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buying a scope in the US

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by sirok, Jan 3, 2008.

  1. sirok

    sirok Guest

    I bought the Walther scope for the Gamo CFX and will ask a friend who will travel to the states in over a month to buy me a leupold scope....save me some funds I can buy something else with

    question is, will my friend be able to buy and bring through the airport a Leupold LR/T 8.5-25x50 without problems(customs both in the US or Europe), I've googled this but havent got anything concrete.

    I'm certain one of you guys has been across to pick up something considering how cheap it is and the strength of the pound...

    any ideas....anyone??
     
  2. Cove

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    Hi,
    I've bought a few Leupold and Bushnell scopes from the U.S by post-the best place was here:http://www.arcadian-sales.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=SFNT
    All the couriers that handled the scopes presented them to customs for duty evaluation so I would guess you'd be fine as it's not a prohibited item.However I'm guessing your mate may be charged duty if he declares it.He could always post it to you from within the U.S and mark it as a gift worth under $20 and it may slip under the radar.Even with duty charges it would still work out a damn sight cheaper than buying from within the U.K though ;).

    Chris.
     
  3. Buzz

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    Another way to sometimes beat the duty system is to bring something in as "secondhand". Unpack it, repack it in plain wrappers/boxes. Post yourself all the paperwork...receipts, instructions, guarantees etc, so you don't have them with you when you come back.

    I've sent for and brought back many items and it works out about 50/50 as to whether you get it through or not without duty, but if you have to pay duty on things expect to pay in £'s what you were charged in $'s i.e. if you bought it for $50, expect it to cost you £50 in total and you'll not be far off.
     
  4. sirok

    sirok Guest

    Thanks to both Cove and Buzz you for taking the time to reply to my question, I really appreciate it. I think you can spend hours trolling the internet to get a clear answer to your question but its always best to ask others who have done what you want to do.

    I found a shop in Luxembourg that sells the model above with the illuminated TMR for EUR 1,679, I have to go to them in person tomorrow to see whether I have to order it especially...just to see if it is possible or whether they hold it in stock....in comparison with US prices its very expensive though.

    in the US, I can get if for USD 1369 at cabelas and the website Cove gave me (thanks again for that puts it at USD 1,227).

    3 questions though Cove about ordering from that website.

    1. how long does it normally take for it to be delivered
    2. what sort of customs duties should I expect to pay, the current VAT rate in Luxembourg?
    3. its says the shipping is free, is that even for Europe?

    so either I go with the website you suggested Cove or I ask my friend to buy it, put it in his luggage and keep my fingers crossed, although I suspect everything that goes into the luggage compartment is thoroughly screened so I'm certain to have custom duties....

    although until I saw your posts I thought it was not possible to bring this type of scope out of the US as from what I read it is classified with an ECCN code of AO987 for optical scopes and so there were restrictions on items like the above model being bought and brought out of the States.

    I have the time to think about it, won't be getting the S410 until two months from now.;)
     
  5. Buzz

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    What ever you do, don't try to get your friend to "Smugggle" it out of the States OR into Luxembourg. With the anti-terrorist regulations as they are you'll have to be all above board with it or you risk at best loosing it by having it confiscated or at worst facing prosecution.
    It's a serious piece of kit and might well be treated as such if it's not declared.
    I hadn't realised we weren't talking about it coming into the UK, so as it's Luxembourg what I said before may be way off the maek as regards to the amount of duty and tax(because you do have to pay BOTH) to pay. The best thing to do is to contact your Customs Office and ask....but if it's anything like the UK they probably won't be able to tell you !!!!

    Deliveries from the States vary a lot depending on how it's transported and I believe the free delivery will only be to mainland US, but worth an ask...an e-mail costs nothing.

    I always work on the principal that if it sounds like a price that's too good to be true, then it probably is. LOL The Americans think they're hard done to, but they should try living in the EU !!!
     

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