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I've just been checking ebay.com rather than ebay.co.uk for motorbike gear, and realised I could make a substantial saving by getting it from the US rather than UK.

Anyone done this? Any pitfalls I should be aware of?

Last thing I got from abroad was a nintendo wii controller (from hong kong!) and that worked fine.

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Have bought luggage and accessories (crash bars, exhaust ect) from the States all been without any traumas. The import duty can be a bit hit and miss as far as the amount goes, I think the couriers make it up as they go.

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I bought a lid via the internet from the U.S. a couple of years ago. Got it posted to my home address and in due course it arrived in perfect condition with no extra to pay on it, saved myself a fortune! Even if I had to pay the tax it would've still been substantially cheaper!

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My aunt sends me stuff all the time from USA and I normally don’t have to pay any duty, but if you are unlucky it can be a bit steep!

We got our son some trainers they cost $100 thought we were getting a good deal until we had to pay import duty of £40.00. Would have cost nearly the same to get them in UK!

If you do buy from abroad ask the seller if they would mark the item as a gift less likely to have to pay import duty.

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someone said this on my cbt

the instructor said that if you buy from the US may not carry the correct kite mark for the uk

and some insurance companies will use it as an reason not to pay the full amount if hurt in a crash

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The exchange rate isn't in your favour at the moment. Still, there are some bargains to be had in the states on brand new, name brand biking gear. If you are going to buy a fair bit of gear (e.g., a leather suit + associated kit) you could probably break even including your flight by going in person and bringing it back in your luggage...

Hein Gericke is another option without the flight (reasonable price, good quality)!

If you are only interested in used bargains via Ebay - the VAT will kill any potential deal unless you get it given to you as a "gift"...

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