- Feb 4, 2014
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You are right about buying the onetime chips directly from Aliexpress (what I do also with ARC's for the Maxify) instead of passing via a reseller.My post was not meant as an exhaustive study of pricing. I gave a comparison of ink and chip costs based on Artur5's figures vs what I saw in a quick USA search on Google. Shipping, customs, VAT, tax - whatever - is a necessary calculation but independent of base cost of the supplies I presented. Maybe you can avoid your taxman and keep your costs lower using one supplier over the other.
For those in the EU it sounds like July is the month to do serious buying and avoid VAT. For Artur5, maybe a road trip in July both for vacation and to save on shipping is a consideration - two birds with one stone. Mrs. Artur5 might like this idea, too.
Still, why would you buy chips from mikling at a 50% upcharge when you can get them through Alibaba for $48 dollars less for a complete set? Are shipping/VAT/etc less coming from mikling than Alibaba?
This is about saving money without compromising further performance.
But you didn't get the VAT issue right. European customers indeed will pay VAT also on items under € 22, but this is minimal because of the much lower prices. Ali already anticipated with European hubs and warehouses.
For example: I bought first quality chipped USB-C PD cables for a few €, while webshops here charge € 20 or more, delivery in less than 2 weeks.
Most important, webshops can acquire a VAT license, so they can collect the VAT and pay to the authorities and ship without additional custom clearance. This should facilitate online commerce for all participants.
Maybe a well known reseller in Toronto would reconsider shipping abroad.