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Customs got me!!!!

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  1. seanz

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    Well it had to happen customs finally caught up with me. it seems they want $259.44 for my $30.00 tobacco
    so it looks like i am going to be bying NZ priced tobacco , its the missus who is not happy as she was liking the aromas from the aromatics i had been trying. i am a bit bummed but resigned to the fact that hey! thats what tobacco costs down here. so hopefully i can grow enough next year to have a bit of fun trying to make a good smoke.. But there is a silver lining. i am moving to the other end of the island so i will try and slip some more through to a new address. oh well enough of my semi gripe. onwards and upwards

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    Give me the weed, the fragrant weed, My wearied brain to calm; In a wreath of smoke, while I crack my joke, I'll find a healing balm.
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  2. rick777

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    Hear ya.

    I tried to slip an extra 25g past Canada customs, well, fortunately it only cost me an extra $27.
    This will teach me to exceed the 200g "tax/excise" free limit coming into Canada.

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  3. seanz

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    mate i wish we had a limit you could have, but here any tobacco incurs an import duty so even one cigar if found collects it.

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  4. rick777

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    Bummer.

    I am considering a trip to NZ for the Targa. (as crew, in october)
    I hope they don't nail us for all the cigars and tabac we will be hauling with us.
    We all smoke a lot, 7 guys times 5 cigars a day over 2 weeks. Plus extra to hand out to friends, thats well over 500 cubans plus who knows how much pipe tabac.

    Growing my own has been something I have always wanted to try, but our climate here makes for crappy pipe tobacco.

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  5. nathaniel

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    My goodness... that is a nightmare! Do you have to pay it all, or can you just tell 'em to trash it or send it back?

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  6. seanz

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    i just laughed and said send it back, no way i am paying that anmd then told them send it back..

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  7. seanz

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    [quote]I am considering a trip to NZ for the Targa. (as crew, in october)
    I hope they don't nail us for all the cigars and tabac we will be hauling with us.
    We all smoke a lot, 7 guys times 5 cigars a day over 2 weeks. Plus extra to hand out to friends, thats well over 500 cubans plus who knows how much pipe tabac.

    all i can see is be carefull they are gunning down here to be the first smoke free country. which is a bit of a laugh as we have a high per capitia of waccy bakky smokers..

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  8. sjpipesmoker

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    That's wild!!! 260 bucks.... Is there not any tobacco shops in NZ?

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  9. seanz

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    we have them but they dont stock much in the way of variety, nothing like you guys have and certainly no bulk buys. so its pretty much erinmore, borkum, and amphora. there is one i just found that stock macbaren and peterson when they get it..

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    Same problem across the ditch mate, I'd love to try and import some nice baccy but I know our customs will
    make it near impossible.

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  11. cortezattic

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    Absolutely deplorable! Sometimes I think we here in the U.S. don't appreciate how good we have it.
    Horror stories like this should make us all strengthen our resolve to fight unreasonable taxation.

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    as if I could kill time without injuring eternity. -- Thoreau
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  12. juozapas

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    Free Trade ?? ugh...??

    "If light travels faster than sound, is this why some people appear bright until you hear them speak?"
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    Ouch :(, a smoke free country hahaha, who are they trying to kid. It will never happen tobacco is the goverments biggest tax income, in the uk at least, anyway sad to hear of your plight seanz.

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    That sucks !
    I'd invite you to pack up and move to the Land of the Free, but I'm afraid by the time you got here we'll be in the same boat.

    -Ryan Alden
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  15. cyndi

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    Didn't the "Land of the Free" fight a war about excessive taxing about 250 years ago?

    The colonies had to pay 2% of their total income.

    I'd email you some tobacco if I could. We need a P2P torrent network for it.

    Someone ever tries to kill you, you try to kill 'em right back! Wife or no, you are no one's property to be tossed aside. You got the right same as anyone to live and try to kill people.
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    @seanz a question: Did the package come directly from the retailer? If so, not surprising customs picked up on it.

    Have you considered making the purchases indirectly (that is, through a friend in the States), or asking the seller to package them more discreetly?

    Social engineering via taxation is one doubly offensive characteristic of a nanny state.

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    yeah, what happens if you get care packages from friends in the states?

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    Pack it in soap dogs cant smell through that .

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  19. seanz

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    well i have thought about "care packages". but as the only persopn i know over your guys way is a crack head now i think i have to get freindly with some "good people" but that would be a good option .

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    [quote]I'd email you some tobacco if I could. We need a P2P torrent network for it.

    wouldnt that be a hoot

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  21. punkpiper

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    See, now I'm hoping the gift of night cap and frog morton on the bayou I'm being sent wont get nabbed by the dogs of the government.

