Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Selfridges Online is Now Shipping to the US!

Oh dear.  The temptations keep on coming don't they?

Selfridges has been offering International shipping on its online store and now recently added the United States as well.  (Thank you, Lipstick Boulevards for letting me know!  Darn you!  *shakes fist*)  Shipping now costs a bargain basement £25 (about $40 current exchange rate).

You know what this means, don't you?  That means Suqqu is accessible along with Charlotte Tillbury (and RMK).  Ichibankao is still probably a good all-around resource for Japanese cosmetics and placing small orders, but it's really nice having Selfridges ship to us now.  The counters no longer ship via telephone orders, which is fine because their shipping was, I think about $85 to the US.

I put a theoretical order into my shopping cart to illustrate the pricing.  I'm fantasy buying the Cheek Brush and the Loose Powder in Natural.
When you select the International Shipping option and sign in, you will see that the VAT (value added tax) is deducted from the item price.  The £85 Cheek Brush is reduced to £70.83 and the £40 Powder is reduced to £33.33.  Looks like the VAT deduction is 16.7%.  In this particular scenario the £20 VAT deduction is a nice offset to the £25 shipping fee (which is still high).

Of course, you also can not control if your incur further customs fees when you import with your purchases, so potentially you can end up more.
As cilucia points out below, Selfridges will adjust you cart and add in additional duty.  I think you reach a threshold amount & then *plink* additional fees will be added.  No ugly surprises at your doorstep, you know.

Let us all know if you end up making a purchase through the site and let us know how your experience goes.  So so so... I can live vicariously through you during my forever no buy.  Wahhhh!

Selfridges link to the Suqqu page, for your viewing pleasure here.

23 comments :

  1. I did not see that! eh no lemmings just backup thoughts... they still have creamy glows. Maybe next spring collection because the xmas palettes look too pink and orange and omg how many pink and oranges from suqqu do we have already?

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    1. I want a Suqqu raiiiiiinbow! :) I saw they had the CGs, too! I'm really liking the new Bright Ups as well. I wish the colors were brighter though. I need bright! I don't need so many sedate colors. (Clown, me)

      This is a great convenience. Eventually I will need to rebuy my loose powder, brow marker and maybe try out the new creamy N foundation.

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  2. Nooooooooo. I want Charlotte Tilbury pencils! And a Suqqu brush! And obviously, the more you buy, the "less" the shipping is...

    Nope. I am on a low-buy. Nothing before FF. Maybe nothing before the holidays (not too far off anymore...) Hurray for permanent items!

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    1. Because of the VAT deduction, it's comparable to a CP I think (provided you make a giNORRRRmous purchase). RIght? Right?

      You're being strong, Adele. We can be strong together. After I did my fantasy exercise to take a picture for the blog, I got an email from Selfridges spurring me to complete the purchase. Rub salt into my wounds, why don't you, Selfridges!

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  3. Saw that too. But I think I've been CHEAP! I think $40 for shipping is still a lot LOT. I do wonder if that may affect supply on Selfridges' side (assuming US makeup fans are uber hungry for imports).

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    1. $40 is a TON for shipping. I was just thinking through that it's way cheaper than a parcel forwarding service and maybe even comparable to a custom purchase by a friend (since UK friend can not get VAT deduction and then adds shipping). What do you think?

      Maybe this unleashes the Suqqu gates for the US and makes Suqqu realize they should distribute directly herrrrrre!

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    2. $40 is nothing, it's a huge saving compared to my local rrp prices...serious. I hope they don't have things like "Sorry we can't ship this item to Australia" like USA sites.

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    3. That's a bum move! I think the CT magic cream can't ship to the US, but I guess its an FDA issue? I dunno.
      Aussie prices are INSANE. :( I think US is the cheapest pricing for luxury goods globally, don't you think?

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    4. V. good point re VAT. I guess I take things for granted. My brother goes to London a lot for business, but of course, he got his VATs refunded, and not so if he is a Londoner. I've never used parcel forwarding services, what is the going rate right now? 8% of price point?

