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Old 08-26-05, 09:43 AM
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Amazon.co.uk question regarding currency conversion

I am a U.S. buyer.

If my Amazon.co.uk order total comes to 12.53, how much will I be charged in American dollars?



12.53 GBP United Kingdom Pounds = 22.6340 USD United States Dollars

...............................................OR...................................................

12.53 EUR Euro = 15.4349 USD United States Dollars
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Trick question?

Since it shows the price in , it will be converted from to USD.

12.53 GBP United Kingdom Pounds = 22.6340 USD United States Dollars

Just to be sure, the Euro symbol looks like this:

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About how much you posted, but probably not exactly. The credit card company will charge you what their exchange rate is. It's usually close to the actual exchange rate, but a little off so that they end up making a bit.
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doesn't amazon uk charge you VAT as well? which wouldn't apply to american customers
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Originally Posted by pilot
doesn't amazon uk charge you VAT as well? which wouldn't apply to american customers
See, this is what I want to know. Are there any American buyers here who can simply tell me what a 12.53 purchase will translate into what I'll be charged by my credit card? (minus any conversion rate my CC may charge)
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The listed price on amazon before they show you your total at checkout, includes VAT. Once amazon knows your not in Europe, they take the VAT off the price, which is reflected once you place your order.
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If you register, and then place the item in your cart, when you go to checkout, it will show up without VAT if your shipping address is in an area where VAT doesn't apply..

I believe VAT is 17.5%, so you can basically deduct that from the posted price, and then convert to USD.

Using your example, 12.53 will be approx 10.66 * 1.8 = $19.19
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Thank you.
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I order a ton of stuff from Amazon.co.uk

Generally the subtracted VAT is equal to what they charge you for shipping. So you usually end up paying the listed price, but it includes shipping essentially.

The exchange rate has been so bad lately (Thanks GW!) that your purchase will be roughly $20-25.
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The exchange rate has been a tad better recently (thanks London bombers!). I remember when it was like 1.56 on the pound, but I don't think it will be that low again for a while.

And you do not pay VAT.

Whenever I see a price on amazon.co.uk, I just double it in my mind for the US conversion. It always turns out to be a tad cheaper, but it's nearly double. Even still, you can find good prices on there if you shop right.

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