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Swashbuckling Globetrotter

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PostSubject: Extra costs for overseas shipping?   Thu Jan 27, 2011 8:23 pm

I buy a lot of games from sellers in other countries, including AP members, and I have never had to pay anything beyond the price of the game and shipping.
Today I received a package from the US and I had to pay an extra 26 euro's!!

Does anyone know or understand why some (all but one so far) shippings don't come with extra costs and apparently others have very high hidden costs (tax and custom duties I assume).
Is there something the seller could have done to avoid this?
At the postoffice they said that all shippings from the US have these costs, but that's clearly not true.
If I send something abroad, does the receiving party also run the risk of having to pay that much extra?

I've become very hesistant now to buy something from international sellers.
Any ideas on this?
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Adventurer Extraordinaire

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PostSubject: Re: Extra costs for overseas shipping?   Thu Jan 27, 2011 8:39 pm

The only thing that I would guess is that the shipper didn't mark it as a gift and your Customs are possibly charging some type of Import fee or retail merchandise fee. Or the seller gave it a high value on the Customs forms. Just a guess but I have never had extra charges. Although this is purely my speculation.
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Daredevil Pioneer

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PostSubject: Re: Extra costs for overseas shipping?   Sun Jan 30, 2011 2:51 am

I echo what GreyFuss said. If the person doesn't mark the custom form that the contents of the package are a gift, there can be problems.
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