Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Friendship Is Magic, UPS Is Not

You remember that t-shirt I told you guys I bought a while ago? I think it was on Boxing Day actually. Well anyway, that shirt turned up yesterday. Does this mean I'm now the proud owner of that shirt? Apparently it does not, thanks to the magic of UPS. They have my package, valued at a grand total of $25 dollars (remember I paid $40 for it though because of shipping) and are holding it until I produce £21 for them in VAT and taxes. That is $33.80. Overall I will have paid over twice the value of this shirt just to own this shirt. 

This was mostly due to an oversight on my part. The shirts are sold with tax excluded, which I guess isn't a big deal if you're shipping to America, but becomes one if you're shipping to the UK. While I have bought shirts, and even other clothes from Hong Kong and I've never run in to anything like this, I guess it means that they people I bought from took care of everything, and in this case the sellers did not. It doesn't really make the matter any less distressing or annoying however. I can't believe I was actually almost reduced to tears over it. 

I'm going to have to ask my dad to pay for it when it comes tomorrow, which sure won't be fun. To him it's not so much, but to me it's still a big deal to ask him to do it. I'll pay him back, sure, so he'll be better about it. 

Assuming I get the shirt, ever, I'll have to post a picture of it after all this. 

If I have to pay extra duty for my plushie I WILL just kill the UPS man and take it from his cold dead hands. 

In the end though my dad did agreed to pay the UPS man. When he saw what a good job I had done cleaning (more on that in the podcast tomorrow) he offered to buy me another game so I asked him for something I actually wanted. It wasn't even awkward to bring up because he brought it up, yay. It's confusing however because We Love Fine have two shipping options, UPS, and another one that costs 50 dollars less (that's right, sixty dollars for shipping O_O) so I would have picked that one, which confuses me as to why UPS brought my shirt. It seems this fee is a pretty normal thing, I'm lead to believe, which makes me much less hesitant to buy a shirt from there, but I'll probably end up doing it eventually. I'm just not really the kind of person to spend £40 on a t-shirt, no matter how much I want it. So everything has been worked out and everything will be paid for. 

Another update because the UPS man came just that early. I do in fact have the shirt, I'm even wearing it now, but pictures will have to wait for now. Despite everything I do love the shirt and it's pretty good quality (except for a mass of brown hair on the back O_o I'm not ruling out the possibility of that being mine somehow though) so yes, despite everything, I probably would buy another shirt from them. 

Just, when I have the money to pay taxes, as well as for the shirt. So I guess either when I have more personal money, mayhap through releasing a book, or when I feel like I really deserve something, which again will probably only come about when I release a book. 

14 comments:

  1. I have heard that the UK has got really tough on charging VAT on stuff bought overseas. It is a good thing you love it, especially as it cost you so much

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  2. At least you think it's good value for money...imagine buying it and then finding it not as good as expected...mood dampening me.
    And you have got to show us the plushie too!:)

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  3. That's pretty annoying that it's taken so long to come but at least by the end of your post it was here haha, looking forward to seeing the photos. I was considering going to WWE's shop this morning to see what shirts they have out since I've more free money right now but this is putting me off a little in all honesty, at least it arrived though.

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  4. Ugh, yeah, taxes screw everything over. I had to pay 'em once before as well, fucking lame. Especially when you only just hear about 'em at the doorstep. ):

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  5. i understand the tensions of asking for that money from your dad....been there man...sucks that this happened on the back end to you....

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  6. i dont know what to say, cause everything is very expensive, and we must pay all fees for 1 product.

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  7. I hate paying taxes for stuff that I buy. Like, isn't it good enough that I'm paying for the item?

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  8. It is your destiny to own that shirt. Just like with that guitar Wayne Campbell wanted in "Wayne's World."

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  9. I get stung now and again with purchases from America, extracts the urine!

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  10. Oh, wow. I kind of went through something loosely similar. I bough a $5 iPod Shuffle off some sketchy site, but when I finally purchased it, the shipping was $10 (not a big deal, but it's still twice the amount of the iPod itself). Well, turns out when I receive it, it's not an iPod at all. It doesn't even hold music, but it was my stupidity that brought it about, though.

    Anyway, yeah taxes are a real bummer. They're shipping thousands of items in one flight so you'd figure they'd be able to down the price a bit.

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  11. Ugh taxes. Quebec taxes are really high because it's two different taxes... :/ Makes me never want to shop LOL.

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  12. yeah... when is that official day to give up on the resolution. I think its febrauary 2nd. i wont give up though. I mite now make it but i'll still try. also, finally at a +. and yeah you should have posted a pic. it would make your post look longer...

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  13. hate taxes ;) :p
    anyways congrats for the shirt :)

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  14. That's really too bad that you had so much trouble with ordering something. I rarely get that problem and I order things all the time.

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