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I want to purchase a pet food item from seller in the US (It's dirt cheap and so is the postage) I did buy the same item around 2 years ago or more, from another seller and it was confiscated by Customs. Do you think this purchase could be a risk of ending up same way? Im still very tempted to buy it.
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Re: Customs

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You know the phrase if at first you don't succeed, try, try, and try again?

That doesn't apply to customs.
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You already know the answer

 

It's never stopped you many times in the past though

 

Not sure why this is any different 

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Don't bother, customs have become more strict over the last few years.

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michelle, it won't be "dirt cheap" if customs spot this one and then look up your record (if they haven't got you tagged already)and see you're trying to import restricted goods again..............................they will almost certainly fine you for the second offence.

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I would think if your first purchase was seized by Customs it is almost certain that it will happen again.....and this time it will probably be accompanied by a hefty fine and possibly a court appearance as a repeat offender.

 

But by all means go ahead and try....if you don't believe the members here maybe you will believe the Customs Authorities,

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I can purchase same product from Amazon US and there is no problem. Depends sometimes on who's sending it, (packaging, labelling etc)I should ask the seller if they can guarantee it will get through customs, no harm in that.
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No seller should give a guarantee on that, Michelle

 

And what do they care if they do?

 

They'll have your money

 

 

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So this is a store rather than a 'regular' every day seller?

 

Very unfair to expect someone guarantee such a thing

 

The law is the law

 

And since you're going to go ahead and order, regardless of what anyone says, will you be demanding a refund when it is confiscated ?

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michellebartley wrote:
I can purchase same product from Amazon US and there is no problem. Depends sometimes on who's sending it, (packaging, labelling etc)I should ask the seller if they can guarantee it will get through customs, no harm in that.

That's like asking a random witness to guarantee that the cop you're committing a crime in front of won't arrest you. Sure, one witness here or there might take it upon themselves to break the law along with you, making it bit hard for the officer to catch you, but the thing is...

 

Making it a bit more difficult to be caught breaking the law doesn't actually make breaking the law ok. In fact, at the very least legally speaking, it's worse. 

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They are just a regular seller.
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Then they'll tell you what you want to hear, just to get your money IMO

 

It's all wrong Michelle.    Customs will have a red flag on you and the fine will be big.

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They have no say it what customs do. Why involve them when you know it is breaking the rules?

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Michelle, no point in asking the seller.

They don't know what customs will do especially in another country.

Sometimes I wonder if you are playing with us.

Just move on.

 

And like others have said you are setting yourself up for fines and court appearances.

Customs in Aus don't muck around.

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michellebartley wrote:
I want to purchase a pet food item from seller in the US (It's dirt cheap and so is the postage) I did buy the same item around 2 years ago or more, from another seller and it was confiscated by Customs. Do you think this purchase could be a risk of ending up same way? Im still very tempted to buy it.

michelle, I have one word for you . . . . . RESPECT.

 

It is time you showed some respect for the border controls we have (such as customs) and if the item you are thinking of buying was confiscated last time you tried to buy it then show some respect and do not try again.

 

If you do try again, I hope they catch you and throw the book at you.  Who knows, maybe some lurker on these boards has already notified customs of your flagrant disregard for Australian border controls.  One can live in hope.

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michellebartley wrote:
I want to purchase a pet food item from seller in the US (It's dirt cheap and so is the postage) I did buy the same item around 2 years ago or more, from another seller and it was confiscated by Customs. Do you think this purchase could be a risk of ending up same way? Im still very tempted to buy it.

Seriously?

No overseas seller would guarantee an item will get through our Customs unless they are experts and are up with the regulations. 

I think putting the onus on the seller is completely unreasonable.  Especially as YOU know that in all probability it won't get past Customs here.  It's plain silly to bring yourself to their attention by trying to import the same item you couldn't get two years ago.

It's not worth it!

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Kloo-sir -sales tell me the definitive meaning of respect. Pleeeeaassse......get off your high horse.......and remember its a long fall to the ground. I will mark as a solution to whoever I prefer on the boards.
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kopenhagen5 wrote:

 

Sometimes I wonder if you are playing with us.

 


One of the first replies I ever had from the OP was a threat to place a voodoo curse on me, so I don't wonder at all. Smiley Wink

 

I just answer for all those late-night googlers that might actually want an answer to the same (or similar) question. 

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michellebartley wrote:
Kloo-sir -sales tell me the definitive meaning of respect.

I feel that based on previous posting history I'd be wasting my time and efforts, so I won't bother.

 

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Michelle, this is what I'd do. You've already been caught at least once, but didn't get a fine or warning, so my guess is they think you're OK. They may even have put an exemption against your name. I'd be giving customs a call (you can google the number) and let them know that you had an item confiscated 2 years ago, but as you didn't get into trouble, you think you've been made exempt from the importation laws, but you want to check before the same item arrives again, just in case. If the item has already been posted, you could give them the tracking number so they can fast track it for you. Problem solved. That's what I'd do.