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Re: Hi from John at SPR Models (New Zealand)

Postby SPR Models » Tue Aug 04, 2015 7:40 am

jj2728 wrote:Welcome to the best die cast forum on the web John. You'll find many knowledgeable, enthusiastic and friendly collectors here. Was also impressed by your website. With very few exceptions, I am strictly a 1/43rd race car collector and since you are from NZ I'd be willing to bet that you may have in your collection a few cars that were driven by Bruce, Denny, and Chris. I'm also archiving my dad's extensive photo library that spans 65+ years of motorsport. I've attached a photo taken by him of Chris and the winning Ferrari 330 P4 during practice in 1967 at the Daytona 24 hours.

John


Hi John,
Thanks for your message. I'm really (pleasantly) surprised at the number of 'Welcome Messages' I have received from Members. I've joined many Forums over the years, but never had this number of responses to my 'Introductory' post.

Thanks too for the image of Chris Amon. Do you have a high-res copy as I would like to give it to Chris next time I see him.

Yes, being a Kiwi I am a big fan of the 'famous four' - McLaren, Amon, Hulme & Ganley - and have many of their cars in my collection. In fact I'm really surprised at the number of Kiwi-driven cars that Spark has modelled over the past few years. I have Spark models driven by Bruce McLaren, Chris Amon, Denny Hulme, Howden Ganley, Scott Dixon, Andrew Bagnall, Angus Hyslop, Rob Wilson, Roger Wills, Brendon Hartley, Shane Van Gisbergen, Earl Bamber and Chris van der Drift.

Cheers,
John
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Re: Hi from John at SPR Models (New Zealand)

Postby SPR Models » Tue Aug 04, 2015 8:00 am

Baxter wrote:Hi John! Is Bizarre out of business now? Their website is gone and I'll be disappointed if Fernando Pinto has packed it in. People may disagree, but I think that spark was the catalyst that broke us out of the Minichamps doldrums of the same set of German cars repainted every year. I immediately took to the variety and attention to accuracy that Spark showed. I didn't visit your website but I live in the USA and shipping is likely prohibitively expensive and not worth getting excited over your wares.


Hi Baxter,
The Bizarre brand is still going, but their production is reduced from previous years. The 2014 Bizarre catalogue only listed 36 models, and these were mainly LSR and concept cars. Most of the other types of models they produced, such as their Matra & GT40 Le Mans cars, are now released under the Spark brand. Check out the Bizarre catalogue here ... http://www.spr-models.co.nz/components/com_aceshop/opencart/download/SPR_Bizarre-2014(1Mb).pdf.

We have a lot of Customers in North America (as well as Europe and the Pacific Basin), and they find our postage rates very reasonable. To give you an idea, based on today's currency exchange rates, postage for 1:43rd models to the USA would be...

1 model = US$8.25
2 models = US$12.20
3 models = US$15.50
4 models = US$18.15
5 models = US$20.80

Hopefully these rates stack up well against what you’re currently paying.

Here is a link to all our postage rate ... http://www.spr-models.co.nz/information/7-shipping-&-handling.

Cheers,
John
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Re: Hi from John at SPR Models (New Zealand)

Postby SPR Models » Tue Aug 04, 2015 8:16 am

rotormotor wrote:Good stuff..another Kiwi to tip the balance back in our favour :mrgreen:
Welcome aboard John, this IS the best 1/43 forum on the globe but lurking you'd know that already.

I be one of the 'customers' you speak off..waits patiently for the NZ arrival of 1/18 Spark being #2 entry on my 2015 wishlist.

I was looking at the Armco Holden FC wagon and utes, maybe you be stocking those, being mostly wankel here, Spark caters pretty damn well as did Bizarre to further my line up..still have holes in my LM rotaries.


Hi Lars,
Thanks for your welcome. Your pre-ordered 1:18th Mazda MX-01 is in transit, and should arrive in approx. 3 weeks.

I'm just about to place another ARMCO order, so will add some of the Holden FC wagon and utes.

