My Twincast and Soundblaster are currently with Parcelforce in Coventry, "Awaiting presentation to customs commissioner." I haven't bought from HLJ in ages. Do they still do that annoying thing of filling in the customs label in dollars? I always got caught for customs more often when they used dollars rather than yen.
Buggeration. Â£30.92 on an order of Generations (plus a cheap Sonicron) from BBTS... at least it's split between myself and the mate I'm sharing it with. Also slightly upset to discover that the Â£13.50 Parcelforce fee is now no longer something you can legally challenge due to an act that came into being in October last year. >_<
The risk of CUTA has worked on me in that I rarely import items anymore (since around 2008). It hasn't contributed to me spending more within the UK economy more, however, as I only ever imported toys I could not get here!
I have Â£1000 worth of Beast Wars toys on the way from South Korea. The Korean boxes are gigantic and there are dozens of figures coming. There's no way customs can ignore them. I will bet good money that both packages will be stopped. My winnings will help me pay the fees.
"I used to think it was a terrible thing that life was so unfair. Then I thought, 'what if life were fair, and all of the terrible things that happen to us came because we really deserved them?' Now I take great comfort in the general unfairness and hostility of the universe." — Marcus Cole, Babylon 5 — A Late Delivery from Avalon