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Old 08.08.2019, 15:15
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I made a big mistake shipping to Germany...

So I have started to collect watches... reasonably cheap ones, I got a few nice swiss ones on ricardo but then I got interested by a "cool" seiko model (an automatic chronograph once smuggled into space apparently) and I won one on ebay, sent from florida.

But when it came to pay and ship, I thought I was being smart sending it to my German Packet Service address. I realize now I will have to pay 19% VAT possibly on top of the 7.7% after, plus the watch has been sitting now at Frankfurt customs since 4 days already

So tip to EFers, thinking before shipping
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Re: I made a big mistake shipping to Germany...

Cried wolf... watched arrived after a week in customs, green sticker on it, no extra charge but won't be doing that again as there are only horror stories on line about german customs (as I have been reading all week )
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Re: I made a big mistake shipping to Germany...

I learned this the hard way too, people from the US sometimes shipped to our german address, it was incredibly frustrating to have to drive to Waldshut to pick up a box of kids' clothes or something equally mundane.
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Re: I made a big mistake shipping to Germany...

You should post a picture of the watch.
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Re: I made a big mistake shipping to Germany...

Ok but I have to give it context... and it came from america so don't expect subdued
It is famous because this guy wore it into space...
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But is still not too pricey for an automatic even though it is more that 45 years old.
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Re: I made a big mistake shipping to Germany...

Nice watch. My son is also a collector.
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Re: I made a big mistake shipping to Germany...

I also collect old watches.. and actually have one of those.. unfortunately it's since stopped working.

I use to spend way too much time on eBay and had everything shipped into CH.. but usually from EU sellers.
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