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Old 27th May 2010, 13:12   #1 (permalink)
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Internet shopping question

Hello, I have a question about internet shopping, if anyone is aware how to do it in Turkey, please write me.
Currently I live in Turkey, however, I am not a citizen. I want to do the shopping on amazon. com as I know, it should first send to USA address of Parcel Forwarding Service to Turkey and after it will be sent to Turkey. Who do I contact for that? Which service can I use? I am new in Turkey, so I do not know much.
And is there any limit for the shopping? Do the customs charge me when it arrives?

I hope someone would answer. I am sorry if I did not open it at the proper place.

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Old 27th May 2010, 13:16   #2 (permalink)
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no worries coinslot you posted in the correct place as far as i'm concerned.

Just going to welcome you to the forum but afraid i can't answer your question as i don't live in Turkey but i'm sure some-one will.
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Old 27th May 2010, 13:32   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Internet shopping question

Hi there..and welcome to the forum.
i get parcels from all over..i get dress patterns from the US parcels from australia and books from Amazon too.
İ have a post box ..posta kutusu ...at the post office PTT it costs 3 lira for a year..and if there is anything too big for my box they leave a message that there is a parcel to pick up
İ think this is the best system.
İnternally Turkey has very good courier/cargo services ..for example if anybody sends me a packet from another part of Turkey they tell me which cargo office to pick up my packet and its generally there the next day.
İf i can give you further info just let me know.
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Old 27th May 2010, 14:58   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Internet shopping question

Thank you very much for your reply.

How can I open my post box?
I want to buy electronics on amazon. com this website sends electronics only in US and then it should be sent to Turkey as I know. Have you ever tried it?
How long does the parcel take to arrive?
Do I pay anything for customs? For example, if the cost for the cargo is 1000 $, do I have to pay any fees when it arrives?

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Re: Internet shopping question

I know many people use Amazon to have books delivered. I would be very wary of doing the same with electrical goods.

I would try to source the items in Turkey.
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Re: Internet shopping question

If the customs decide to open your cargo to check it then you will have to pay duty on it, sometimes it gets through sometimes it gets checked and you pay duty, so calculate the cost in with your cargo just in case!

I had a games console come through no problems, marked as present (which it was) but I was willing to pay the duty if they opened it. This came from the UK, though I take it the inbound duty is the same wherever it is coming from.

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Re: Internet shopping question

Hi Coinslot and welcome to the forum.

Firstly, I have not imported into Turkey but have imported from the US into the UK before so will tell you of my experiences.

Last year I used MyUS - The Leader In Package Forwarding to forward some goods, the service was first class but I think the fees are high unless you are making a big saving (not likely with today's exchange rates). Another forward shipper is Mail forwarding service & US address by MailForwarding.biz also Mail Forwarding of American Products for International Delivery not used either of them though. As a rule of thumb I would add about 30-40%% onto the US purchase price to cover postage and taxes.

Just a word of caution about buying electronics from Amazon.com, you might find that it has been designed for use in the US. You might want to consider using either Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.de instead, at least European voltages will be similar and German plugs should fit Turkish sockets.

Having said that both the uk and de sites have exclusions on posting to Turkey, as far as I can see they will only send books. You could of course seek out a European forwarding agent I am sure that they exist, I would also expect delivery charges to be less than from the US.

I know it might be a bit obvious but by far the best way is to ask a friend or family member to act on your behalf. The biggest benefit of this method is that they can check out the goods before forwarding them, also they may be able to act on your behalf in case you need to invoke a warranty claim.
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Re: Internet shopping question

I buy books and DVDs from Amazon UK with no problem. However I recently tried to order a secondhand book that was offered through Amazon by an American dealer but delivery to Turkey was refused. I understand that the same is true of electronic/electrical items to Turkey?
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