well as a german collector, I'm asking most
people I buy cels from if it's ok for them to
write a low value (around 40$) on the package and
send it as a gift.
Until now I never had a problem with it, of
course IF the package gets damaged lost or
anything else I always mention that I would take
responsibility because I wanted the package
shipped that way, and so it's only insured for
that amount of course.
But if you write the real value on it there's
much more excitement after my experience ^^
1) For people from Germany (like me) customs take
a high price. Often they don't know how to
declare cels, so they want 20% of the value, (I
think 14% is the right one), and that's getting
pretty expensive after some orders...
(well if they take 20% you can get your money of
course back, but that takes time...)
2) To check if really the things are in the
package as written on it, of course customs open
them. And well to cut a long horror story
short ... that was the time where I said to
myself from now on I ask the sellers to write a
low value on the packages so that they go through
the customs... - because if I want to damage a
cel, I can do that on my own...
3) Packages with low value arrive much faster.
Often over a week earlier!!! (custom here is
Further for example at Anime Taro you already can
choose online what value you want on the package,
that's really a nice service ^^.
I'm really glad most people understand this
problem, so a big "thank you" to all the nice
international sellers out there!!!