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516 Views 4 Replies Last post: Dec 7, 2017 7:52 AM by DavidWake RSS
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Dec 5, 2017 2:10 PM

dropshipping to UK

I am in the U.S. If a customer in the UK buys a book directly from my website, I know I can drop ship the book to his UK address, (and CreateSpace says it prints in the UK somewhere) but do I have to collect VAT taxes on it?

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1. Dec 5, 2017 4:29 PM in response to: luckylefty
Re: dropshipping to UK

If CreateSpace drop-ship it, they are responsible for all that complicated taxy nonsense.

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2. Dec 6, 2017 8:32 AM in response to: luckylefty
Re: dropshipping to UK

Paperback books are exempt from VAT, so even Createspace don't have to do anything.

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3. Dec 7, 2017 7:33 AM in response to: luckylefty
Re: dropshipping to UK

I may be wrong, but only if the customer (or you!) order the book from a European store does the book get printed in the UK or Poland. If you buy / dropship from CS, you say the horrendous USPS postage rate.

 

I think you'd do better to fulfill such orders by buying from The Book Depository, a UK firm which ships "free" worldwide at retail price or a dollar over.

 

Personally, ever since the Unabomber and Bin Laden did their dirty work, I no longer ship outside the country, since I am obliged to take the book to the post office five miles away (or give it to the mail carrier, which just isn't feasible).

 

Good luck! -- NJ

 

Notjohn's Guide to E-Book & Print Formatting: http://viewbook.at/notjohn

 

The blog: http://notjohnkdp.blogspot.com

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4. Dec 7, 2017 7:52 AM in response to: Notjohn
Re: dropshipping to UK

You are absolutely right, dropshipped to the UK is printed in the US.

 

I've done this.  You don't need to pay customs or VAT.

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