I'll take it.

 

Definitely the first order of many to come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #4823 of 11009
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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.

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post #4824 of 11009
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Originally Posted by Quadcammer View Post


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.

 

Not just GY welting.  Dissect your C&J and observe what's been used inside and compare to what's used inside Vass/St Crispins/bespoke shoes of various refinements.  Heat formed stiffeners? Checked.  Canvass lining? Checked.  Thin insoles? Checked.  Pick your own poison.

 

Owned both Meermin LM & C&J Handgrade, I like Meermin better.  And they costs about the same prior to the skyrocketing price increases of C&J for the past several years.

 

p.s., Meermin LM insole is about 3.5-4mm thick, about 7 irons.  Some bespoke makers goes as thick as 10 irons for insole...

post #4825 of 11009
Ty scottmansam great photos, the chukkas looks better than on their website
post #4826 of 11009
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Originally Posted by ScootManSam View Post

Long time reader, first time poster. I just received my first order from Meermin yesterday and I thought I would post some pics. For my first order, I got the dark brown calf double monks and the dark brown suede chukka boots with rubber sole (you have to get two to get your moneys worth on the shipping). I couldn't be happier with the quality and overall experience of ordering. The quality is above AE and is much cheaper. The calf and suede feels better than both of my AEs and the lasts are much sleeker. I was a little worried about the sizing and emailed them to get their input. I normally wear a 10E in AEs and Luisa responded and told me I should go with size 9UK in both of these shoes. The fit is right on so they definitely know their sizing and how it compares to other brands. The customer service was also great. The day after I placed the order, I received the Paypal invoice from Sandro. I submitted payment and realized I used the wrong card. I emailed Sandro back and asked him to refund it so I could use a different card. He did this right away without any issue. The shipping was surprisingly fast. I placed the order last Tuesday night and they were delivered to my place in DC yesterday (Tuesday). Also, I somehow avoided any import duties/fees from FedEx. Idk if I just got lucky or what, but I'll take it.

Definitely the first order of many to come.



























Nice!! Now get that room tidied!!
post #4827 of 11009
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Originally Posted by ScootManSam View Post

Long time reader, first time poster. I just received my first order from Meermin yesterday and I thought I would post some pics. For my first order, I got the dark brown calf double monks and the dark brown suede chukka boots with rubber sole (you have to get two to get your moneys worth on the shipping). I couldn't be happier with the quality and overall experience of ordering. The quality is above AE and is much cheaper. The calf and suede feels better than both of my AEs and the lasts are much sleeker. I was a little worried about the sizing and emailed them to get their input. I normally wear a 10E in AEs and Luisa responded and told me I should go with size 9UK in both of these shoes. The fit is right on so they definitely know their sizing and how it compares to other brands. The customer service was also great. The day after I placed the order, I received the Paypal invoice from Sandro. I submitted payment and realized I used the wrong card. I emailed Sandro back and asked him to refund it so I could use a different card. He did this right away without any issue. The shipping was surprisingly fast. I placed the order last Tuesday night and they were delivered to my place in DC yesterday (Tuesday). Also, I somehow avoided any import duties/fees from FedEx. Idk if I just got lucky or what, but I'll take it.

 

Definitely the first order of many to come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These look great. Which lasts?

post #4828 of 11009

Thanks. The dub monks are Hiro and the chukkas are Rui. Both RTW from Coleccion Clasica. Rocked the monks for the first time yesterday and they were really comfortable. Doesn't seem like they'll need much breaking in.

post #4829 of 11009
^ Do you wear the same size in both and/or can you comment on differences in how they fit?
post #4830 of 11009

Yea these are both 9's and they are both a pretty good fit. The monks fit very well - no slippage in the heel but not too tight. I where 10E in the AE Mcallisters which are on the 5 last and the Walden loafers which are on the 114 last. The monks fit pretty much like both my AEs, maybe slightly tighter than the Mcallisters but I think you want that with a monk since there are no laces to tighten up. I've only warn the chukkas around my apartment a little, but they feel the same as the monks, maybe a little wider in the heel and middle of foot but the toe box is the same or slightly narrower. If you check out the last chart (http://meermin.tumblr.com/image/20983395357), the Hiro juts out a little just before the toe box whereas the Rui is pretty much straight. I might take the boots for a spin at work tomorrow so I'll report back and see how they feel after a full day's wear.

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