No I'm not selling these CDs for 12900 Pesos. In fact I don't even
have them. They were shipped. And they are at the Makati Post Office
(Window 1). I had 50 CDs of the x86/LiveCD combo shipped to me. I was
hoping to distribute them to fellow plug'ers. Unfortunately I did not
see the declaration form stuck on the box. I would assume that, for
things free, Canonical either declared them as "free" or "$1" for
customs purposes. I told the Post Office guy that these were free CDs.
They had to count them. They of course counted them as 100 CDs since
it was a 2 CD set each piece.
Now I have no idea how the customs guy came about to the tax amount of
12,900+ Pesos. I'm assuming he saw me dressed nicely (in office
attire), and that the CDs looked very nicely packaged, and probably
assumed that I was gonna sell them (which he didn't even ask me), and
probably assumed that the CDs were important enough for me that I'd
pick them up myself. I'd love to see the law that states that taxes on
CDs are on a per-piece basis whether or not that are free*.
Anyway, I didn't bother even asking for a lower tax amount as the time
to waste wasn't worth it. I've had free CDs and other items shipped
before (albeit not this many), but I was never taxed on them before.
So this serves as a warning/FYI I guess. Makati Post Office. Window 1.
The customs guy that sits behind a desk behind the counter. Has
glasses, with his feet always up on the table without shoes. Don't get
me wrong, I'm not pissed (well a little for getting taxed roughly $230
without basis). I was actually laughing all the way to the office. =)
* As I'm unfamiliar with customs laws, I'd love to really get a
reference of this for future use. Especially for tax exemptions on
free/promotional items (limits, etc.).