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#37694
Reaper minis interesting new policy for Europeans 4 Years, 5 Months ago  
Hi friends, I've read this on the Reaper minis news page:

"What does this mean for you?
Pay in your native currency.
No pesky conversion fees. You pay in euros, we collect in euros. No muss, no fuss.

Free shipping option
We're offering a free shipping option to anywhere in the world for orders over €35 and £35. Simple as that.

Free shipping to Canada
If you're in Canada, select USD, and you'll get a free shipping option at $25.

Mark your package as a gift!
No, we're not going to gift-wrap it for you, but we will declare it as a gift on customs and suppress the price information on the receipt for you."

www.reapermini.com/News

For Europeans, this can be an awesome gift, because the "Gift" issue that lots of online shops refuse to state can save us from douane taxes, and the free shiping is just awesome. By the way, the conversion from $ to € is just fair, because they have not changed the currency with the same prize (making the product more expensive), but really they have applied some conversión (a little higher, but only a little, it seems quite fair for me).

Hope it helps somebody.

Greetings,
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#37695
Reaper minis interesting new policy for Europeans 4 Years, 5 Months ago  
Wow, blatantly advertising that they will break international law by lying about the item being a gift is very risky business !!!
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#37696
Reaper minis interesting new policy for Europeans 4 Years, 5 Months ago  
I agree - a very dangerous move. I would expect this from an anonymous seller in HongKong - but not from a respected company.

Yes - shipping and import duty really are a huge pain. But I don't think just declaring it a gift is a long term viable option.

And just so that people are aware - the person importing !! is responsible by law that stuff is properly declared. At least this is how I understood when I looked into the matter last time here in the UK to understand what is allowed and what isn't.

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#37697
Reaper minis interesting new policy for Europeans 4 Years, 5 Months ago  
Mmmm... I don't mean they are breaking any laws here... the way they put it it's a system to make "gifts" to anyone, so they don't become responsible if you buy from them and make it a "gift" to yourself. It's the buyers choice that can end up doing something illegal.

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#37698
Reaper minis interesting new policy for Europeans 4 Years, 5 Months ago  
The importer is responsible because the importer is within the jurisdiction of their country.

Even if they aren't committing a crime in the US, Reaper is publicly encouraging others to commit infractions of shipping regulations, which is neither ethical nor smart. I think a lot of countries' customs regulators might simply declare that no Reaper product can be declared as a gift.

And I don't think the importer has the option of declaring something a gift. I think the idea is that if someone from America (for example) buys something in America and ships it to a friend or relative in Germany (for example) as a gift, the recipient in Germany is not responsible for paying a fee to receive said gift. (I sent a car seat to Canada for a friend who was expecting -- she called me to ask why I incurred a fifty dollar fee they couldn't afford to get the package out of customs -- I sent them a check to clear the package.) The German friend/relative cannot order the same item from America, pay for it themselves, and declare it a gift (for themselves or anyone else in Germany) to get around the import fees. Otherwise, everything would be a gift!
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#37699
Reaper minis interesting new policy for Europeans 4 Years, 5 Months ago  
You know, in fact you are totally right Jack, but here it's a little weird because if, imagine, my grandpa in USA (fictional) makes by his own hands some escenography for me and send it to me as a gift (which it is), I would probably be charged too, surely the would stop the package in douane (they take in account size and weight), open it, and ask me (or my grandpa) to declare some value for it to charge me (they charge even for gifts above some certain value).

As you see, all the proccess is a little weird even in this side, there are some questionable procedures in all this douane policies... that I was only trying to be "devil's advocate" here for Reaper. I really thank their effort to save us some cash and (may be unintentionally) reveal all this thing as more questionable.

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