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    Hi,
    I live in Finland and got used to ordering ukes for my students from a couple of British ukulele shops. Now, after Brexit, the costs have risen up quite a lot so I am asking where in EU to look for ukuleles.

    So far I know of https://gute-ukulele.de which is reliable but they have sold out most of the ukes I'm looking for at the moment.
    Ukeshop Barcelona https://ukeshopbcn.com is also a great place but where else should I look for good deals on solid wood ukuleles?

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    Gute Ukulele is my go-to store as well after Brexit. Uke Surfer Shop is another German uke shop that's supposedly good but I haven't ordered from them, at least not yet. They are on the expensive side however, but they're also the only shop in mainland Europe who's a Kamaka dealer. I've heard good things about Ukeshop Barcelona as well but you'd have to separately contact them for shipping info if you order outside of Spain or Portugal so that's a bit of a pain.

    Even though the UK isn't in the EU anymore, World of Ukes still claims to only charge the listed price and Matt (the lovely fella who runs the place) deals with all the taxes and customs duties for you. I have one uke in delivery from him at this very moment so I can update on the buying experience when it arrives next week. I'll just say that if I don't need to hassle with customs at all then I consider that as incredible service. So far I've only paid for the uke and all messaging from DHL indicates that they will just deliver the uke to me. So far so good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dohle View Post
    Even though the UK isn't in the EU anymore, World of Ukes still claims to only charge the listed price and Matt (the lovely fella who runs the place) deals with all the taxes and customs duties for you. I have one uke in delivery from him at this very moment so I can update on the buying experience when it arrives next week. I'll just say that if I don't need to hassle with customs at all then I consider that as incredible service. So far I've only paid for the uke and all messaging from DHL indicates that they will just deliver the uke to me. So far so good.
    Thanks Dohle, that sounds amazing. Let me (and us) know how the delivery from Matt turns out. If he really pays for the taxes and customs for you it means that his profit has to be very small and your discount quite big?
    And thanks for the Uke Surfer Shop -link as well. Never heard of them before. Kiitos kovasti.

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    The tax will be charged by the shipper on behalf of your country so unless World of Ukes pays you back afterwards then I don't see how it would work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Counter View Post
    The tax will be charged by the shipper on behalf of your country so unless World of Ukes pays you back afterwards then I don't see how it would work.
    I didn't explain it completely thoroughly. Since anyone in the EU pays the price listed on World of Ukes, that price then includes the amount for the UK VAT which is 20%. Now, since Matt/World of Ukes is exporting the uke he doesn't really have to pay UK VAT, so instead he puts that 20% to covering the cost of the customs duty and VAT of the country where he is shipping the uke to. Unfortunately for him, some EU countries have higher VAT than 20%, plus he also has to pay the customs duty which luckily is only 3% where I live (probably EU wide). So essentially, he's taking a small hit on his profit margin while making sure the ease of service for EU customers stays the same bar some delays in shipping caused by Brexit. Again, if all goes smoothly I'd say that is phenomenal service from Matt. I'll report back how it goes next week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dohle View Post
    I didn't explain it completely thoroughly. Since anyone in the EU pays the price listed on World of Ukes, that price then includes the amount for the UK VAT which is 20%. Now, since Matt/World of Ukes is exporting the uke he doesn't really have to pay UK VAT, so instead he puts that 20% to covering the cost of the customs duty and VAT of the country where he is shipping the uke to. Unfortunately for him, some EU countries have higher VAT than 20%, plus he also has to pay the customs duty which luckily is only 3% where I live (probably EU wide). So essentially, he's taking a small hit on his profit margin while making sure the ease of service for EU customers stays the same bar some delays in shipping caused by Brexit. Again, if all goes smoothly I'd say that is phenomenal service from Matt. I'll report back how it goes next week.
    Sounds complicated.
    The thing with import and VAT is that one thing is the money, another is the fee you pay to be allowed to pay the duties, and the merch getting stuck in customs untill you do. For them to pay the duties, they would need to ship to an EU office, pay the duties and shop forward.

    Anyway, good to know that they don't charge UK VAT on exports, double VAT would be a pain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UkingViking View Post
    Sounds complicated.
    The thing with import and VAT is that one thing is the money, another is the fee you pay to be allowed to pay the duties, and the merch getting stuck in customs untill you do. For them to pay the duties, they would need to ship to an EU office, pay the duties and shop forward.
    Well, I suppose literally DHL is paying the duties and VAT and just send a bill to the shop to cover their costs. I reckon handling all of that is much easier for a logistics company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dohle View Post
    Well, I suppose literally DHL is paying the duties and VAT and just send a bill to the shop to cover their costs. I reckon handling all of that is much easier for a logistics company.
    Oh, that makes sense.
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    Here is also a nice selection

    https://www.musikhaus-sedlmeyr.de

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    uked.nl has a lot of APC ukuleles, Portuguese solid wood ukes.
    ukuleleplein.nl has mahilele, APC and lots of Flight ukes.
    ukulele.nl has lots of Mahalo, Lanikai, Korala, Alic, Hudson, APC, Kala, Kamoa, Ohana ukes and very nice booklets
    justescordes.fr in Brittany has Flea and Ashbury and great uke stands
    palmguitars.nl has antique ukes (including old Martins)
    galerie-casanova.com as well, in Paris
    musique83.com has Kok'io, mahilele, Korala, but seems to be low on stock
    Then there are some physical shops with no real webpresence, but I think these can keep you satisfied for some time

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