I queried the "handling charge" on my last thinkgeek order and was told that it was
a charge levied by the airborne express customs clearing agent in dublin, for the
pain and suffering involved in holding up my order so that duty could be paid. I
found the agent really crappy to deal with and almost told them to stick it up
their arse but I needed my caffinated mints (half of which were consumed by a
colleagues 3 year old hyperactive son while visiting the office, said colleague
went from apologising about my mints being gobbled to the verge of tears as he
considered the effect of 7 cans of coke size doses of caffeine to a kid who isn't
allowed sugar or coloured sweets, i laughed a lot). I got the impression that these
guys normally deal with much bigger shipments and small order were to be
discouraged through massive overcharging.
Caolan McNamara wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 26, 2002 at 03:57:44 +0100, Liam Bedford wrote:
> > anyone want to get a petition going that we can send to thinkgeek to
> > request they stop using Airborne Express?
> > or, if someone can suggest where to do it, I should be able to get organised.
>> thinkgeek does point out that you may have to pay additional custom
> duties, vat and handling fees at http://www.thinkgeek.com/faq/#overseas> so they are probably aware that that sort of thing occurs, That said,
> I've also been stung by inordinate handling fees changed when purchasing
> from thinkgeek while in ireland, (not so when in germany), which quickly
> put a halt to any more purchases. I wonder what the competition to
> "airborne express" charges in ireland for this mysterious "handling
> charge", I think I would prefer the option of slow (untracked: loose at
> my own risk) normal postal service and just pay whatever duty/vat is
>> I'm sure that thinkgeek stuff was handled by the normal german
> postoffice in late 2000/early 2001. And there was certainly nary a
> problem with handling fees. Granted it was slow :-), but I wasn't in any
> Caolan McNamara | caolan at skynet.ie>http://www.skynet.ie/~caolan | +353 86 8161184
> I agree with what you say, but I will kill you if you say it again
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