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#1 sid99

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 06:31 PM

When I order the regimen off the site it costs so much on taxes its almost a put off. Most US websites I order off (and I order of a few) just state "gift" on the product and this way I avoid having to pay any fees which keeps me the customer happy and wanting to purchase more. However having to pay a ridiculous amount on international shipping (more than most other US based companies) and then a hefty international custom fee is really taking the piss to be quite frank.

Please Dan sort this out , just add "gift" on the item and you can avoid it. I know it may be inappropriate to add this (as technically its not a gift) but in this day and age you have to use the loop holes to survive in the business world, hence almost every international company I order of which is foreign does this.

I'm not trying to rant but just so this gets noticed please take care of your international customers some way or another as well as your domestic. We too are a big potential market.


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Posted 19 May 2009 - 05:37 AM

This is true when i received my package i had to pay a rediculous amount in customs charges the postman actually told me that little trick of saying it's a gift to avoid those charged because i was so mortified at the cost of everything all up! I haven't re-ordered yet so haven't tried it but i will.
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Posted 19 May 2009 - 08:35 AM

I hope Dan replies, at least to explain why he doesn't use the 'gift' option...

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 12:54 PM

It's for insurance purposes in case it gets lost.

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Posted 20 May 2009 - 11:14 AM

I'd rather take the risk of the package getting lost (because in all honesty the chance of that happening is probably less than 10%) and when you consider the fact that the custom charge is the roughly the same as the actual product (16oz cost just under $17 and customer charge was £11.30) even if it does get lost for me to reorder will weigh out just the same. If it were to get lost again than blame pure old luck. I hardly doubt a package is going to get lost twice for the majority of people let alone once.

Overall it will be far more beneficial for us international customers. I'm sorry but to put it truly if you were to do a feasibility study on the current international shipping costs most companies would have already deemed it a failure.

But let me not get carried away and get back to the point. All i'm trying to do is bring this topic in to a light a bit more and just advising Dan and his team of this. It will truly be great if you could sort this problem out. Thanks.
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Posted 21 May 2009 - 01:18 PM

It's to cover the seller in case they wish to make a claim, not the buyer. Plus it's against regulations and Dan could risk a fine.

The importing personal allowance has been £18 for as long as I remember! I doubt they'll raise it either!

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Posted 23 May 2009 - 06:53 AM

I am thinking whether it would be possible to find a good parcel forwarding service for that. Here's my post: http://www.acne.org/...ng-t236925.html
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Posted 23 May 2009 - 10:07 AM

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Posted 23 May 2009 - 10:22 AM

QUOTE (Marjory @ May 21 2009, 08:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
it's against regulations and Dan could risk a fine.

The importing personal allowance has been £18 for as long as I remember! I doubt they'll raise it either!

But yeah...it is a pain eusa_doh.gif


I wholly agree and the penalties could be serious for Dan.


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Posted 23 May 2009 - 12:41 PM

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In my experience up until last year (2008) taxes were NOT applicable on parcels with a value of up to £39


It has been static at £18 for donkeys years! The £39 customs allowance is if it's a gift.

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Posted 23 May 2009 - 12:53 PM

QUOTE (Marjory @ May 23 2009, 07:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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In my experience up until last year (2008) taxes were NOT applicable on parcels with a value of up to £39


It has been static at £18 for donkeys years! The £39 customs allowance is if it's a gift.


as far as I'm aware it is as Marjory says at £18 at the moment.

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Posted 26 May 2009 - 12:44 PM

QUOTE (English_Rose @ May 23 2009, 05:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have a friend in the USA who will be happy to accept to delivery of an acne.org order and then forward on as a "gift" to the UK, maybe you could try something like that.


yeah, that would be great. Too bad I just ordered my Dan's BP to the UK directly sad.gif
has your friend sent you anything from the states? how much did you have to pay for the postage?
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Posted 31 August 2009 - 03:26 PM

QUOTE (Marjory @ May 21 2009, 02:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Plus it's against regulations and Dan could risk a fine.


Exactly. I spoke to our shipper about this and businesses are not allowed to mark things as gifts. It could potentially get the company into a lot of trouble and also make it difficult for ANY of our products to get through in the future, whether they're marked as "gift" or not.

I'm sorry that we don't have a way around this. I know you guys pay a lot of money in customs fees.

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 04:27 PM

It does royally suck. Maybe one day Dan will expand his business and have a UK distribution network! That would be incredible!

If you work it out though, even including the custom charges Dan's BP comes in at around the same price as ordering PanOxyl domestically to the same volume of actual BP. Actually the PanOxyl might come in at around £2 cheaper. For me, it's easier to buy from Dan in the sense that I buy less units. I also much prefer the pump rather than PanOxyl tubes, as I can control how much BP I use more easily. The only negative from a efficiency point of view is if I'm not at home when Royal Mail try to deliver... in which case I have to go down to the depot and pay the charge before they'll give me my item. Luckily I live right near my depot in London and can walk there... but it's a nuisance anywhere else in the country as the depots there tend to be outside of town.
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Posted 07 October 2009 - 05:20 AM

I don't ever remember being charged customs. Then again, I've only ever ordered things amounting to less than £20 for the most part. But even when I ordered the BP + Cleanser I don't remember being charged customs duty..?

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Posted 08 November 2009 - 05:27 AM

Its hit and miss sometimes you do get one through without the fees, lately though, my last 3 have been hit. Everything I use is from the states but the soap and moisturiser I get brought back when people go over on holiday.

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Posted 22 November 2009 - 01:41 PM

Dan is an honest man trying to run a successful and honest business. Using loop holes in the system is dishonest and could get him in a lot of trouble. While we don't like paying these taxes (me included) they are there for a reason.

I don't understand people who moan about paying taxes. It goes to the Government who in turn use it to pay for many of the free or subsidised services that we are VERY lucky to have in the UK. You would be quick to moan if we had a poor, struggling Government, which many countries in this world have.
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Posted 22 November 2009 - 02:30 PM

QUOTE (Christof @ Nov 22 2009, 07:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Dan is an honest man trying to run a successful and honest business. Using loop holes in the system is dishonest and could get him in a lot of trouble. While we don't like paying these taxes (me included) they are there for a reason.

I don't understand people who moan about paying taxes. It goes to the Government who in turn use it to pay for many of the free or subsidised services that we are VERY lucky to have in the UK. You would be quick to moan if we had a poor, struggling Government, which many countries in this world have.


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Posted 07 January 2010 - 04:24 PM

If I brought 2 8oz at separate times which would be £12 each instead of just 1 16oz which would be £24 plus p&p, would I avoid the custom charge?

It is anything £18 or above then you get charged?

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 04:49 PM

I have recently thought about trying to buy in two lots rather than one and I think I will give that a try. But I think you would have to purchase on two seperate days otherwise you will end up with the packages arriving the same time and you might get the charge. Not sure.

If you try it then let us know what you find!
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