Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 29th Feb 2012 09:47 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems This morning, I experienced the nerd equivalent of a Black Friday $50 iPad sale. At 07:00 CET, the first batch of the much-anticipated Raspberry Pi went on sale, and while Raspberry Pi itself was very properly prepared, the two large international retailers actually selling the device weren't - despite warnings from Raspberry Pi about the enormous amount of traffic that would come their way, the two sites crumbled to dust within seconds. There's good news too - the cheaper model A has seen its RAM doubled at no additional cost.
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RE[3]: Only for companies?
by henderson101 on Wed 29th Feb 2012 11:11 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Only for companies?"
henderson101
Member since:
2006-05-30

I'm no expert, but I'd guess you possibly paid VAT (sales TAX) at 20% (current UK rate.) You might want to verify that, as you will potentially get stung again when importing this item unless you can prove you already paid Tax on it. You may also be able to claim the Tax back as a non EU resident.

(This is based on (35 * 1.20 == 42) .. might just be a coincidence of course.)

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RE[4]: Only for companies?
by Morgan on Wed 29th Feb 2012 11:16 in reply to "RE[3]: Only for companies?"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

According to my receipt there was no VAT, and my card hasn't been charged yet. The ~$42 I referred to was from looking up the current exchange rate and applying it to the price as quoted in GBP on the order page.

Once my card is charged I'm sure there will be a VAT amount on there too. I knew there was no way I'd get this thing for $35 anyway, but it's still an awesome deal!

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RE[5]: Only for companies?
by henderson101 on Wed 29th Feb 2012 15:02 in reply to "RE[4]: Only for companies?"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

UK sales generally include VAT unless they state that VAT is not included. It sort of makes more sense than the US system of adding tax at the point of sale, but it also then masks the inclusion.

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RE[4]: Only for companies?
by bhtooefr on Wed 29th Feb 2012 11:26 in reply to "RE[3]: Only for companies?"
bhtooefr Member since:
2009-02-19

There won't be any import duty unless the order's over US$3000.

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RE[5]: Only for companies?
by Morgan on Wed 29th Feb 2012 12:42 in reply to "RE[4]: Only for companies?"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Thank you for that information. I didn't think there would be any duties on my side of the fence as I've ordered computer parts from outside the U.S. hundreds of times without a single charge beyond standard shipping.

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