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Old 02-09-2010, 11:08 AM   #1
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do you have problems with customs when ordering from china etc?

hi im new here so i dont know if this is a repeat or not. if it is, then mod please erase. but i wanted to know if anyone here had problems with customs ordering transformers from china? i get packages always say inboud / handed over to customs all the time. but have not been charge yet. so i guess im being lucky so far. anyone have had bad expierences ordering overseas? any nightmares or anyone stop ordering overseas completely for another reason? i myself is getting annoyed from ordering overseas. how about anyone here?
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:30 AM   #2
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Your location field is blank, so for the sake of clarity, are you in the U.S?

Or elsewhere?

Nothing is absolutely 100% bulletproof, but unless you happen to live in a country with an especially punitive/inefficient customs or postal system the benefits of ordering from most overseas countries will usually far outweigh the disadvantages.
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:32 AM   #3
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Only the heroin.

I order a few bits and pieces from HK without any issue, and loads of stuff from JP with an *ahem* imaginative customs value recorded. Never had one held by customs yet.
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:37 AM   #5
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Everything I've ever ordered from Japan, China, Taiwan (technically part of China, yes) and Hong Kong (yes, also technically part of China) has always shown as "Inbound Into Customs" and "Outbound from Customs" or something like that. My packages are always in and out in a matter of minutes to hours. I've always assumed it was just part of international mail processing and that every package coming from outside the US goes through customs.
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:41 AM   #6
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I've never had problems but I have only had small stuff shipped


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Old 02-09-2010, 11:43 AM   #7
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Old 02-09-2010, 12:55 PM   #8
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Well, I have had a KO G1 Shockwave shipped to me from China and I was really nervous about that, with it being a gun and all...but I got it no problems...

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Old 02-09-2010, 01:01 PM   #9
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Problems? Never. It does however take an awfully long time... I've had shipments come from China that took 6 weeks or more so be prepared to wait. I've also had to pay duty on some sealed MISB items which is never pleasant (it can get quite expensive!). You will save yourself a lot of hassle if you are prepared to pay %10 of the purchase price in duty. It's almost never cheaper to get stuff from China and I never would if I could find the same thing in North America. Let resellers worry about overseas shipping.
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Taiwan (technically part of China, yes) and Hong Kong (yes, also technically part of China)
Not if you ask anyone from Taiwan or Hong Kong. LOL

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I haven't had much of a problem with customs, as in having a package take longer than a week to get to me. Though I have ended up with boxes that were opened up by customs before making its way over to my Post Office. No big deal, really.
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