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I live in Tenerife and have been to a local camera store in Las Americas and placed an order for a Canon EOS 5D MK II + Canon EF 24-105mm f4 L IS USM lens for €2345 including all Canarian taxes, which is roughly £1891. . In the UK this cost £2255. They also stock a large selection of all the top brand cameras and lenses, again far cheaper than UK prices. The owner of the store was really good and told me he would have the camera here in 2 - 3 days. They have good stocks in the store and if they have not got it, they will get it for you. So if you're coming out to Tenerife or another Canary Island and thinking of buying a lens or a camera, place an order with them and arrange to pick it up when you come. All equipment comes with the manufacturers warranty, NOT GREY IMPORTS. Also, they did not ask for a deposit from me, so no catches. If anyone would like to know the company name, please ask me, as they also have stores throughout the Canary Islands. And NO, I'm not on commission, just trying to help fellow photographers save some money.
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There are many many dodgy dealers as well t hough in all the Canary Islands. I think the one you are on about is actually part of a major store with many branches a little like currys etc ? Visante by any chance. They are OK and can be trusted and well priced. Just remember though t hat by law all items like expensive cameras etc have to be declared when you return to UK :-(
daviewat, yes, returning to the UK with anything you purchase over a certain price has to be declared. But, if you have a dslr, lens, bag etc, will they go to the extent of checking everything with a manufacturer on where it came from, that is if you get pulled to one side. If you have also been taking images with your camera and can show some of your images you've taken, I don't think they will really bother you, unless they are complete a*******s.
Just returned from USA via EDI. To be on the safe side, I took the VAT receipts for my camera and lenses with me to forestall any trouble at Customs.
Forgetting that the Customs post in the "Overseas Arrivals Hall" at Edinburgh consists of a red telephone on the wall that you are invited to use if you have "anything to declare".
But, in relation to the above, don't forget that the Canary Islands, although part of Spain and users of the Euro, are not in the EU and so you will have both VAT and Import Duty to pay if you are honest (plus a very large fine and confiscation if you are dishonest and get caught). And most manufacturer's warranties on cameras bought overseas will NOT be honoured in UK (despite what the dealers might try to con you with). Lenses may be OK. (if the store is part of a mainland Spanish chain, you might just get away with a European warranty being honoured if you are lucky.)
As LF says, you do not pay VAT in Tenerife (any alcohol you buy there in local shops counts as duty free) so you will have to pay this when you return to UK (add 20% which is coincidentally the difference between Canary and UK prices)
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