joan wrote:Inexpensive? eBay shipped from China. With their subsided postal system it's hard to beat for low cost orders. There's no tax to pay in the UK as long as the order is (I think the figure is correct, but haven't checked recently) less than 50 GBP. I suppose the tax situation in Scandanavia will depend on the country.
"If you buy goods online from outside the EU for delivery to the UK, you'll have to pay Customs Duty and Import VAT on top of the purchase price if the goods are above a certain value - though Customs Duty is waived if the amount of duty payable is £9 or less."
However that waiver seems to only be on the Customs Duty, not the VAT!
"All other goods
If you order or purchase goods other than alcohol, tobacco, perfume and toilet water from a country outside the EU then you have to pay:
Customs Duty on goods with a value that exceeds £135
import VAT on goods with a value that exceeds £15
Note that on all goods from outside the EU, Customs Duty is waived if the amount of duty calculated is £9 or under."