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Ι don't understand, they are made in Ireland but ship from the US?
I was thinking exactly the same thing ... This makes it a lot less interesting for EU residents to join a drop. I understand if it's being built in the US or China, but something built in the EU, transporting it first to the US and then back to the EU ...
It's just not ecological and on top of that it gets about 20 to 30 percent more expensive for us. I'd be more than willing to pay for shipping from Ireland to Belgium if it allowed me to not have to pay the additional taxes (12% import + 21% VAT).
@Massdrop, please set something up with Sennheiser for EU customers. Perhaps look into pricing with them and then set up a poll to see if it would be worth the effort ...
Yes. Ireland is to the right of the Atlantic. Massdrop is in America, which to the left. They left Ireland on a boat and were brought to Amerika, hence the fact that they were made on one side of the Atlantic but are being sold on the opposite site. It's arcane I know. >:P
The import tax to the EU is 0,5% (negligible) (NOT 12%)
You cannot avoid paying VAT, if it were sent from Ireland, you'd either pay Irish or Belgian VAT. The price would be $199+VAT
The freight might be lower, though at $15 it's hard to see how
Enviromentally it'd be obviously better and less (=no) hassle to get it through customs
It's Belgian import tax that's 12%, quite possible that some amount of it goes to the 0.5% of the EU. On top of that, just about every shipper I've already dealt with adds a hefty handling fee for the tax administration & upfront payment. In my experience VAT gets calculated on that as well ...