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    Default off to Malaysia in 3 weeks 32gig iphone tax free?

    I am off to Malaysia in 3 weeks just wondering if I can get the 32gig 3GS iphone via duty free...any idea how much?

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    ker ching! You get to claim the GST back at the airport before you go. Keep the receipt.
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    No, you cannot buy them duty free.

    Best way is to buy one here, and when you leave, present your tax invoice and claim 10% GST back.
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    As it's over $1000, make sure Apple puts your name and address on the invoice, or else TRS may not give you back the GST - and make sure it is within 30 days of purchase and with you to present at the TRS desk.

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    hmm... do you have to have the iphone with you?

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    Yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antares View Post
    hmm... do you have to have the iphone with you?
    Yes - you have to present it to customs.

    For more information - TRS - frequently asked questions.

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    so let me get this right. I am an Aussie live in melbourne, i buy a iphone outright 4 days before i leave the country and can claim the tax back?
    I come back to melbourne 4 days later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amnesia View Post
    so let me get this right. I am an Aussie live in melbourne, i buy a iphone outright 4 days before i leave the country and can claim the tax back?
    I come back to melbourne 4 days later.
    Yup!

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    I am Malaysian / in Malaysia, and this is how I am asking a friend in Melb to help me get mine. She is travelling here soon too; in July.

    TRS, as well as her EPP privilege (employee purchase program, I think) should net me some good savings.

    I'd personally done the TRS too in Dec08 with the 3G from Adelaide, then subsequently got robbed off me here... not saying that it's unsafe here, just that i was part of the stats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JLow View Post
    I am Malaysian / in Malaysia, and this is how I am asking a friend in Melb to help me get mine. She is travelling here soon too; in July.

    TRS, as well as her EPP privilege (employee purchase program, I think) should net me some good savings.

    I'd personally done the TRS too in Dec08 with the 3G from Adelaide, then subsequently got robbed off me here... not saying that it's unsafe here, just that i was part of the stats.
    If she claims on the way out, don't they ask you to present the item on the way back in? It has been a while since I travelled but last time I claimed going out I was asked about the item coming back in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaste View Post
    If she claims on the way out, don't they ask you to present the item on the way back in? It has been a while since I travelled but last time I claimed going out I was asked about the item coming back in.
    Don't think they'll ask you without you prompting them on your custims declaration.

    If you have more than $900 worth of goods, technically you should declare it on the way back in and they may charge you GST on the excess.

    Whether they bother to determine all that is a mixture of pot luck and how interesting the rest of the stuff you're bringing back looks to them. YMMV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OziMac View Post
    Don't think they'll ask you without you prompting them on your custims declaration.

    If you have more than $900 worth of goods, technically you should declare it on the way back in and they may charge you GST on the excess.

    Whether they bother to determine all that is a mixture of pot luck and how interesting the rest of the stuff you're bringing back looks to them. YMMV.
    I dont think she needs to declare it on the way back in. I think she's travelled enough to know this.

    Besides, it wouldnt be on her anymore, it'd be with me

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    Quote Originally Posted by JLow View Post
    Besides, it wouldnt be on her anymore, it'd be with me
    Which won't be much help if they then decide she fraudulently claimed back her gst when it was in fact a purchase for someone else Still I am sure it will all work out. I'm guessing our boarder protection people don't go to that much effort for small items.
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    my friend told me that customs record the goods that have their GST refunded against your passport; so that upon entry, they will take a look at your baggage. from what i hear, normally they dont care (bother) unless you are bringing in something you shouldnt have in the first place.

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    Last time I went O/S, it claimed back GST on a $3k bit of jewlery. No questions asked on the way back in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hendot View Post
    Last time I went O/S, it claimed back GST on a $3k bit of jewlery. No questions asked on the way back in.
    That's because the jewelry wasn't declared on return and wasn't picked up by customs.

    Essentially, you can export and claim back the GST to whatever value you want, but on return, everyone is subjected to the duty free threshold of A$900. Anything more should be declared and dutied.

    Getting busted by custom agents is bad news and may lead to repeated attention on future travels.

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    ive heard stories of watches being a target of customs at one point in time. reason being that, everyone was getting "cheap" rolexes from HK, Singapore, Malaysia, Middle East, and bringing them in undeclared

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetsetkiwi View Post
    No, you cannot buy them duty free.

    Best way is to buy one here, and when you leave, present your tax invoice and claim 10% GST back.
    ... So your getting it duty free. (duty = gst)

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    i assume i have to keep the iphone sealed in the box to take it out of the country?I will need to show the iphone?

    Can I buy the apps now so when I open it up on the plane I can start playing?

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