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    Hi guys, I am thinking about buying a camera from ebay, but I am not sure about the tax and duties when they send the camera into Singapore:

    1, What should I do if I want to pay the import duty tax? Just attach the invoice on the package? What else should I prepare?

    2, How do I pay the tax? Shall I collect the camera by myself at somewhere in Singapore?

    3, Is it wise to ask the seller to mark the camera as "a gift"? Or ask the seller to write a lower price in the invoice?

    Hope someone can share some experience on it.

    Thanks !

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    Default Re: Some questions about buying cameras from ebay, please help !

    When your parcel arrives and Singpost determine that the item is taxable, they will notify you (usually with a service card). You can pay the tax at Singpost when you collect the item from them.

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    Default Re: Some questions about buying cameras from ebay, please help !

    as for no. 3, be warned, you are evading taxes.......

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    Thank you for your reply.

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    above $400 taxable. Ask Singpost pay on your behalf and deliver to you or to your nearest post office (with a service fee i think) OR go to ICA at Singpost Paya Lebar and pay. Usually they will thank you for paying tax.

    Depends on the camera... sometimes they are knowledgeable enough to know if this is 400 or beyond. You are required to show the receipt of your ebay transaction or some kind of document to proof the price at which you paid for your item. If is through ebay then you cannot alter the price even if the seller write as 'gift' on the parcel.

    Just pay la...heart pain but less worries...

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    I see, thank you!

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    What is it that you need to buy from Ebay? Usually after shipping and tax, there is very little diff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManWearPants
    What is it that you need to buy from Ebay? Usually after shipping and tax, there is very little diff.
    Furthermore you can't test before purchase. Want that eBay return policy? Must pay postage back. Hassle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by playhard View Post
    Furthermore you can't test before purchase. Want that eBay return policy? Must pay postage back. Hassle.
    if postage back can refund the tax or not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gundamseed84 View Post
    above $400 taxable. Ask Singpost pay on your behalf and deliver to you or to your nearest post office (with a service fee i think) OR go to ICA at Singpost Paya Lebar and pay. Usually they will thank you for paying tax.

    Depends on the camera... sometimes they are knowledgeable enough to know if this is 400 or beyond. You are required to show the receipt of your ebay transaction or some kind of document to proof the price at which you paid for your item. If is through ebay then you cannot alter the price even if the seller write as 'gift' on the parcel.

    Just pay la...heart pain but less worries...
    now is $600 liao. $400 is old one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oceanpriest View Post
    if postage back can refund the tax or not?

    lol don't think so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eleveninth

    now is $600 liao. $400 is old one.
    Since when? 3 mth ago still 400.

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    Quote Originally Posted by playhard View Post
    Since when? 3 mth ago still 400.
    is it?

    then i must be lucky eh. i ordered over 400 than never get taxed. lol

    wonder if it's randomly checked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by playhard

    Since when? 3 mth ago still 400.
    $600 is for travellers bringing goods into Singapore (more than 48 hours). This has been increased from $400 to $600 since 1 Apr 2012 following feb 12 budget...

    However for import of goods, eg buying from amazon or ebay, $400 still applies (no change)...check iras website.
    Last edited by trd2970; 14th August 2012 at 09:45 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eleveninth View Post
    now is $600 liao. $400 is old one.
    so confirm now is $600? new ruling ah? whew! i can order more films :x

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    Quote Originally Posted by trd2970 View Post
    $600 is for travellers bringing goods into Singapore (more than 48 hours). This has been increased from $400 to $600 since 1 Apr 2012 following feb 12 budget...

    However for import of goods, eg buying from amazon or ebay, $400 still applies (no change)...check iras website.
    ya i just saw also.

    but funny le i order more than 400 never get taxed. hahaha. so i assumed the 600 gst relief also applied to parcel

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    Quote Originally Posted by eleveninth View Post
    lol don't think so.
    Actually you can.. thats how import export works. You just have to keep the inbound tax receipt for later filing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eleveninth View Post
    ya i just saw also.

    but funny le i order more than 400 never get taxed. hahaha. so i assumed the 600 gst relief also applied to parcel
    still $400 -> Internet Purchases/Postal Parcels

    ya once twice I oso order slightly more than 400 and never get taxed, perhaps they cincai one

    anyway paypal exchange rate is damn high

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    Quote Originally Posted by oceanpriest View Post
    still $400 -> Internet Purchases/Postal Parcels

    ya once twice I oso order slightly more than 400 and never get taxed, perhaps they cincai one

    anyway paypal exchange rate is damn high
    actually i am consider very lucky also... i bought a Leica Summarit 50mm f1.5.... cost me $800+ usd but never kana gst also :x

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    Quote Originally Posted by oceanpriest View Post
    still $400 -> Internet Purchases/Postal Parcels

    ya once twice I oso order slightly more than 400 and never get taxed, perhaps they cincai one

    anyway paypal exchange rate is damn high
    check here Paypal fund - pls read

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