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Delia Snyder




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PostPosted: Thu 09 Sep, 2004 9:14 am    Post subject: Shipping sword to England from US         Reply with quote

Hi all,

I'm selling a sword on Ebay, and I stated that I would only ship it in the United States; however someone contacted me and wanted to know if I would be willing to send it to England. Does anyone know if this will be a big problem? I did recently send one to Australia and it went fine, but I stressed about it for 2 weeks until it got there.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Delia
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Michael Sigman
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PostPosted: Thu 09 Sep, 2004 9:16 am    Post subject: Re: Shipping sword to England from US         Reply with quote

Delia Snyder wrote:
Hi all,

I'm selling a sword on Ebay, and I stated that I would only ship it in the United States; however someone contacted me and wanted to know if I would be willing to send it to England. Does anyone know if this will be a big problem? I did recently send one to Australia and it went fine, but I stressed about it for 2 weeks until it got there.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Delia


It should not be a problem at all. We use the Post Office for our overseas sales and it works well. We usually mark them as Decorative Ironwork - just for the sake of the curious customs agent. :-)

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Delia Snyder




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PostPosted: Thu 09 Sep, 2004 9:34 am    Post subject: Re: Shipping sword to England from US         Reply with quote

Michael Sigman wrote:
We usually mark them as Decorative Ironwork - just for the sake of the curious customs agent. :-)


Decorative Ironwork......that's funny.

Thanks so much.

Delia
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Timothy Gulics




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PostPosted: Thu 09 Sep, 2004 10:12 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Decorative Ironwork!

That's code for POINTY SWORDY! Eek!

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PostPosted: Thu 09 Sep, 2004 11:35 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

How about Iron Stage Prop?
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PostPosted: Thu 09 Sep, 2004 11:36 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Personally, I would label it a "monkey training device" just to see what happens.
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PostPosted: Thu 09 Sep, 2004 12:09 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

How about: "Ice scraper LARGE" for Canada?
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Lee O'Hagan




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PostPosted: Thu 09 Sep, 2004 12:35 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Decorative ironwork seems to work the best,
Someone mentioned on another board that stage prop is a different tax code,?
personally cant say for sure though,
I've had four or five posted over from the US,
Only had a problem with one and that was the fault of pooforce,read as parcelforce,
If it is an expensive item,if viable go for the two or three day service,
If standard,insure to the hilt as the postal service over here is the same as a few public services,archaic,
two weeks is about the norm so far too,

If marked monkey training device,LOL
The buyer wont receive it as the item will become a permanent fixture in the pooforce canteen,
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Lee Watts




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PostPosted: Thu 09 Sep, 2004 1:18 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I have had a couple of swords from albion and some other manufacturers apart from takeing up to 2 weeks i haven't really ever had any problems.
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Josh Aldous




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PostPosted: Thu 09 Sep, 2004 7:05 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I sent one and it got there fine, and I DID indeed use "decorative ironwork" Big Grin
Another thing to keep in mind when shipping internationally is that you may want to keep the declared value low, since the customs charges that the recipient has to pay are calculated as a percentage of that value.
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Geoff Wood




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PostPosted: Thu 09 Sep, 2004 10:26 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Josh Aldous wrote:

Another thing to keep in mind when shipping internationally is that you may want to keep the declared value low, since the customs charges that the recipient has to pay are calculated as a percentage of that value.


Wouldn't that run the risk of screwing up any potential insurance claim?
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Lee O'Hagan




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PostPosted: Fri 10 Sep, 2004 9:31 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It certainly does Geoff,
The courier/postal will only pay the insured value,
anything to the contrary you run the risk of accusation of tax fraud,
That line coming from the secretary of the managing director of parcelforce,

Parcelforce lost a sword i had sent mid year,
Seller put the price i actually paid for the item as the insured value,
Replacement quotes for the sword were alot higher than the purchase price,
no dice,
you get what it is insured for + postal cost's only,

Also the sender makes the claim and the buyer is normally left to wait for the claim to go through,
seller dependant on that though,

So after that episode i've found that a two or three day service though more expensive is the way to go,
insured amounts may vary to recoup the extra transit charge,
not endorsing anyone else to do this via a public forum though of course.
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Delia Snyder




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PostPosted: Fri 10 Sep, 2004 10:25 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nathan Robinson wrote:
Personally, I would label it a "monkey training device" just to see what happens.


You are an odd, odd man.

Delia walks away from the computer shaking her head .............
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