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Old 3rd September 2007, 13:22   #1 (permalink)
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Taking LCD TV into Turkey

Apologies if this question has been asked and answered before, but can someone tell me what duty would be paid if a TV was brought into Turkey?

I was actually thinking of taking a 15'' LCD in as hand luggage (I doubt it would make it ok if I put it in a suitcase) but if I am going to have to pay tax on it, would it be worth the trouble?

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Old 3rd September 2007, 13:57   #2 (permalink)
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Earlier this rear I took a 19" flat screen TV in my main luggage - a hard shell suitcase. I wrapped it in bubblewrap and padded either side with T shirts etc. I also took a small DVD player in my hand luggage, and got it out as you do a laptop as I went through UK security. No problems, and no duty.
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Re: Taking LCD TV into Turkey

Put it in your suitcase and wrap a towel and various other padding round it. We once brought a complete Bose Hi Fi system back from USA and packed that in cases. No problems
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Earlier this rear I took a 19" flat screen TV in my main luggage - a hard shell suitcase. I wrapped it in bubblewrap and padded either side with T shirts etc. I also took a small DVD player in my hand luggage, and got it out as you do a laptop as I went through UK security. No problems, and no duty.
I did very similar, I brought a 5.1 surround sound in my luggage, I wrapped it up in towels and it arrived safely.
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It's still illegal to do that though and you would be stung heavily for tax if caught.
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It's still illegal to do that though and you would be stung heavily for tax if caught.
but whats the point? you can buy an lcd tv in Turkey

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You're right Thurstan and it would be my luck to get caught. I think they are much cheaper in UK though.
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Re: Taking LCD TV into Turkey

In 20 years of travelling to Turkey and arriving in many different airports I have never been asked to open my bags. Going out - yes, several times have been taken to a closed room with security staff who have gone through my dirty undies!

And yes they are much cheaper! As are DVD players.
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Re: Taking LCD TV into Turkey

I too have travelled many times to many airports and have only been stopped once. I was asked what was in a large package, it was a mirror and they were ok about that without asking me to open it. My point is though that importing electrical items into Turkey without paying tax is illegal and it's a bit unfair telling people who ask on this forum that it's ok when it isn't and they could be the one in a million who get caught.
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In 20 years of travelling to Turkey and arriving in many different airports I have never been asked to open my bags. Going out - yes, several times have been taken to a closed room with security staff who have gone through my dirty undies!

And yes they are much cheaper! As are DVD players.
I saw a dvd player in Migros for the equivalent of 40. havnt looked tor tv but I am sure they are available

One other consideration is warranty - what do you do if it breaks down? smuggle it back to uk?

no, for me its easier to buy it locally

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