Cheers,
John
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Re: Hi from John at SPR Models (New Zealand)

Postby SPR Models » Tue Aug 04, 2015 9:04 am

R32Dave wrote:
Jager wrote:
Stu935 wrote:Dave, I've been caught by customs once out of the three orders placed with John. I thought it may have been down to value of the contents/number of items ordered as i had ordered 6 Spark cars when i was hit with a similar charge as yourself. The other two packages had 2 cars and 4 cars and i wasn't hit with custom charges for either of those.


Googling it, it seems the "Vat Free" limit in the UK is about £135 - 150, though it seems a bit hit and miss. The physical size of the parcel is also something UK Customs use to select which parcels to investigate futher, sot he smaller your parcel the better.

What is interesting though is there is a lower rate of 5% VAT for "collectibles" rather than the usual 20% VAT that applies to everything else. It appears some of the coin and stamp collectors have been able to enforce this, but whether you could do the same for model cars is perhaps debatable. Eg

No VAT on collectable figures :

http://www.dutycalculator.com/dc/52785/ ... gdom-is-0/

But 20% VAT and 4.7% duty on model cars :

http://www.dutycalculator.com/dc/71951- ... rs-is-4.7/

Sellers will often describe models as "Toys", but perhaps that's not the best way to deal with the VAT issue ?




Thanks for the input folks.
This batch was the biggest one I've ordered from SPR thus far, and I suspect the customs charge kicks in with regards a certain size parameter, like Stu said. Order total was in the 120 to 150 range if memory serves so I think best strategy is to stick with 3 models per order Max.
John, not asking too much here I hope, but if you could do your best to keep the package size down, while still going the model good protection, that might just save some pennies. I know you treat them with ample care, so needless to say, if they require that level of protection to cross the world, then id rather pay the £21 for an undamaged model.
Nowoff to the website for more hunting..


Hi Dave,
We have a lot of Customers in the UK, and most have asked me to ship only 3 or 4 models at a time (even when they order 10 or more). I'm happy to do that.

SPR Models is a small Team, and I normally do all the packaging (Sharon looks after Admin; Paul is our Web-designer; and Steve looks after or Newsletter), so I'll make sure that I reduce the size / weight of your parcels where possible. When you next order, simply add a note to remind me. We have actually got six Customers in the UK called David, so at this stage I'm not exactly sure which 'Dave' you are - sorry!

Short of falsifying Customs Declarations and declaring all parcels as 'gifts' with 'no commercial value' (which means that we cannot claim for lost or damaged items), I'm happy to accommodate your wishes to help minimise your possible customs charges.

Cheers,
John
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Re: Hi from John at SPR Models (New Zealand)

Postby SPR Models » Tue Aug 04, 2015 9:40 am

Hi All,
As mentioned in a previous post, I'm really surprised at the number of messages from you all. It makes me feel very welcome! Thanks Scott, Larry, Stu, Ian, Lars, Andy, Johan, Tom, Jeff, Douglas, Julio, Dave, Michael, Steve & Kevin ... hope I didn't miss anyone.

I've been a collector for many years, and have 1000+ 1:43rd models in my collection. My focus is sports racing cars, CanAm, endurance sports cars, and racing GTs from 1958 to 2000. Plus I collect cars driven by New Zealanders. But like most of us, a few cars outside of these parameters have found their way into my collection. For example, although I don't collect models of open-wheelers, I have a lot of F1 cars driven by McLaren, Hulme and Amon. And for some reason I've recently developed a fascination for Pikes Peak and early American Stockcars / NASCAR. One type of model totally absent from my collection is road cars - if it didn't race, I don't collect it!

For a number of years I have also written a regular column on models in a couple of New Zealand car magazines. So as you can see, I have the bug!

One topic I would love to explore on the Forum is display cabinets, so I'll start a thread on this soon ... if there isn't already a thread on the subject!

