of the most exciting things about the
Internet is that it gives you access
to products from all over the world.
But before you go wild snapping up
what looks like an incredible bargain,
it’s important to take on board
the risk and costs involved in buying
of all, you need to make sure that
buying will actually work in this
country. Things like DVDs, computers
electrical goods often have different
standards and systems.
goes wrong with whatever you’ve
bought, will the guarantee be valid
in this country and is there
somewhere you can return it over
here rather than having to send
to where it came from?
fees are likely to be hefty.
are buying from outside the European
you will probably have
to pay customs duty and VAT on
top of the price you are paying for
goods. This is complicated and
there are serious penalties for not
up so if you are thinking of shopping
abroad it’s a good idea to
visit the HM
Revenue & Customs website to
find out more.
not always obvious that you are
buying from abroad so have
a good look around the site and
make sure you know where your goods
coming from and how much it’s
going to cost you.
It’s also worth noting that you
could find that you’re not
allowed to buy from some overseas
sites. For example, there are a lot
of American sites that will only
accept payment from a credit card
to someone living in America.