Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2003/08/22

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Subject: Re: [Leica] FS: Leica 75mm F1.4 M lens.
From: Nathan Wajsman <>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2003 06:53:16 +0200
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Just curious--why the VAT? There is no VAT on private sales between
individuals. And even if you are a dealer, the VAT seems high on a used item
(mint as it may be). When I lived in Switzerland (i.e. outside the EU) and I
bought a used item from a dealer within the EU, the VAT refund usually amounted
to only 5% or so, because on used items dealers only charge VAT on their
margin, not on the full price.


Ian Watts wrote:

> For sale: Leica 75mm F1.4 M Summilux. Genuinely indistinguishable from new.
> With case, and all original packaging and paperwork. Passport Warranty
> (which is fully transferable) valid until March 2005. Looking for 1099 UKP
> inc. insured shipping (UK & EU).*
> [*Buyers from outside the EU can buy at the VAT-free cost of 935 UKP but
> will have to add the cost of insured shipping].
> Ian Watts
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