I belong to 2 scrap clubs and purchase from Noel’s ( see blog border) but lately, I have been running into problems with Swedi$h Cu$toms. I just received a letter that basically says that anything I import outside the EU is subject to tax and import fees. This is for both new and used merchandise. Applies to internet auctions or post order or something you won in a give away or gifted with a RAK.
“The “fee” is “between 0 and 20% and is calculated on the value of the item, including freight and transport insurance. For most items, tax is 25%. You can even count on paying other additional charges for administrative and handling fees. Bootleg and pirate copies of clothing, shoes, sunglasses, handbags, medicines and automotive and aircraft parts are forbidden to shop and or order into $weden with mail order.”
What. in. the. hell?
Where is the democracy in this? I refuse to pay one dime more than the taxes and duty I already pay. Contributions to my retirement account are made after taxes ( which is 33% bracket for nearly everyone).
I already pay between 20 and 40 dollars a year fee for shipping (over subscription price) for my Women’s Day, Somerset Studio, and XXL ( gotta feed the kid in me, lol!) I dropped all of my scrap and card mags and these will soon follow. I am getting a bind it all sent to me, a pair of UGGs and my hair is beginning to stand up on what the “import fees” will be.
I promissed The Hubbs that I would give it as long as we were living in America. That would be 13 years and I am exactly half way there.
I may not make it at this rate.