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Jan 14
2021/1/14 20:55:07 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
We now have GST collection at source in NZ as I previously mentioned (and a $1,000 tax free threshold where it has not been collected). We used to have a $400 threshold, but if you went over there was a $57 collection charge + import duties (0-10%) + GST (15%). I basically only bought stuff that I would be sure was way under the threshold, because the difference of tipping just into the wrong side was a lot of money, mainly due to the collection charge. This is why I still have two Hobbits in the UK that the in-laws were going to deliver to me, then COVID happened....

I imagine most big sellers will end up collecting destination taxes at source for most countries in the future (as agreements get updated). Will increase the cost by a little, but will reduce admin charges, and everyone gets to pay their fair share to pay for their public services.
Jan 14 (edited)
2021/1/14 21:04:38 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Slightly Off Topic Stu, I read about a forthcoming translation of The Hobbit in maori. If it won't be available on Amazon here in Europe, I think you will have lot of "work" to do

(NZ is a special "first" for me, I bought my first 3 books by Tolkien in English in Wellington back in 2004: HoME IX, XI and XII.)

https://www.stuff.co.nz/pou-tiaki/te-r ... e-hobbit-into-te-reo-mori
Jan 14
2021/1/14 21:56:04 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Ugo Truffelli wrote:

Slightly Off Topic Stu, I read about a forthcoming translation of The Hobbit in maori. If it won't be available on Amazon here in Europe, I think you will have lot of "work" to do

(NZ is a special "first" for me, I bought my first 3 books by Tolkien in English in Wellington back in 2004: HoME IX, XI and XII.)


I hadn't read about the Te Reo Hobbit previously. Will be interesting to see how that comes along. I might get in touch with the translator for a chat, I think. I expect we can probably sort out getting signed copies or somesuch when the time comes for anyone who is interested.
Jan 14
2021/1/14 23:48:14 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Stu wrote:

I hadn't read about the Te Reo Hobbit previously. Will be interesting to see how that comes along. I might get in touch with the translator for a chat, I think. I expect we can probably sort out getting signed copies or somesuch when the time comes for anyone who is interested.

😜
Feb 4
2021/2/4 20:33:38 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Just a wee "good book story" for you all...

Recently sent a pile of books to the US from the UK for fellow TCG fellow. Used ParcelHero, who I'd never used before. They offer slightly lower prices for known couriers (UPS, DHL, etc) than the courier's own online sites; through whatever agreement they have and also the fact that they consolidate shipping. Price was £41 for 7.7kg of books; delivery was door-to-door; they did they customs declarations; and delivery time was four days. Pretty impressed.
Feb 5
2021/2/5 21:01:35 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Uhm, didn't Michael Everson aka Evertype already hint at this in 2019 in reaction to a tweet by James?

On Hobbit translations:

"In preparation: Māori, Gaelic, Scots, Breton, and maybe more..."

https://twitter.com/Evertype/status/1160272296260579331
Feb 22 (edited)
2021/2/22 12:11:36 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Hello everybody,
I'm in need of help as I'd like to bid on a UK ebay auction and the seller won't ship to Italy.
I need only a UK address to ship to, I'll obviously pay for both shipments (plus some more for your time) and could make use of services who collect the package from your house so you won't need to go to the PO.

Would anyone here be so kind to help me? Send me a PM in case.

Thanks in advance.
Max

EDIT: never mind, just found this: https://www.reship.com/services.html
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