Buying Openmoko GTA02 from Europe

Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller hns at
Thu Aug 23 08:27:30 CEST 2007

I am quite sure that there will be others who are longer in the business
(like to name one I know very well) to  
the GTA02 from within Europe.

But we must be aware that reselling needs some more margin for  
handling all these
duties, tax, repacking, shipping, insurance issues (there are a lot  
of people involved
who want to be paid for their services). So, the device will  
certainly cost more than
450 USD + shipment.

But you get all issues solved. And there will be warranty. And more  
for payment (e.g. Credit Card or bank transfer). And someone to  
directly talk to.

Am 22.08.2007 um 21:19 schrieb David Pottage:

> Jean-Eric Cuendet (ML) wrote:
>> Hi,
>> It seems that a big problem we have here in Europe to get Openmoko
>> devices is that the shiping costs are quite high: around 80-100USD !!
>> I've opened a website that will sell GTA02 devices when they are
>> available, to other Europe countries. I'll buy quantities of devices
>> from FIC and resell them from here, in Switzerland, middle of Europe.
> I am interested, but I am concerned about VAT and import duty  
> issues, as
> Switzerland is outside the European Union.
> I would feel much happier ordering from an importer inside the EU, as
> that way the importer would be responsible for sorting out and paying
> any import duties and taxes. The price I pay would include VAT at the
> prevailing rate in the importer's country. (So it would be better to
> ship from Belgium where it is low, rather than France where it is  
> high).
> Unfortunately I don't get any of those advantages if buy from a  
> retailer
> ouside the EU. I may save a small amount on shipping, but I would  
> still
> have the headache of paying those taxes myself, and the posibily of
> paying a lot more than I expect if the customs officers misclassify  
> the
> Neo 1973, or disagree with me on it's value.
>> Payment will be possible through Paypal or direct postal payment in
>> Switzerland. Shiping costs will be around 20-25EUR for countries in
>> Europe.
> I *HATE* paypal, so in any case, if you can find another way of
> receiving payments that would be good.
> Regards
> -- 
> David Pottage
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