Cheers,
John
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Re: Hi from John at SPR Models (New Zealand)

Postby Jager » Tue Aug 04, 2015 10:45 am

SPR Models wrote:One topic I would love to explore on the Forum is display cabinets, so I'll start a thread on this soon ... if there isn't already a thread on the subject!

Cheers,
John


John, here's a good place to start exploring.We have a sub-forum just for displays and cabinets :

viewforum.php?f=54
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Re: Hi from John at SPR Models (New Zealand)

Postby R32Dave » Thu Aug 06, 2015 6:55 pm

SPR Models wrote:
R32Dave wrote:
Jager wrote:
Stu935 wrote:Dave, I've been caught by customs once out of the three orders placed with John. I thought it may have been down to value of the contents/number of items ordered as i had ordered 6 Spark cars when i was hit with a similar charge as yourself. The other two packages had 2 cars and 4 cars and i wasn't hit with custom charges for either of those.


Googling it, it seems the "Vat Free" limit in the UK is about £135 - 150, though it seems a bit hit and miss. The physical size of the parcel is also something UK Customs use to select which parcels to investigate futher, sot he smaller your parcel the better.

What is interesting though is there is a lower rate of 5% VAT for "collectibles" rather than the usual 20% VAT that applies to everything else. It appears some of the coin and stamp collectors have been able to enforce this, but whether you could do the same for model cars is perhaps debatable. Eg

No VAT on collectable figures :

http://www.dutycalculator.com/dc/52785/ ... gdom-is-0/

But 20% VAT and 4.7% duty on model cars :

http://www.dutycalculator.com/dc/71951- ... rs-is-4.7/

Sellers will often describe models as "Toys", but perhaps that's not the best way to deal with the VAT issue ?




Thanks for the input folks.
This batch was the biggest one I've ordered from SPR thus far, and I suspect the customs charge kicks in with regards a certain size parameter, like Stu said. Order total was in the 120 to 150 range if memory serves so I think best strategy is to stick with 3 models per order Max.
John, not asking too much here I hope, but if you could do your best to keep the package size down, while still going the model good protection, that might just save some pennies. I know you treat them with ample care, so needless to say, if they require that level of protection to cross the world, then id rather pay the £21 for an undamaged model.
Nowoff to the website for more hunting..


Hi Dave,
We have a lot of Customers in the UK, and most have asked me to ship only 3 or 4 models at a time (even when they order 10 or more). I'm happy to do that.

SPR Models is a small Team, and I normally do all the packaging (Sharon looks after Admin; Paul is our Web-designer; and Steve looks after or Newsletter), so I'll make sure that I reduce the size / weight of your parcels where possible. When you next order, simply add a note to remind me. We have actually got six Customers in the UK called David, so at this stage I'm not exactly sure which 'Dave' you are - sorry!

Short of falsifying Customs Declarations and declaring all parcels as 'gifts' with 'no commercial value' (which means that we cannot claim for lost or damaged items), I'm happy to accommodate your wishes to help minimise your possible customs charges.

Cheers,
John


Thanks John, thats much appreciated.
My name is David Gedye(surely theres only one!?), but I'll write a note on the next order just to remind you to keep the pack small.
I probably won't be ordering more than 3 at a time anyway but lets see.
I appreciate your trying to accommodate me!
PS: As a South African to a Kiwi - see you in the Semis of the World Cup in October ;)

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Re: Hi from John at SPR Models (New Zealand)

Postby SPR Models » Thu Aug 06, 2015 10:03 pm

R32Dave wrote:
SPR Models wrote:
R32Dave wrote:
Jager wrote:
Stu935 wrote:Dave, I've been caught by customs once out of the three orders placed with John. I thought it may have been down to value of the contents/number of items ordered as i had ordered 6 Spark cars when i was hit with a similar charge as yourself. The other two packages had 2 cars and 4 cars and i wasn't hit with custom charges for either of those.


Googling it, it seems the "Vat Free" limit in the UK is about £135 - 150, though it seems a bit hit and miss. The physical size of the parcel is also something UK Customs use to select which parcels to investigate futher, sot he smaller your parcel the better.

