Massdrop center in Europe
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Living in Europe right now, i find it impossible to get anything shipped here without really big import duties and taxes adding up to a total that is just not worth it. For the past year or so, seems to be a new European directive (probably because of Chinese products) any shipment that enters Europe is subjected to new and really high taxes. As an example, i am interested to join the Sennheiser hd58x drop that ends in less than a day. The price is $149.99 but with the added taxes the total will be somewhat close to the retail price for the HD600 (which is close to $300.00). So, no go. My point is, aren't there enough European citizens that would benefit from the creation of a center in Europe so that products (at least those manufactured within Europe) can be shipped without added taxes? Are there enough people here that would want that? Is there something that can be done?
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Ariella322
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Jun 16, 2020
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Unbelievable that Sennheiser as a German company can't do anything about it. Krunker io
Jun 16, 2020
nicenemo
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May 25, 2020
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It does not feel right to buy German GMK manufactured keycaps and get them shipped twice over the Atlantic. I guess there must be a cleverer way to handle logistics, and skip some additional taxes.
May 25, 2020
balexandre
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Oct 29, 2019
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for anyone searching for EU products, try the search with only "(EU)" direct link: https://drop.com/search/(eu)/drops

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Oct 29, 2019
Duncan
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Mar 28, 2019
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Hey! We’re testing a new shipping method for all our folks in the European Union. It is a preliminary test to build towards offering a more hopefully permanent solution. Products and quantities are limited! Check out this talk post for more details: www.massdrop.com/talk/22344/massdrop-testing-local-shipping-in-european-union

@Willbox @Flemur @PascalAOMS @everyone else!
Mar 28, 2019
Flemur
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Mar 28, 2019
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That's really cool - I hope you have a lot of success with the experiment. I'm "unfortunately" in a situation where I have a suitable alternative to each of the items you started out with (Sennheiser x massdrop open dynamics, Audeze planars and Denon biocellulose semi-closed, and a big'ish schiit stack) - so it doesn't make much sense for me to support the experiment in its current form - but I'll let any friends know that you are running these drops ATM :) Thanks for listening! Oh and do some keyboard stuff for EU too ;)
Mar 28, 2019
Flemur
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Feb 5, 2019
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I just got my comment deleted twice by the "set username"-pop-up bugging out... So I'll make it short: Please do this, I'm sick of paying more than the product's value in fees..
Feb 5, 2019
Keth
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Feb 5, 2019
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Going to say the same things I say when the Canadians get upset. Distribution agreements, logistics, operating costs, regulatory compliance, warehousing, and cost benefit analysis. If it made financial sense for them to be a multinational corporation, I'm sure they would be. But it's not as simple as just opening up a warehouse and slapping shipping labels on boxes from an EU country.
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Feb 5, 2019
PascalAOMS
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Feb 5, 2019
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I'd like to see European warehouses as well. Unbelievable that Sennheiser as a German company can't do anything about it. Would buy so much stuff from Massdrop if it wasn't for import taxes.
Feb 5, 2019
Marlino
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Dec 5, 2018
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In which EU Country do you pay 150 USD sale tax and customs? Also in Sweden which still have one of highest sale tax it is till 100 Euro cheaper than the HD600.
Dec 5, 2018
Willbox
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Dec 5, 2018
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In Greece. The cost of this ($164.99), after adding 24% VAT , an additional standard 2.5% import tax, plus the amount of €20 (min) fee the post office charges, amounts to a minimum of around €213... and that is if it gets sent and imported by regular postal services.... If it does NOT, and it ends up sent by courier services that do not do importing themselves but give it to custom officers to do that, then there will be an additional €50 - €60 fee for the officer ... at least... So, do the math and the € to $ conversion: best case scenario €213, worse is €270+... And in my country the HD 600 costs €269,00...
Dec 5, 2018