In the US; buying from British-based online stores?

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Catagory6
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by Catagory6

i'm looking at a Bora One tubular wheelset, and british-based stores have MUCH better pricing.
however there's one place that "stands out" quite a bit more than the others, with the initials P B K
reviews in the recent years are alarming, and i'm wondering if its worth the risk?

also, what kind of extra shipping/import charges might i be looking at with a purchase like this?

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I have two sets of Boras bought from different countries. One from Germany and it was shipped via a slower method and I paid zero duties. On the other set I found a better price from a U.K. outlet. The wheels got here in two days with DHL Express but I had to pay a 10% duty which is a lot on the Bora Ultra set. I do believe that duty is somehow tied to the shipper / shipping speed. The expensive shipping option collects duty for the government and they get a cut of the duty, much like the state tax credit the state gives to the sales tax collector here in the U.S. So if in doubt use the cheaper shipping option, of pick the retailer that uses the cheaper shipping option.


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by icantaffordcycling

Pro bike kit is legit. I have ordered stuff from them in the past.
Edit: I did not have to pay any customs or taxes when I ordered from them.
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by flying

I have bought two sets of Campy Zonda's from PBK as well as a few other orders for various things

Everything always ended fine but the shipping for the wheels in my case took a long time as it went
thru TrakPak who for some crazy reasons decided to change our city & zip code?
So we had to track it down ourselves & thru USPS have it diverted after to us.

price as you say is good & I agree but if you have a choice or it is close go with Chain Reaction for better safer shipping
As they use Royal Mail then USPS no problems

Both Merlin & PBK use TrakPak

About import duties I had none & I think you do not if under $800 I think?
PBK on their ship link say $800
https://www.probikekit.com/site-info/de ... ation.list
But you need to check

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by addictR1

yes under $800 you don't have to pay import duty.
https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail ... -exemption

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Purchased a set of Zondas from PBK and they came in a jiffy, well packaged and with no duties.
Road bike: Cervelo R3, Campagnolo Chorus/Record mix...
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by sfo423

Shipping with Fedex and UPS will get you a bill for duties. USPS and DHL have been good to me for no duty bill.

Shop wisely on >$800 purchases.

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icantaffordcycling wrote:
Fri May 31, 2019 1:04 am
Pro bike kit is legit. I have ordered stuff from them in the past.
Edit: I did not have to pay any customs or taxes when I ordered from them.
probike is charging Tax now if you live in the US ..
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Powerful Pete wrote:
Fri May 31, 2019 3:24 pm
Purchased a set of Zondas from PBK and they came in a jiffy, well packaged and with no duties.
But they charge you with state tax correct ? I just place an order today and I got charge with tax.
- 2018 Colnago V2-R TNMR - Campagnolo SR EPS - Lightweight Gen III - P2Max
- 2017 Colnago Concept CHDB - Campagnolo SR EPS - Bora One 50 - Deda Superzero - Stages
- 2015 Cipollini RB800 - Campagnolo Athena EPS - Bora One 35 - P2Max

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by flying

My last set of Zondas was $324.49 no tax or duties in US but that was December 2018

But, I just ordered a couple of baselayers last week & they did charge me tax

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State tax on international orders now? How do states enforce that?

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AJS914 wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:42 pm
State tax on international orders now? How do states enforce that?
I was surprise during check out my total includes NJ sale tax.
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by flying

AJS914 wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:42 pm
State tax on international orders now? How do states enforce that?
Could be this?

https://blog.taxjar.com/international-s ... s-tax-u-s/


PS: I just tested a pair of wheels & yes they now charge State tax rate
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nismosr wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:20 pm
Powerful Pete wrote:
Fri May 31, 2019 3:24 pm
Purchased a set of Zondas from PBK and they came in a jiffy, well packaged and with no duties.
But they charge you with state tax correct ? I just place an order today and I got charge with tax.
Hello there. No sales tax at all. Shipped to Virginia address. :noidea:
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Supercommuter: Jamis Renegade...
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