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Adri M van Zyl

Give overseas sellers a seperate page?

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Adri M van Zyl    10
Adri M van Zyl

Can't sellers from overseas be filed under another category than SA sellers? New buyers to BoB have had terrible experience with online buying, especially if they are not confident doing so, and ended up having to pay import tax etc.

 

Please?

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qball    10
qball

Unfortunately we won't be creating a separate page. Bidders must read the description and shipping options. Most overseas sellers do state that goods are imported or delivered from overseas, buyers just need to read... anything that is imported may attract import duties. This should ideally be listed on the listing, again, buyers need to read the sellers terms of sale and shipping options.

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Seven Veils Trading    10
Seven Veils Trading

Oversees sellers should be obliged to provide a mandatory warning that customs and import duties are not included. My own importing experience is that its possible to spend one rand getting through the Sars guantlett for every buck I spend sourcing goods overseas.

eBay sellers regularly provide this. I've also seen eBay sellers warning that they will not provide a fake invoice - ie lower than the declared value of the goods. This is fraud in the US - and here too - and can cause all kinds of trouble for the importer and exporter alike.

Maybe something along the lines of "Price of goods does not include customs duties and clearance charges. Buyer may be required to pay additional fees on goods at point of entry to South Africa." Or something along those lines.

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mrmouse    11
mrmouse

yes it is illegal to issue a fake invoice , sars has the ability to stop any item and check the recommended value is correct , if they deem it incorrect it will be stopped ,I sometimes bring in redundant spares from usa and have had problems before with pricing . before if a parcel was under R500. it would go through I now find any value gets a tax of a minimum of R30. for vat .and probably 10 out of 15 orders get opened and checked , even the specialist chairs we import from canada get opened and the boxes get checked .even as a registered VAT importer with permits goods still get checked , which I suppose is really a good thing , it prevents contraband .

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windrider    10
windrider

I had noticed it as well, everything has a minimum import duty of at least R30(used to be minimum R25 and only in some cases) even if the item cost was correctly indicated and was below even R100. Perhaps Limpopo province needs more BMWs :grin:

 

I also wouldn't like a separate international seller page. There is an option to define SA seller only. There are plenty of sellers that are based in SA but either dropship or use 'international couriers' with high shipping costs. Unfortunately, as a buyer you need to read very carefully. I think I studied the description for the first item I bought until I could recite it from memory.

Edited by windrider

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brad112    10
brad112

Yes customs charge a minimum R30 fee, then they charge and additional 14% VAT on the declared value. Should they decide to physicaly inspect the contents they then in addition to the above can charge customs duties on items based on their category, as far as I know anything up to 40%.

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windrider    10
windrider

And if I remember correctly, if it is declared as an item in a category that has an additional import duties on it(textiles are the first thing that comes to mind) be expected to pay through the proverbial nose.

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mrmouse    11
mrmouse

try bringing items in that dont have a customs code , you virtually have to buy a code and Watches ha!

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troymanq    10
troymanq

If not a seperate page...

 

it would be great to have the ability to filter out(to exclude) dropshippers/overseas sellers when browsing. trying to weed through all the R1-bargains only to find its the bait for the imported items really ruins the browsing experience for me on BoB.

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MsPlod    10
MsPlod
it would be great to have the ability to filter out(to exclude) dropshippers/overseas sellers when browsing. trying to weed through all the R1-bargains only to find its the bait for the imported items really ruins the browsing experience for me on BoB.

Dropshippers are impossible unfortunately - but use the South Africa filter when browsing - it does help.

 

Reminds me of the reason why I keep asking for a filter to block certain sellers from appearing on my screen.

Edited by qball

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MsPlod    10
MsPlod

Bwah hah hah hah!

 

Cuan actually edited out the reasons why I have repeatedly asked for certain sellers to be able to be blocked by discerning buyers.

 

C'mon Cuan! There are enough of us out here who understand and request the same thing...

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