Anyway to import iPad to the UK?

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    Is there is anyway to import the WiFi version to the UK without having any contact in the US who could purchase it for me and have it shipped.
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    Hmm.. not that I know of.. Does Best Buy allow for international orders?
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    Best Buy is an American retailer without international operation or subsidiaries so I haven't any idea. I heard that electronic items are barred from international shipping form the US (I don't know if there is any truth to this), but if that's the case, how come American eBayers sell electronics and ship it overseas?
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    As far as I know certain technology items are forbidden from export to certain countries. But this pertains to commercial companies, not private individuals. A person on Ebay could probably sell you an iPad but the Customs in your country would require you to pay the appropriate duties and fees (which can be considerable depending on location and VAT.)

    All the best.
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    It should be possible to buy one from Best Buy's on-line store, or wait for Amazon to have it, but I checked and they do not ship overseas except to APOs. I suppose if you knew a soldier stationed there, they could get one for you, but you would need to know them pretty well. The big issue would probably be the VAT. That may be the main hangup to buying one.
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    You could do what i have done and i am from the UK.
    Register with a mail forwarding company, i used Bundlebox.com then use your credit or debit card and purchase from Apple.com. Don't forget to tell your bank that you are making the purchase online otherwise they will probably decline transaction as they might suspect fruad.

    Ship ipad to the bundle box address you are given when you register. When Bundle Box receive your order they e.mail you and you pay them to ship to the UK.

    My ipad should be delivered to me here in the UK 7/8 April.

    info here: Bundle Box - The smarter way to buy from the USA
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    ipad Order

    I know an other company do the same biz, but should be careful with the scammer , i am from Asia but lucky me i have friend in USA ;-)
    so no this kind of problem
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    OK. Thanks for that.

    By the way, how much did you pay for total shipping cost inclusive of import VAT?

    I am getting estimates of over £160.
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    What are you going to do for apps? DO you have a US credit card you could use for for your account so you can shop the US itunes store? If not I don't see the point.
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    I have both UK and US itunes accounts so no problems purchasing apps, movies etc.
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    I bought 16Gb ipad and i think my bank charged me £350 with charges for buying in US Dollars. Bundle box will charge £120 approx for vat (that has to be paid and shipping in 3 days.
    I know it is a little expensive but i really want an ipad and the extra expense is worth it.
    I have a feeling UK ipads will be delayed untill the US ipad orders have settled down. Once orders start shipping and people get their ipads i think more people will order in the US and Apple will look after them first.

    Good luck
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    1) I am trying to buy the 16GB WiFi version and the iPad dock together. Will these be sent as a single package because they have different ship by date? I don't want to incur two different postal charges. If not sure, I will just order the iPad.

    2) On the items cart page, do I have to enter the ZIP? This usually adds to the total price. Or do I simply leave the zip out since it needs to be entered on the address form page (the next page).

    3) What is the area code and primary phone number. The full number I am getting from Bundle Box is 502-961-9303

    When I enter the area code, which bit of the phone number above is the area code and do I leave out the dashes when I enter the numbers?

    4) Also, do I tick the box where it says 'this is a business address'?

    I'll await your response before I order it.

    By the way, how much do you reckon the iPad is likely to be priced in the UK? I read somewhere they will directly swap dollars for pounds, so the 16GB version will cost £500 since it is costing $500 in the US rather than the equivalent in currency conversion.

    Thanks
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    I put the billing address the same as the billing address. You must tell your bank you are making the transaction or they will decline it when you submit bill.
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    Best Buy is in Canada too. There are two stores in a 20 mile radius from where I live. I don't even know that they'd sell the iPad but anyway I'm sure that they'd honor an Apple request not to sell iPads before Canadian Apple stores anyway...

    I think it's time for you to plan a trip in the States. And pay cash!:p
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