Community update: Regarding Neo FreeRunner pre-orders
marc.js.verwerft at gmail.com
Mon Feb 25 23:06:59 CET 2008
Well, I live in Belgium and I can assure you that sales tax here is 21
% as opposed to Germany's 16 % ...
A lot of people are just crossing the border to Aachen/Koln to find
'cheaper' computer hardware (pc, pda, phone, digital camera's, ...)
Is there any other sales tax you are referring to then?
On Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 10:48 PM, David Pottage
<david at electric-spoon.com> wrote:
> On Monday 25 February 2008, Michael Shiloh wrote:
> > Ivo Anjo wrote:
> > >> 3. When the phones reach the distribution centers in Europe and USA, we
> > >> will open the web store and begin taking orders.
> > >
> > > Does this mean that it will be possible to purchase openmoko from
> > > inside the EU, so there are no random customs taxes? That would be
> > > great!
> > Hi Ivo,
> > That is certainly our intention, which is why we have been trying to set
> > up distributors in as many places as possible.
> > The only one I know of so far is in Germany. Since that's in the EU,
> > that should work for you, right?
> It would work, but the rate of sales tax is fairly high in Germany. Under EU
> rules, Europeans can buy stuff from anywhere in the EU, and pay the sales tax
> rate prevalent in the country where the shop operates instead of the rate in
> their home country.
> If FIC setup a web shop in a European country with a low sales tax rate such
> as Belgum, Europeans buying Freerunner phones could save around 10% compared
> with buying from a German web shop.
> Having said that, it is not a huge cost, and having a web shop any where in
> Europe is a great improvement over importing from the Far East.
> David Pottage
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