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Post by Get Off My Cloud on Jan 14, 2017 8:55:28 GMT
Thanks ladies and gents in the meantime follow their advice when ordering and open a ticket on orders you place and also put a note in the special instructions box on the payment page requesting they declare a value of $17 or less and tell them why.
The message should get through eventually or they'll just get tired of having all these individual tickets and requests on orders lol.
I really can't grasp why they're making such a headache of a simple thing that doesn't involve any extra work or anything on their part.
Post by Get Off My Cloud on Jan 14, 2017 7:17:51 GMT
Okay so i started a thread on the FT forums and eventually got a staff member to reply with this.
Considering about the VAT issue or other the custom trouble, FastTech makes low declaration value on the package as a default, which is familiar to you guys.
DarthVape19 is quite right about this issue. If you have special request about the value declaration, you may create a support ticket or do live chat with us when you placed an order. We will arrange per your request.
We are willing to do what we can to prevent our dear customers from the painful VAT.
My reply is.
Why not just lower the default value from $20 which you currently declare on packages to $17?
That way the packages won't be liable for VAT by default and you won't have people sending you hundreds of support tickets or opening live chat sessions every time they place an order to avoid charges or even more to complain to you that they were hit with VAT charges.
You already use $20 as a default declared value how hard can it be to just change that number to $17 from now on by default?
You can save customers time and yours.
Now maybe i'm crazy but isn't it a whole lot more hassle for both the customer and FT staff to have to piss about opening and responding to hundreds of support tickets than to just change their default declared value automatically on all packages from $20 to $17?
It seems when this staff member said "We are willing to do what we can to prevent our dear customers from the painful VAT" they didn't actualy mean that because they replied with.
If other customers also agree with your idea, we will reflect it to the related department.
So if you have an FT account and don't want to bother with opening a support ticket every time you place an order please go reply to this thread and tell them to change the default declared value. You don't need to register a separate account to post just log in with your FT username/password.
Fortunately my packet at $20 came though no problem at all yesterday. Postman handed it over with a smile and not a hint of wanting my money. Even got a sticker applied to say Special Delivery. Clearly this is a random thing at the moment going by the replies on here.
Yeah given the volume of packages going through the system i imagine they are pulling out random ones to slap VAT on. I had two separate packages delivered the day after i got hit with VAT from FT and neither of those got charged.
But even so i don't want to be ordering from FT with even the possibility i'm going to be £11 extra out of pocket especially when the fix is so easy, just lower the amount declared.
Post by Get Off My Cloud on Jan 13, 2017 0:48:43 GMT
I told the annoying mug dealing with my FT ticket to tell his colleagues to put a value on UK parcels below £15 otherwise my days of shopping there are done as there's no saving to be had shopping there and i can get the items in the UK for the same price next day if i'm going to get hit with VAT and RM fees. I think this is related to the problem they have with converting prices from USD to GBP on there they don't seem to pay any attention to exchange rates. 12 months ago the $20 declaration they're using would be fine because the pound was stronger against the dollar.
The idiot can't seem to grasp that i'm not bothered about a refund i am highlighting an issue.
Post by Get Off My Cloud on Jan 11, 2017 12:06:15 GMT
Well i had two more parcels delivered this morning both were valued at $21ish on the declaration form and neither were slapped with VAT charge so looks like some random jobsworth just decided to be annoying.
As for FT, the order was split into two packages so when you submit a ticket it asks you to select which package you are enquiring about which i did. Their reply to me today was to ask which package i was enquiring about
Post by Get Off My Cloud on Jan 10, 2017 23:40:34 GMT
Try a 70/30 VG/PG ratio that should give you nice thick dense clouds and that tank should be able to keep up with wicking fine. There should be a wattage range etched somewhere on the side of the coil.
From what i found online the Q2 Core is rated for 55-65W i would start at 45W to break the coil in and increase it a little at a time until you hit your sweetspot.
The T8 is rated at 50-110W again start at the low end and work your way up until you hit a point that suits.
Aaaarghhhh nooooo Get Off My Cloud that's a pisser They'd clanked 20 dollars on the value of my last delivery so I was expecting it too but it sneaked through ok. They'd marked it as a replacement on the epacket sticker so this may have been why but it seems like it's more down to luck than anything else.
Yeah this was marked as replacement electronic parts too.
I sent a ticket to FT complaining about it so maybe they'll adjust the declarations.
It gets worse, the package only had a tank in it and the cost of the tank on FT is $17.82 with their MAP discount applied. If they had declared that value on the package i wouldn't have been liable for VAT. The total i paid with the VAT charge is about what i'd probably pay in the UK give or take a pound or so but it just defeats the purpose of ordering from China.
I sent a ticket to FT complaining about them not putting the right value in the declaration form, i'm not holding my breath on a refund but worth a try.
Post by Get Off My Cloud on Jan 10, 2017 12:45:06 GMT
Just had a parcel delivered from FT and HMRC slapped a VAT charge on it, not import duty, VAT. They hadn't opened the package so they must have just gone by the declared value on the package the declaration on the package was $19.10 which according to Google's currency exchange rate is £15.72. According to the HMRC website goods valued over £15 are liable for VAT.
You pay VAT on goods sent from non-European Union (EU) countries and EU special territories (eg the Canary Islands) if they’re:
gifts worth more than £39 other goods worth more than £15
Post by Get Off My Cloud on Jan 7, 2017 18:35:40 GMT
Seen a few of the US reviewers on Youtube reviewing these pod type devices lately. This one apparently has TC built in and low liquid detection, this one doesn't look like it has refillable pods but some of the other similar devices offer ready filled and refillable pods. I think these have their place, probably decent enough for someone looking to quit smoking not so good though for someone who wants to switch to vaping long term. You're going to limited by flavours for one with pods that can't be refilled, the pods and the batteries are propitiatory to each other too which makes sense for the manufacturer not for the consumer.
I'm probably in the minority but i actually like to see tobacco companies moving toward vaping tech, i'd much rather see them making vape devices than cigarettes. These companies aren't going to go away and to have them move from tobacco products to vape products to make money is only a good thing in my opinion.
The one thing i don't like is them using their massive wealth and influence to muscle independent manufacturers out of the market through lobbying for legislation. I would like to see them compete in a free market and honestly they could probably win without being devious b**tards. They have all the money in the world for R&D, they have manufacturing and distribution networks worldwide, to be honest they could easily price their competitors out of the market.
Oooh now that's cheap enough and they've agreed to issue me a refund from the boxer after I sent them a video of the fault but I don't know why I like the vGod one so much more. Probably because it's a bit different.
Dunno why i like the Minikin so much either lol Just something about it that i like, can't explain it i was the same with the IPV Mini v2 just one of those mods i always pick up to use. I still even use the IPV Mini's i have now and they're completely battered look like they have leprosy they have that much paint missing.