3rd March 2003, 10:14 PM
shipping issues for eBay items
Hi i find lots of nice equipments on eBay for sale but almost all of them are indicated to ship to US only. are they really meant to that? is there any way to extend that?
and also what's the normal shipping cost for a SLR camera from US to Singapore? any import tax applied?
thank you very much.
3rd March 2003, 10:24 PM
I have bought hundreds of items off ebay, and I realized that if you ask nicely, most will ship overseas even if they said US only. However, most are inexperienced in this and usually quote rates higher than the actual cost. It helps if you've bought stuff from the US previously so you can gauge how much it should really cost.
If they label the item as 'gift', I don't think there'll be any tax.
3rd March 2003, 10:35 PM
Try this website out for an estimate of how much it costs to have somthing shipped from US to Singapore. Take note that it is only an estimate, and shipping costs tends to vary from seller to seller.
If you have a good ebay record, and you pay via paypal, sellers sometimes tend to make the exception, but you must email them in advance for their agreement.
As for import tax, it only applies to anything that has a declared equivalent value of SGD400, and it is called GST. That is 4% for nothing. On the other hand, if the shipper does not declare the value, or declares it at a value of less than SGD400 equivalent (exchange rate is up to customs, not you), you pay nothing.
Also, you have to take into account insurance. If you do not buy any, and the item is lost in transit or is damaged, that will be your problem, not the seller. As such, if you get your purchase insured, and the value comes up to more than SGD400, you will have to pay that 4% GST.