#1
hey guys/gals

Im gonna be buying a guitar very soon, and noticed the vast difference between prices here and overseas.

So im looking into buying from america or somewhere in the EU

I know about the possible import fees etc? works out as about 20% i think?

So im wondering if any of you guys have any experiences with importing?
and any recommened sites that ship to the uk?

I also have a friend living in the US, so i could order somethings to his house, and then get him to send them on? would this be better?


Thanks Guys and gals
#2
From US to UK you'll have shipping costs, 17.5% VAT and 3% import tax. If a friend ships it personally, and it's not in it's original box and you get away with classing it as "used" then you should be able to get away with the VAT.

As far as the EU goes it doesn't make a difference, US stuff will be expensive across the board, anything made in Europe won't be any cheaper.
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#3
I had a Danelectro 12-string imported from Germany (thomann.de) and got a better deal than i could buying one from the UK.
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#4
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I had a Danelectro 12-string imported from Germany (thomann.de) and got a better deal than i could buying one from the UK.

thats because the pound is strong.
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#5
Thomann are always cheap, I kind of forgot about them because buying from them doesn't technically class as importing as they're within the EU. They're often cheapest for a lot of stuff though simply due to the sheer volume of goods they shift, however they aren't always the best deal...I've often found stuff cheaper on GAK or Planet of Sound.
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#6
Im going to be getting an ibanez more than likely.
They seem more expensive on thomann :/ thanks though

any more experience guys?


Thanks
#9
Quote by welshkid
Im going to be getting an ibanez more than likely.
They seem more expensive on thomann :/ thanks though

any more experience guys?


Thanks

ibanez are more expensive on thomann for some reason, you can get them cheaper on turnkey or GAK.
Rig Winter 2017:

Fender Jazzmaster/Yamaha SG1000
Boss TU-3, DS-2, CS-3, EHX small stone, Danelectro delay
Laney VC30-112 with G12H30 speaker, or Session Rockette 30 for smaller gigs
Elixir Nanoweb 11-49 strings, Dunlop Jazz III XL picks
Shure SM57 mic in front of the amp
#10
yeah i dont quite understand that either :S
Im still undecided on what ibanez tho lol

come on guys, surely some more of you have imported?


thanks
#11
Anybody know any sites that ship to te uk?
so far i have music 123 and bananas.com


cheers
#12
For what its worth just buy one from UK, Play it in the shop. Get to feel the neck, hear the pick ups...feel the weight of the guitar etc.

I dont really belive in buying a "guitar" from the web.
#13
Ive imported a few guitars and a few amp heads from the states, everything ive ever bought new actually, sometimes i get stuck with charges and sometimes i dont. its a bit of a lottery man. If you do get stuck with charges its never devastating if youve got the extra cash, ive still always made a better deal than from buying in this rip-off country
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#15
whats the deal with ebay? do you still have to pay VAT and import charges? are there any other charges to watch out for? thanks james