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# 109779 26-Sep-2012 14:43
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hi geeks!


my friend found a good site http://www.valuebasket.co.nz , which seem to have good pricing, free shipping and based outta HK

has any one purchased from here? I want to know what are they like

i called them and they said no need for extra GST but i am a bit suspicious on that front, any experiences here.

can u pls have a look and tell me what u think?

cheers :)

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  # 691728 26-Sep-2012 14:49
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If Customs pick it up at the border and value is over $500NZD (IIRC) then they'll charge you the GST.  Otherwise, you don't have to pay it.

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  # 691754 26-Sep-2012 16:00
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ubergeeknz: If Customs pick it up at the border and value is over $500NZD (IIRC) then they'll charge you the GST.  Otherwise, you don't have to pay it.



Off their site.


Do I have to pay duty or tax if I place an order with you?Import duty or local tax is imposed in some countries. We advise that you contact your local custom office for information. Where applicable, we may be able to offer a solution to ensure your transaction with us is pleasant and to your satisfaction.

 
 
 
 


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  # 691756 26-Sep-2012 16:04
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sep11guy: 
i called them and they said no need for extra GST but i am a bit suspicious on that front, any experiences here.


Just another drop-shipper out of china.

You will be pinged for GST and clearance fees (and duty if applicable) by customs if your order is over the threshold - which is presently $400 NZD total including shipping, (assuming no duty applies, less if duty is involved).






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  # 691757 26-Sep-2012 16:04
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ubergeeknz: If Customs pick it up at the border and value is over $500NZD (IIRC) then they'll charge you the GST. ?Otherwise, you don't have to pay it.


I don't think that is entirely correct. Fair Go had a story about this and it may depend on the item, but people can get charged GST on imports valued far smaller than that. Plus you get charged other fees too I heard. Apparently it is quite a complex calculation to work it out as to where you will have to pay duty and gst.

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  # 691772 26-Sep-2012 16:19
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mattwnz: charged GST on imports valued far smaller than that. Plus you get charged other fees too I heard.



Briefly, if
(($Product + $Duty + $Shipping) * 0.15) + $Duty > $60
then they will collect.

But if they collect, they also add on a clearance fee of $38.07

The customs page provides good examples:
http://www.customs.govt.nz/features/charges/fees/Pages/default.aspx

Edit: Missed a +




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  # 691774 26-Sep-2012 16:21
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mattwnz:
ubergeeknz: If Customs pick it up at the border and value is over $500NZD (IIRC) then they'll charge you the GST. ?Otherwise, you don't have to pay it.


I don't think that is entirely correct. Fair Go had a story about this and it may depend on the item, but people can get charged GST on imports valued far smaller than that. Plus you get charged other fees too I heard. Apparently it is quite a complex calculation to work it out as to where you will have to pay duty and gst.


Yup, I saw that story on Fair Go too.  Basically they said that the $400 limit that many people quote isn't correct, it's a bit of an urban myth.  In reality it depends on what the imported item is, eg motor parts have 0 duty but shoes have 10%.  It's all spelt our on the Customs website but the Fair Go people found it all very confusing.

Here's the Fair Go story that explains it all: http://tvnz.co.nz/fair-go/confusion-over-online-customs-charges-video-5013207

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  # 691793 26-Sep-2012 16:35
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sleemanj:
mattwnz: charged GST on imports valued far smaller than that. Plus you get charged other fees too I heard.



Briefly, if
? ($Product + $Duty + $Shipping) * 0.15 > $60
then they will collect.

But if they collect, they also add on a clearance fee of $38.07

The customs page provides good examples:
http://www.customs.govt.nz/features/charges/fees/Pages/default.aspx



Would have been good if fairgo had displayed that calculation, as it doesn't look too difficult.:)

 
 
 
 


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  # 691800 26-Sep-2012 16:43
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mattwnz: 

Would have been good if fairgo had displayed that calculation, as it doesn't look too difficult.:)


As long as they got it right, unlike me above :-)  

Better version....

  $GST = ( $Product + $Duty + $Shipping ) * 0.15 

  $Collect = $GST + $Duty

  if($Collect > 60) { get_our_money( $Collect + 38.07 ); }






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  # 691804 26-Sep-2012 16:47
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i contacted the website, and they promptly replied :

Thank you for contacting us.

Upon shipment, our company pays for the GST and Import/customs charges. Therefore when goods are delivered to our customers, they shall not pay for any extra fees.

The prices advertised on the website is all you will need to pay.

Please feel free to call our sales hotline to place an order.

What do you think of the above? is this possible ?? 

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  # 691805 26-Sep-2012 16:51
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sep11guy: 
What do you think of the above? is this possible ?? 


Yes it's possible that they do all the customs work for you.  It is unusual though.

You should be entitled to a GST invoice if they are doing it I think, since the prices therefore must include GST.






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  # 691808 26-Sep-2012 17:01
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sep11guy: i contacted the website, and they promptly replied :

Thank you for contacting us.

Upon shipment, our company pays for the GST and Import/customs charges. Therefore when goods are delivered to our customers, they shall not pay for any extra fees.

The prices advertised on the website is all you will need to pay.

Please feel free to call our sales hotline to place an order.

What do you think of the above? is this possible ?? 


Very unusual for a website to do this.  Means a lot of extra work for them!

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  # 691840 26-Sep-2012 17:48
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Are their Prices really that cheap??? For Example..

Onkyo TX-NR818

Their Price: $2114.32

You can buy one in Retail in NZ for a lot less than that!




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  # 691845 26-Sep-2012 18:07
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Well I don't know m not looking into music systems but the pricing for phones seem pretty good



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  # 695116 2-Oct-2012 20:14
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Thanks for that. I am also looking at a phone from there
particularly this one http://www.valuebasket.co.nz/en_NZ/Samsung-Galaxy-S-III-LTE-16GB-SIM-Free-/-Unlocked-%28Silver%29/mainproduct/view/11771-AA-SL

Does that mean I have to pay 150+38.07!!!
Also im keen to find out more about the reputation of this store. Has anyone bought anything from them? Are they genuine enough?

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  # 695196 2-Oct-2012 22:25
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iPhone 5 for 1499?

Even a 2012 base model 11" MacBook Air can be bought for cheaper if you ask the retailers

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