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    little by little we subtly are having our God given rights to smoke or drink whatever the he(ll) we want, no matter what country or state. "lets (us) make this a drug, tobbaco, freedom free florida".
    who the f___ is us? a bunch of bathroom lurking politicians? get rid of "politicling" and just do your g-damn jobs. would have liked to say republicians lurking but that is just only common knowledge.
    crap, just make politicians oxoygen free and make every one happy.
    atleast bill clinton got his bj from a female and a cute brunette too! sound jealous dont i.
    restrooms for politician's complete with glory holes and recliners for all, except toilet paper, the dont use it anyway!! after all, that's their g-given right. who are we to judge.
    sorry for sounding political, just dont know what could have possibly come over me. my bad

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  23. taerin

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    Amen, they made it illegal to ship any tobacco in my state to cut down on people getting cigarettes across state lines (but they included pipes and cigars anyway), the closest good pipe tobacco shop is a couple hours away. Every retailer flat out ignored the law and shipped it anyway(thank God for good retailers), the only one who refused to do that was JustForHim. Not only did they make it illegal to ship from an outside state, they made it illegal to ship from a MD business to a MD residence... I believe they have by now repealed this law sucessfully, this law went into effect last year, but was never really enforced and my local politicians promised to re-instate the legal shipment of cigars and pipe tobacco saying that "they were not the intended targets of the law."

    I once spoke to a tobacco shop owner and mentioned that it was illegal to ship any of his tobaccos to any of his Maryland customers and he got very angry and said it simply was not right and he would do it anyway, I applaud him.

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  24. busyhands94

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    That's ridiculous, I thought we really had to pay too much here in California. Then again I'm a cigarette smoker as well, when I buy my brand (Natural American Spirit perique roll your own) it runs me about $12 a pouch. Despite being worth every penny I'd rather go back to the days where you could get 150 gram cans for the same price. Luckily I've got some American Spirit coupons so I'll be able to get a pouch for $1. Good deal!

    I had a friend who would ship tobacco to his friend in New York by taking the tobacco out of the can, then putting it into a Trader Joe's coffee can in a plastic bag, putting some beans over it in the unlikely event the package was opened prematurely, then he'd glue the foil seal over the lid. That way it would look like he's just shipping coffee but unknown to everyone else he was shipping tobacco. Course these politician scumbags are being sneaky and saying it's for the "good of the children" when they are really making adults who want to smoke pay ridiculous prices. They lie to us so we might as well return the favor.

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  25. lazydog

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    [i] no basis for this, but why do I get the feeling that Nancy Pelogrossy is one of our staunchest enemies. These idiots will not be stisfies until they have either taxed everything they can or outlawed the things they don't care for, all to feed their greedy trough or to throw money at the "disenfranchised" and get the majority of bums on gvnmt. checks so they have to continue to vote them to office. (short rant). So fill your tobacco coffers while you can, boys. I plan to order at least 2 lbs. a month while I still can. Whats next to feel the blade, coffee? Tea (again)? Chocolate? Screw em//

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  26. danno

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    Hmm. Finely chop and press the tobacco into flats and then you could fabricate cartons. Tobacco Cartons! Then you can cut into fold and stuff "flakes". Of course I'm kidding, but how much thought do you think some folks may have already put into this idea? (I basically thought about the smuggling that must be going on, and then took a tangent to Cheech and Chong, and the truck made of a a certain organic material)

    Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will go through life thinking it is stupid.
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    For people travelling to Australia from July the duty free allowance will be cut to only 50 grams, down from 250 grams. Though ordering tobacco online is all liable for duty no matter the amount, if you keep orders small you are rarely charged. Very few people smoke cigars or pipes in this country so the focus is on cigarette smokers, unfortunately for the few of us that do enjoy pipes we have no choice but to order online due to cost and no good tobacco available locally. All my orders have arrived without duty so far, and hope it stays that way.

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    I look at as dollar cost averaging, in Canada, they only charge 18% duty on tobacco and then 13% HST on top of that, even those prices are cheaper than buying here. Some mistakenly thing there is a duty free allowance for 250 grams, but that is only if you are out of the country 48 hours or more not on mail order. I spread my orders out and keep them around the $50 mark.

    If I get dinged with duty once out of every 5 or 10, I'm still way far ahead. My cellar so far has cost me about $200, if I paid prices up here it would have cost approx $1300.

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    I got dinged on my last order - it was 10 ounces and I guess that was a TAD too much (sorry). 8 ounces and under seem to slip through ok. So on my 10 ounces, I had to pay $66 in duty, fed tax, provincial tax, and provincial tobacco tax. And even at that, it was only 60% what it would have cost me locally IF it were even available!

    Cheers, Dallas
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    How was it shipped to you, just wondering? I find USPS gets through most often. I also try to keep the value to around $50 ( for that you can get a couple of pounds). I got six pounds on the way fingers crossed, What province are you in?

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  31. dhintonca

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    steyrshrek, I'm in BC, and it was USPS. Just luck, I guess, as all the other packages have come through fine.

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