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Powerbook batteries

Message #1 - Posted 2005/01/13 - Tim Hodgson

Has anyone bought one recently, especially for a Pismo? I'm looking at the high-capacity NewerTech ones from OWC:

<http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/powerbook/batteries/>

- which even after shipping and tax (just VAT, right?) come out slightly cheaper than a standard-capacity one from Cancom.

Any thoughts?

TimH
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Message #2 - Posted 2005/01/13 - Peter Ceresole

Tim Hodgson wrote:

I'm looking at
the high-capacity NewerTech ones from OWC:

<http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/powerbook/batteries/>

- which even after shipping and tax (just VAT, right?) come out slightly cheaper than a standard-capacity one from Cancom.

Any thoughts?

Check that it's just VAT; on some electronic goods there's also some duty to pay, although there may not be on a battery, and remember that the VAT is charged on the cost *including shipping*.

But my immediate thought would be, OWC are all right; get one. --
Peter

Message #3 - Posted 2005/01/14 - Tim Hodgson

Peter Ceresole wrote:

Check that it's just VAT; on some electronic goods there's also some duty to pay, although there may not be on a battery, and remember that the VAT is charged on the cost *including shipping*.

Thanks Peter. I've just been googling on import duty and found a helpline number (Customs and Excise international advice line: 0208-929 0152) which might be worth a try; apparently there are around 10,000 categories of goods with different levels of duty...

And of course I did the obvious thing last - googling the froup - where I found (from Simon Gardner):

To get the tarrif classification number of any item [an EU-wide designation] you call 01702 366077. Then to find out the UK duty/VAT situation on that classification you call 08450 109000 opt 3.

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