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    Junior Member Tyrome's Avatar
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    Oct 2009

    Can you go to a foreign country, buy a gadget/toy that is unavailable in the

    states, but illegal to export out? of the country, and mail it to your house to get past the customs. I'm talking about Japan in particular and video game consoles, will they scan them or should i be able to get away with it?

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    Member TitoBob's Avatar
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    All foreign mail goes through customs, so that probably wouldn't work. However, if you travel to a foreign country, buy the gadget, and take it back in your personal luggage, that should be OK. While it is illegal for someone in the country of origin to export it to another country in a business transaction, personal purchases are seldom checked as you leave that country. If your own country has no restrictions against importing the gadget, then your customs agents wouldn't prevent you bringing it in as part of your personal exemptions, or if its value is over that, you might have to pay duty on it.

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