Ok firstly this should probably go in Let off Steam but there is more people here. so I hope you don't mind listening to my rant.
I ordered 4 sample packs of invites from a company in the US.
2 @10.50 each were pocket fold invites invites, that included 2 envelopes. 3 inserts of various heights to create a tiered look and backing card for the inside of the invite,
and then i got 2 Printer test kits, includes same as above but a good few extra sheets of everything and these were $15.00 each.
so in total i spent €51.00 on them.
which is just under €35.00 this was fine i was happy out.
Customs charged me €31.37 for them.
That sounds like an awful lot, I don't know what the rate is, it varies depending on the goods, but it still sounds way too much.
Did a courier deliver or An Post as some times the couriers can charge from €5-€20 handleing charge for collecting the duty
OMG, unless you have a HUGE overall budget I think this is crazy. I'm sorry but if it is not your mum and FMIL, my experience is most people put the date on the calendar and chuck the invite in the bin. Of course you want them to look nice when people get them. But could you not use the money better on the wedding day itself? Like I said, I don't know your circumstances and perhaps you have a very large budget - in which case if you love the invites, go ahead.
I really don't think thats right. First off i think good under the value of 150 euro doesn't get customs charged on it!
Also I think the top amount is 30% of customs that will pay.
you should check the customs website see what it says rates are. i think it can just depend on who checks your parcel i ordered a bm and fg dress from states and didnt get charged any customs.
Girls im really annoyed now.
CBKaren I used UPS, very stupidly i now realise,
I rang customs yesterday. I was told that they can not place a value on paper items as it could be document etc which has no value so there is no charge on these unless a value has been declared.
She told me to get straight on to UPS as they were obviously ripping me off.
I rang UPS and was patched throught to one of there call centre, the person I spoke to had very broken english, So the conversations was short and angry.
He told me that I was charged because custom of tax on invites. he retracted this statement when I told him that I rang custom and they said there is no charge for paper good. He then proceeded to tell me that I was charged this because the samples were given a declared value of $150 by the card company on posting them.
BIG FAT LIE.
I checked my bill from UPS and the card company and the only declared amount on it, was my charge for the samples €51.00 and my charge from UPS €37.25
I went crazy at him ,and it got me nowhere
I hope you get it sorted out soon.
Thats mad money jezebelle for samples, maybe write a letter of complaint to ups as well.
Can i ask was it the diypapers.com u got them from,i think i seen a recent post of you recommending them,i had a look at the website and seen invites i love myself and was going to order but am wary now as for the customs prices,can you use a different courier company,and not hijacking but how were the samples would you recomend the company??
Customs is normally and at most a third of the total value.
I ordered my invites from Cardsandpockets, think it cost maybe €200 ish and customs was under €50 think it was something like €47 but I can't remember entirely even tho it was only a month ago