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This is kind of obvious thing. Any goods worth more then 20EUR is supposed to have customs on it, if it comes outside of the EU.(The 20EUR limit is sure for Hungary, but maybe it differs in UK).By customs I mean, you need to pay VAT, custom and handling charge. So when I bought plastics from Switzerland, I needed to pay ~120EUR, even when there is 0% custom! (still you need to pay VAT and handling charge.)This is the exact reason why it does not make sense to me, to sell reprap related things outside of EU.To be exact: I can sell things, which1. worth less then 20EUR2. weight less then 500gAnd I even didnt counted the enourmous shipping charge...You learned the hard way, just like me...Best regards, Laszlohttp://blog.arcol.hu
The problem with Royal Mail though is that often their handling fee is much greater than the actual VAT they are collecting.
Sometimes you need to watch out when you're purchasing online . If the item is available in your area it'd be much more a big saving benefit for you,since most low cost franchise companies may require you pay for the extra VAT which is extremely high.