International DVD Talk Intl. DVDs, Region Free Players, RCE, Hong Kong DVDs & More

DVD Collection Amazon UK: shipping?

Old 04-24-11, 10:08 PM
  #1  
New Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 3
DVD Collection Amazon UK: shipping?

I am planning on buying a box set of 36 DVDs from Amazon UK. I will be playing the PAL files on VLC player on my computer.

The questions I have are on shipping:

1. Will I be charged 36+2 pounds for shipping 36 DVDs? (per Amazon UK International Shipping rates to North America)

2. What about Custom Duty? What are your previous experiences with paying this? How is this paid?

3. What is the convenience fee charged by VISA / Mastercard for purchases less than $100?

Thanks so much for replying. This will be my first Amazon UK purchase!
bingroy is offline  
Old 04-25-11, 03:42 PM
  #2  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 1,597
Re: DVD Collection Amazon UK: shipping?

I'm pretty sure the charge is per item. I've ordered a few multi-disc sets and never gotten charged shipping per disc. On the other hand, I've never ordered anything like a 36 DVD set.
Preterite is offline  
Old 04-26-11, 01:25 AM
  #3  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
manicsounds's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Posts: 2,609
Re: DVD Collection Amazon UK: shipping?

easiest way to check is to put the item in your shopping cart, select your address, and then it will tell you the price for shipping.
manicsounds is offline  
Old 04-26-11, 06:49 AM
  #4  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Boston
Posts: 1,902
Re: DVD Collection Amazon UK: shipping?

They charge per item not per disc, they will also remove VAT (Value Added tax) if you are shipping to the US, which is usually almost the same price as the shipping.

I've never had to pay a customs duty on anything I've ordered from Amazon UK

It depends on your particular Visa/Mastercard company, but it's usually not any more than $1 or $2, if you have a charge at all. Amazon UK actually gives you the option to charge you in US $$ rather than pounds, which you can enable if you want to avoid fees from your credit card company.
Lastdaysofrain is offline  
Old 04-26-11, 08:20 PM
  #5  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Mid-Atlantic, USA
Posts: 862
Re: DVD Collection Amazon UK: shipping?

Most credit-card companies charge ~ 2-3% fee for currency exchange and/or foreign transaction.

Last I looked into it, Amazon.uk's USD price-conversion builds in the 2-3% surcharge (over the open market currency-exchange rate). On top of it, some credit-card companies (such as Citi and Chase) levy fee on foreign transactions even when the payment made is in USD, so the USD price-conversion feature is at best more of a convenience rather than money-saving tool.
cine is offline  
Old 04-27-11, 11:25 PM
  #6  
Senior Member
 
TerryW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 884
Re: DVD Collection Amazon UK: shipping?

Customs fees don't usually start until you reach the $200 mark.
TerryW is offline  
Old 04-28-11, 01:08 PM
  #7  
New Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 3
Re: DVD Collection Amazon UK: shipping?

Thank you everyone for replying and helping a noob out! The facts that (1) Customs fees will be none (2) shipping will be 3-12 bucks depending on the item are huge loads off my mind. Otherwise the whole cost structure would have changed!

I hope that the products get shipped right to my door without any bother! Thanks again!
bingroy is offline  
Old 04-29-11, 10:03 AM
  #8  
Senior Member
 
mythmaker18's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Kentucky, USA
Posts: 686
Re: DVD Collection Amazon UK: shipping?

Originally Posted by bingroy View Post
Thank you everyone for replying and helping a noob out! The facts that (1) Customs fees will be none (2) shipping will be 3-12 bucks depending on the item are huge loads off my mind. Otherwise the whole cost structure would have changed!
Also, the more items you order all at the same time, the less the per-item charges are. If you were to order, say, a dozen invidual DVD titles, the total shipping would be about 12-15 pound, or in the region of 1 pound per item.

So, I usually end up placing only a few orders with Amazon UK each year, but they're almost always 10 titles or more at a time.

Another helpful hint: on items you definitely want at some point, keep them in your cart in the "saved for later section." This way, each time you log into your account, you can keep track on whether the item's price has gotten higher or lower. I use this all the time to track huge price drops, and when titles get "low enough" for my taste, I move them to the "active" part of my basket. If the price of an item shoots way up, I movie it back down to the "save for later" section. When I get enough titles I want at--or below--what I'm willing to pay, I place my order.
mythmaker18 is offline  
Old 04-29-11, 01:20 PM
  #9  
New Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 3
Re: DVD Collection Amazon UK: shipping?

Thanks Much. I will do a consolidated order.

I am planning or putting in an order for a 36 disc box-set and another 12 disc box-set. Do you think that shipping charges will be lower (per item shipped) if I order them separately. I have been keeping track of the price and want to order the items when their prices are the least!

FYI, I have been tracking prices for Amazon items using camelcamelcamel website...
bingroy is offline  
Old 04-30-11, 02:43 PM
  #10  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Moooovieland
Posts: 278
Re: DVD Collection Amazon UK: shipping?

Use a Capital One credit card which usually eats the Visa conversion fee, or some other card which gives some sort of rewards that cover said fee.

As for the number of orders, it has been my experience to be charged 3 or 4 quid for the first item and only about 1 for the rest of the items in the same order. If you have multiple orders, you will then pay more for shipping. But I've never order a big collection of the type you're trying to get, so your experience may be different.
CritterYawn is offline  
Old 05-23-11, 10:41 AM
  #11  
Senior Member
 
mythmaker18's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Kentucky, USA
Posts: 686
Re: DVD Collection Amazon UK: shipping?

Originally Posted by bingroy View Post
Thanks Much. I will do a consolidated order.

I am planning or putting in an order for a 36 disc box-set and another 12 disc box-set. Do you think that shipping charges will be lower (per item shipped) if I order them separately.
One way to find out is to put them items in your cart together, and go through all stages of the order proces except for confirming the order. Once you get to this next-to-last stage, you will see the postage charges.

Then, take a note of the charges, and re-do the order, only this time, move one of your item to "save for later", go all the way to the next-to-last step again, write down that charge, and repeat the process again, but for the other item by itself.
mythmaker18 is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.