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Ouroboros Miniatures: Dragon Masters busts


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Yup. Mystery box was, in fact, Boobs McGee, the Dragontamer (Ciadrin? Ciadrin.). Mr. Thorne had some trouble getting the box away from the Postal Disservice; he had the slip, with my signature authorising him to pick it up, and they still almost refused to give it to him. *sigh*

 

Oh well. I have it, it's here. I need to check for parts, but.. it's here.

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20 hours ago, Gadgetman! said:

Mine arrived today.  

 

The busts are great, but I'm not that impressed with the shipping company you used.

 

No email with tracking code, and they lied about the value on the customs form.   

 

Hi,

Actually that is us! We try to put lower values there so that people don't get hit with high custom taxes.

 

Also, we send out tracking info at request. We wish the shipping company would send this info out once they put it into their system as that would help a lot. We've requested it a couple of times but so far we haven't had any luck getting them to do it.

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1 hour ago, The Gibbergeist said:

Actually that is us! We try to put lower values there so that people don't get hit with high custom taxes.

Not sure if you're aware or not, but while it seems like a favorable or "friendly" thing to do, in a lot of countries it can cause some serious repurcussions for backers...  It's generally considered tax evasion (or worse) by customs in most countries, and can result in fines, loss of product, or even criminal charges.  Or combinations of all three. 

 

A backer can also get in serious trouble if the customs agent goes deeper in their investigation, and finds either a full value receipt in the box, and/or uses Google to search for true values of the item(s) in the package. 

 

It also means that backers can be screwed over on insurance claims if there's a damaged or lost package (a package marked as being $20 value to "sneak past" customs will only be reimbursed as if it were a $20 package).  Even worse is sending it marked as a "gift" or "product sample", because that really gets customs to investigate you a lot faster as you get more packages over time. 

 

The safer (and much more legal, but costlier) way is to work with distributed shipping companies, as there are logistics in place in order to reduce the perceived effect of taxes (aka taxes wind up being "baked in" to the cost itself as part of the distribution agreement, and not tacked on as the package clears customs)  - these are usually marked as "EU Friendly" or "Canada Friendly" (etc) types of things, which backers love, even if it means paying a tad more up front. 

 

If you import goods, you should expect to pay taxes on such products...  At the value you paid for such things. 

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If I didn't think I could pay the tax, I wouldn't back it, either.

 

Some years ago the Norwegian post just returned a whole shipping container full of '$1 gift' packages from DX, a large Hong Kong store.   

That probably ruined Christmas for a lot of nerds...

 

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