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I am planning to buy a pair of 1964 ears v6. I am living in the UK. I understand that if I order directly from the official 1964 ears website, I will need to pay a handling fee and VAT when it arrive. Does anyone know how much this may be? Is it cheaper to find a dealer in the UK and order through them? Thanks.

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The Custom IEM Company is 1964 Ears' official UK dealer I believe. Going through them you'll have to pay a bit more compared to ordering directly from 1964 Ears (plus paying VAT and handling fee), but they handle the entire process from beginning to end plus they are also charged with the task of sending your pair back should you need a refit (which could cost quite an additional sum if you choose to order by your own). Also having a local presence always gives you that much needed peace of mind.

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The Custom IEM Company is 1964 Ears' official UK dealer I believe. Going through them you'll have to pay a bit more compared to ordering directly from 1964 Ears (plus paying VAT and handling fee), but they handle the entire process from beginning to end plus they are also charged with the task of sending your pair back should you need a refit (which could cost quite an additional sum if you choose to order by your own). Also having a local presence always gives you that much needed peace of mind.

The price of a 1964 v6 ordered directly from 1964 will be just under GBP 400. It is a lot cheaper than the price from Custom IEM Company (GBP 579). I am not sure how much the VAT and handling fee would be. I have done some research but cannot find an answer. If I need a refit, I can send it back through Royal Mail and it would be GBP 3.50 so this should not be a problem. Do you know how much the VAT and handling fee is or how they calculate it? Thanks a lot for your reply.

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The price of a 1964 v6 ordered directly from 1964 will be just under GBP 400. It is a lot cheaper than the price from Custom IEM Company (GBP 579). I am not sure how much the VAT and handling fee would be. I have done some research but cannot find an answer. If I need a refit, I can send it back through Royal Mail and it would be GBP 3.50 so this should not be a problem. Do you know how much the VAT and handling fee is or how they calculate it? Thanks a lot for your reply.

Handling fee should only be a small percentage of the total sum, but VAT could easily set you back 20% more of the total package cost (meaning both the item's value and the delivery cost). Adding those on top of what you have to pay and you can easily go over GBP 500, also don't forget you have to pay 1964 Ears some extra amount for shipping overseas. And let's be perfectly honest, you don't want to use an economy shipping service with no insurance to send such an item overseas in case you need a refit, which can further exacerbate the problem.

I suggest you use this tool to see the total amount you have to pay when importing goods from outside the EU to the UK: http://www.dutycalculator.com/new-import-duty-and-tax-calculation/
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Handling fee should only be a small percentage of the total sum, but VAT could easily set you back 20% more of the total package cost (meaning both the item's value and the delivery cost). Adding those on top of what you have to pay and you can easily go over GBP 500, also don't forget you have to pay 1964 Ears some extra amount for shipping overseas. And let's be perfectly honest, you don't want to use an economy shipping service with no insurance to send such an item overseas in case you need a refit, which can further exacerbate the problem.

I suggest you use this tool to see the total amount you have to pay when importing goods from outside the EU to the UK: http://www.dutycalculator.com/new-import-duty-and-tax-calculation/

Thanks a lot. I think I will contact the Custom IEM Company and see what they can offer me. I might even go for a demo session which is free:)

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Handling fee should only be a small percentage of the total sum, but VAT could easily set you back 20% more of the total package cost (meaning both the item's value and the delivery cost). Adding those on top of what you have to pay and you can easily go over GBP 500, also don't forget you have to pay 1964 Ears some extra amount for shipping overseas. And let's be perfectly honest, you don't want to use an economy shipping service with no insurance to send such an item overseas in case you need a refit, which can further exacerbate the problem.

I suggest you use this tool to see the total amount you have to pay when importing goods from outside the EU to the UK: http://www.dutycalculator.com/new-import-duty-and-tax-calculation/

Couldn't he have them shipped to a friendly Head-Fi member and have them ship the CIEM with adjusted information? (Insure for full amount, but adjust value listed)

 

I know there are some here who have gone that route - saves a bunch of money.

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Couldn't he have them shipped to a friendly Head-Fi member and have them ship the CIEM with adjusted information? (Insure for full amount, but adjust value listed)

 

I know there are some here who have gone that route - saves a bunch of money.

He could, provided that he's willing to take the risk and knows a trustworthy head-fi fellow member in the States. IMO, I think the risk and the inconvenience are both too big to make that a viable option. Who'd take responsibility in case something happened between the moment the CIEMs are dispatched to the fellow member and the moment appleidappleid is supposed to receive them?

 

Not saying it's necessarily a bad idea, but I guess there's a pretty good reason why overseas brands want to have local distributors.


Edited by 3nenbgumi - 3/25/14 at 9:06am
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Couldn't he have them shipped to a friendly Head-Fi member and have them ship the CIEM with adjusted information? (Insure for full amount, but adjust value listed)

 

I know there are some here who have gone that route - saves a bunch of money.

Thanks a lot for your idea. However, I am a new member to Head-fi so I am not sure if I will use this method. Thanks a lot anyway.

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