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Bought item off Aliexpress. Charged 2$ upon delivery. Did I get scammed or is this standard?

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  1. BlackHatMon3yMaker

    BlackHatMon3yMaker Registered Member

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    Order some Bluetooth headphones for 6$ off Aliexpress. Delivered today, but they wouldn't give it to me without 2$ fee. So I paid them. Now I'm thinking they ripped me off. Outside of package says value=2$. Not sure who delivered it but last on the tracking info says '4px Singapore post on pro'

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  2. toml3030

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    If customs duties are due on deliveries from overseas, the post office won't release the item until it is paid. It is the buyer's responsibility to pay any such fees.
     
  3. BlackHatMon3yMaker

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    So are the fees normally a lot? How can you tell looking at the item online what the fees will be
     
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    You can't... it depends how much of an ass your post office is
     
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    Yes, they totally ripped you off on the extreme amount of $2 on the $6 shit piece of electronics you bought.
     
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  6. BlackHatMon3yMaker

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    Wtf, I've bought other things from China and no problems. A water pitcher and a battery flashlight device. Why didn't I have to pay for those? They were dhl. Is there a service that doesn't charge the delivery fees?
     
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    Because they slipped through. DHL charges fees in my country but if you buy cheap stuff they might not bother with the import fees. But you are suppose to, by law, pay import taxes on everything and they can take any fee they want since you have accepted their transporting service when ordering.
     
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    Customs duties apply in most countries on goods you buy in from abroad. Not sure where you are but most Revenue and Customs websites or Government websites in your country should tell you the fees. You can probably also find them on DHL, FEDEX etc websites.
     
  9. Bleght

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    There is no way the customs fee on a $2 item (that's the declared value on the package) would be 100% (another $2). Sounds like either the delivery people decided to charge you for something they shouldn't be able to. You pay all shipping costs on aliexpress and there should be no payment required on delivery. If the fees are custom taxes, they should have made the abundantly clear and you should be able to see that on the paper work. File a dispute on your order on aliexpress explaining the situation and see what explanation they are going to give you. Also complain to the company/post office that delivered the packege - there's a chance that the delivery guy decided to make two extra bucks from you.

    When ordering cheap items from china, always keep in mind that you might end up losing the money that you paid and without getting what you were hoping for, but my experience shows that filing a reasonable dispute usually results in a reasonable refund.

    But if you don't really have any paperwork from the delivery guy for the money you paid, you might just be out two dollars. It shouldn't be a big deal, but a scam is a scam no matter if it's about a penny or a million.
     
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    Sounds tome like you have been had. I would get in touch with a lawyer.
     
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    Well, be reminded that what you ordered is an electronics device. Customs usually charge high fees for those kind of items.
     
  12. xwolf00

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    What I understand from buying stuff from Ali is that if your item was shipped via DHL or FEDEX or UPS, the shipping company handles the customs fee, so you don't have to pay a penny on delivery. But if the item was shipped using one of those company that have to interface with your local post office (Ala Singapore Mail) then you'll have to pay an applicable customs fee. Usually, customs duty is dependent on the price you paid for the goods, say for instance on your government site custom duty for the kind of item you purchased is listed at 10 percent then you'll have to pay 10 percent of the amount you paid for the item to your local post office guys. But the story changed when China Merchants learnt to declare price of an article on the shipping label way below the cost price to reduce import duty and make their goods more attractive. Customs caught up with their trick, now they no longer rely on the amount declared by China Merchants but whatever they estimated as the price for the item. So the duty you pay to your local post office folks is dependent on how much of a douche bag they are. I have paid $2 for an item I purchased at $5 which the merchant declared as $0.5.
     
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    Probably slipped through customs... most countries have taxes on items from china. Probably best to contact the post office to see if they were right to charge you.
     
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    Depends on the item. If you want to import raw steel from China, import duties are as high as 550% of the price of the steel.
     
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    Bluetooth headphones for 6$ ?? Can you give that link ? I want to buy if it's $6