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    Is this right?

    I've just bought a Scope from Australia second hand but mint and the fuckers at Customs are stinging me with GST. What The Fuck! I thought it was only brand spankin stuff you had to pay GST on. Is this right?

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    What's the value?

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    $600 Aussie

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    hi, i think if the $ amount is over nz $400.00 you have to pay g.s.t

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    Even if it's second hand? That's crap!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Normie View Post
    Even if it's second hand? That's crap!!
    My first thoughts were how does customs know its second hand?

    Just because of the packaging.....?

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    How did customs work out what the scope was worth Normie? Did it ship with an invoice even though it's second hand?

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    Yeah you're boned


    When I get secondhand optics I always ask the seller to way understate the value on the customs thing

    IE a Nightforce declared at $125

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    Quote Originally Posted by Normie View Post
    $600 Aussie
    Yup, you'll be paying GST alright, it's calculated that if the GST is more than $60 or the item is worth more than NZ$400 , they'll charge. If they think the price label is wrong, they'll use their own guidance - I think you'll find Customs have access to the interweb and have a fair idea of what the real prices of items are.

    Customs fact sheet is here.

    The downside to putting a false low price on it is if there's any damage to it, you will only be covered to that amount with the shipper. So if DHL drop your $1000 scope and the label on the box says it's only worth $100, that's the gamble you take.

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    It seems retarded that the government can take two bites of the pie. In this case both NZ and Aus got their slice. Stink.

    Also Kscot - what is the max $ that any shipping outfit will pay for any claim. I'm betting it's no where near what some of us pay for optics and stuff. I would take the under stated invoice value all day every day and in the off chance something does happen I would be making a claim with my insurance company. I have saved WAYYYYY more by avoiding GST then what my excess is.

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    I guess it's the challenge that happens every day : no-one really wants to pay the full price yet we want that price if something goes wrong. Insurance for example ! I wrote DHL as a wild example, but I can't see any company willing to pay more than the labelled price that's all. NZpost for example covers for up to only $250 unless there's specific coverage.

    But personally, if I'm going to hand over a fair amount of hard earned cash, I want to take whatever steps I can to protect that. Each to their own, there's no wrong method as I see it, it just means you go gulp, say bugger and move on. Or accept you have to pay extra on the price already paid a bit like why this thread exists.

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    Bugger. Seems I may have to sack up and pay the GST. The scope was insured for $650 Aussie through the shipping company I guess that is how they knew what GST to charge me. Even though I only payed $600 AUD for it. I will call customs tomorrow as it is a public holiday up here and explain it is second hand and see if that helps. If it does I will update this. Thanks for your help and suggestions guys.

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    Well I finally got hold of customs after 4 days of trying and the bastards are making me pay $171.27 GST. They even charge GST on the shipping I payed for it which was $58AUD to insure the item for it's value. I might try speak to someone in charge there and get them to clarify the rules. It doesn't seem right.

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    Info for anyone wanting to bring goods in

    E-commerce and GST (E-commerce and tax)

 

 

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