      Hello Suqqu! (or rather Moshi moshi!) Did you hear that?? Just sell direct to the U.S. will ya?

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    5. Hey Selphia, I'm from Australia too and just put through a Suqqu order (2 eyeshadows) so it looks like we should be fine with shipment to Australia! :D

      And I know what you mean about the local RRP >:( It really hurts.

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    6. I was wondering about brands like Burberry, Chanel, Shiseido, Dior and so on so I can save time and money organising my purchases. It has in the past worked out a lot cheaper and faster with Harrods compared to using a cp service from USA.

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    7. I've been playing with the cart. It seems like I can only purchase about 3 SUQQU (2 lipsticks and brow pen) before they add duties (same cost as vat) to the whole order.

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    8. Ah, yes, per Cilucia's comment below they add back in customs so you don't get hit with extra at the very end.

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    9. Hmm, I wonder how long they can keep this up though? I thought Suqqu didn't supply to the US because they said they didn't have the capacity to supply the demand for the market there? I can't imagine paying the prices in US currency though even with a VAT decrease (relative to other similar items in the states, it must be especially expensive in USD no?)

      Eli

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    10. Eli,
      Good questions. I'm guessing for a lot of consumers, the high price of the shipping will dissuade them from placing an order through Selfridges. I'm sure that since demand will get higher, perhaps Kanebo can reconsider their manufacturing base and ramp up accordingly.

      The prices are in line with other super luxurious items available in the US. 45 pound sterling (the UK price with the VAT) converts to $73. A Tom Ford quad is now $78. Considering the VAT reduction which can be pretty big if you place a big order, it seems pretty tempting for many Suqqu lovers. :)

      xoxo

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  4. This is HUGE!!!
    Suqqu at UK prices = WIN even with the £25 shipping which you so cleverly pointed out is offset by the VAT decrease! :D
    Now I just have to decide which old/discontinued Suqqu palette to get! Any recommendations ? :)

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    1. Hey, Wen! It's such a nice plus for us now!!! So many beautiful old quads, but they are on the very sheer side. My very favorite is 04 Keshizumi, followed closely by Matsukasa (the brown one). I saw they still have EX-11 from Spring. That is a killer quad!

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    2. I just ordered Keshizumi and Matsukasa! I think I must have nabbed the last Matsukasa which someone else was also looking at at the same time (bit of a tug of war going on in the shopping cart!). Hopefully its nobody I know *hides*.

      The old quads strangely appeal to me more than all the subsequent releases. I like the coordination of colours better and prefer the 4 colours over the 5-split pan. I know what you mean about the sheerness so I avoided Kokedama as per your review. Kakitsubata was my first Suqqu quad and I love it but would not want anything with less pigmentation than that. The only other ones that I've been hanging out for are the two you recommended (thanks for the positive re-enforcement Belly!) and I'm so glad I can finally own them! :D

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    3. Yay! And YAY for the cart win, Wen! :) I think the older quads had more of the texture play (matte, satin, shimmer, frost) than the newer ones which seem more in the shimmer category for me so I know what you mean! I hope you LOVE Keshi & Matsukasa!

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  5. So my Selfridges order of Suqqu Cheek brush, loose powder, and Himesango shows 2.68GBP in "Added Duties" on the brush.

    Also, I found in the FAQ (http://www.selfridges.com/en/StaticPage/FAQs/) this, claiming there will be no surprise fees upon delivery! Hopefully that's true!


    International delivery - How do you calculate local taxes and duties?
    The amount of local taxes and duties charged to you at checkout is dependent on a number of factors. These include your delivery address, what the products are, what they are made of and how much they cost.

    We will calculate your local taxes and duties so you don’t need to worry about additional fees when you receive your goods.

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    1. That's GREAT! So you know exactly what you are paying upfront as opposed to freaking out about a customs notice when you get in the in the States.

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  6. I just received my Selfridges package! Ordered 3-Oct, shipped 5-Oct and received 8-Oct. Shipping is expensive but they use DHL and its fast!

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    1. Oh yay, Wen! That was really fast. DHL is super fast. I hope you love your new quads!!!!

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