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Re: Re: Trading across borders

I purchased my L band converter and power amp directly from Kuhne, ... the
savings over SSB USA were considerable!

----- Original Message -----
From: <G0MRF@aol.com>
To: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Sunday, May 27, 2001 10:31 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Trading across borders

> In a message dated 5/27/01 7:45:57 PM GMT Daylight Time,
> owner-AMSAT-BB-digest@AMSAT.Org writes:
> << Of course Kuhne expressly states that US sales are only through SSB
>  Electronics.  The shipping charge of 35DM which converts to $15.40 seems
>  low to me.  It cost me about $30 for UPS shipping from PA to AK!  What
>  it cost for the monetary exchange?
>  This really does not seem to me that SSB is out of line with its costs.
>  I'll bet it would cost an US individual more to buy directly from
Germany. >>
> Remember that European countries usually have a sales tax of 15 to 20% on
> goods supplied by medium to large companies. That % can be reclaimed by
> when the goods are exported out of Europe. As the goods travel across
> border the cost may increase slightly with the addition of an import duty
> sales tax.
> As an example, if I import any ham radio equipment with a value of greater
> than 25 dollars into the UK it has about 4% import duty and 17.5% Value
> Tax added. This makes trade from US to the UK an expensive business, but
> should be significantly better in the other direction as the price
> in Europe will be 15-20% higher than the same goods without European Value
> added tax. So the margin may be even larger than we think
> The cost of shipping will usually include insurance and that is very
> important. Here in the UK I can ship something of an equivalent weight by
> to the USA for about 6 dollars but if it goes missing  all I get is 10 x
> value of the stamps..and that is at the post offices discretion. In the
> you're trading cost with risk. The only problem is usually the company
> not give you a choice. I recently paid 40 dollars to ship a laser diode
> Austria to London. The same component sent as a letter without insurance
> would have cost 2 dollars......Ouch...
> Finally, my two tickets for Dayton were ordered in March for a total of 36
> dollars. For some reason they arrived by expensive courier at a cost to
> Hamvention organisers of 20 dollars.
> I would have been happy to collect at the door, but that was the policy.
> Monetary exchange costs on a credit card are quite low at apx 1.5 to 2%
> these can also have a last resort level of insurance on your purchase
> depending on the type of card.
> 73 es happy shopping
> David  G0MRF
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