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Importing an RIF in current climate


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Hello,

Myself and a friend are planning on starting airsoft in the near future and have put some money aside for some gear. Quite like the wa system m4 GBB's like G&P and vipertech but  can not find any UK sellers that supply them and overseas sellers seem to be out of stock of just about everything! Don't mind buying a used setup but a bit worried about parts availability.

 After getting ukara if able to purchase from overseas how much of a whack is customs likely to stick on top of the purchase of a RIF? is it possible to buy wa replacement parts in uk?

Have also been looking at ghk's..

Thanks

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Yeah, unfortunately things are quite bad at the moment.

Eastern production having been affected by Covid for the last year and a bit, shipping disruptions and Brexit issues importing means that stock is very low everywhere and most European suppliers will not deliver to UK anymore.

 

You can order direct from Eastern retailers but shipping is expensive and long.

Same situation on parts.

 

Best option right now is find something you like in a UK retailer and make sure its from a well known make but many parts are also in short supply.

 

 

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As above, and take a look at the tales of woe here:

 


Theres a lot of grief that could be had when importing today, or it could sail through with no issues

 

Costwise if you spend up to £135 with an overseas retailer and if they go to the trouble of registering with HMRC then you pay UK VAT as part of the purchase with no additional charges on arrival 


Under £135 and if they don’t register with HMRC then it may get stopped for charges or may slip through 

 

Over £135 and you will owe 20% import VAT, potentially import duty as well and then a handling fee to the carrier it goes through on arrival.  Actual fees vary between companies and may be fixed or a percentage of the total.

 

Buy from a UK retailer and they are your point of contact to resolve any problems, plus you know what your paying with no surprise extras

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I have just received a Classic Army MP5A3 from Gunfire.com. 

 

Product value:£136.99 

Shipping costs:£20.73 

Total:£157.72 

 

Plus customs charges of £42.67

 

Cheaper than buying one in the UK, plus nobody has them in stock anyway. Gunfire has a minimum order value to the UK of £135 for the exact reasons stated above, they've stopped using UPS and moved over to GLS because they're less of a shower of shit. Shipment was prompt, the only real delay was in GLS telling Parcelforce what the customs value was so they could charge me.

 

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1 hour ago, Lozart said:

they've stopped using UPS and moved over to GLS

 

the holy grail gif | Tumblr

 

I do have to flag up "Not played yet, want GBBR" as a potential way to see another couple of GBBRs appear in the classifieds.

 

We usually recommend AEG -> gas pistol -> GBBR / HPA in about that order as you start sinking your kids' inheritance into this hobby.  Find out if you like it first playing in easy mode before switching to hard mode or buying premium gear.

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Got a notification that Taiwan Gun had CM.048Ms in stock.  Tried to order but no dice.  They are not shipping to the UK again.  Bollocks.  

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10 hours ago, Tactical Pith Helmet said:

Got a notification that Taiwan Gun had CM.048Ms in stock.  Tried to order but no dice.  They are not shipping to the UK again.  Bollocks.  

 

Are they still operating the genius strategy of not telling you that until right at the end of the order process?

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Of course not!

 

They merely allowed you to struggle completing the shipping option until I e-mailed them thinking it may be a tech issue...

 

Now it is 'improved' to telling you at the checkout again.  

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