What is interesting though is there is a lower rate of 5% VAT for "collectibles" rather than the usual 20% VAT that applies to everything else. It appears some of the coin and stamp collectors have been able to enforce this, but whether you could do the same for model cars is perhaps debatable. Eg

No VAT on collectable figures :

http://www.dutycalculator.com/dc/52785/ ... gdom-is-0/

But 20% VAT and 4.7% duty on model cars :

http://www.dutycalculator.com/dc/71951- ... rs-is-4.7/

Sellers will often describe models as "Toys", but perhaps that's not the best way to deal with the VAT issue ?




Thanks for the input folks.
This batch was the biggest one I've ordered from SPR thus far, and I suspect the customs charge kicks in with regards a certain size parameter, like Stu said. Order total was in the 120 to 150 range if memory serves so I think best strategy is to stick with 3 models per order Max.
John, not asking too much here I hope, but if you could do your best to keep the package size down, while still going the model good protection, that might just save some pennies. I know you treat them with ample care, so needless to say, if they require that level of protection to cross the world, then id rather pay the £21 for an undamaged model.
Nowoff to the website for more hunting..


Hi Dave,
We have a lot of Customers in the UK, and most have asked me to ship only 3 or 4 models at a time (even when they order 10 or more). I'm happy to do that.

SPR Models is a small Team, and I normally do all the packaging (Sharon looks after Admin; Paul is our Web-designer; and Steve looks after or Newsletter), so I'll make sure that I reduce the size / weight of your parcels where possible. When you next order, simply add a note to remind me. We have actually got six Customers in the UK called David, so at this stage I'm not exactly sure which 'Dave' you are - sorry!

Short of falsifying Customs Declarations and declaring all parcels as 'gifts' with 'no commercial value' (which means that we cannot claim for lost or damaged items), I'm happy to accommodate your wishes to help minimise your possible customs charges.

Cheers,
John


Thanks John, thats much appreciated.
My name is David Gedye(surely theres only one!?), but I'll write a note on the next order just to remind you to keep the pack small.
I probably won't be ordering more than 3 at a time anyway but lets see.
I appreciate your trying to accommodate me!
PS: As a South African to a Kiwi - see you in the Semis of the World Cup in October ;)

D


Ah, that David! Now I know ;) !! Thanks, writing a note will remind me.
Cheers, John

PS : Looking at the draw for the World Cup, an SA v's NZ Semi is a strong possibility. Lucky bugger! You'll be able to attend the games at Twickenham.
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Re: Hi from John at SPR Models (New Zealand)

Postby Glen » Fri Aug 07, 2015 3:13 pm

SPR Models wrote:
Baxter wrote:
Here is a link to all our postage rate ... http://www.spr-models.co.nz/information/7-shipping-&-handling.

Cheers,
John

wow :o shipping rates are really competitive. That's from the side of the world and it's cheaper then from neighbouring France.

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Postby dbonser » Fri Aug 07, 2015 5:45 pm

Glen wrote:
SPR Models wrote:
Baxter wrote:
Here is a link to all our postage rate ... http://www.spr-models.co.nz/information/7-shipping-&-handling.

Cheers,
John

wow :o shipping rates are really competitive. That's from the side of the world and it's cheaper then from neighbouring France.

Just placed an order and it's cheaper to ship from New Zealand to Texas then within the US!
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Re: Hi from John at SPR Models (New Zealand)

Postby rotormotor » Fri Aug 07, 2015 6:23 pm

Looks like signing on here will be fruitatious for you John :P
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Postby scalainj » Sat Aug 08, 2015 5:52 am

I'm trying to rein my spending in. You're not helping :lol:

Seriously good shipping rates John
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Postby k1w1taxi » Sun Aug 23, 2015 1:37 am

A belated Welcome John.

What is the Rob Wilson car?

Interesting to see that he gave some training to Hayden Paddon prior to Germany - which seems to have worked as Hayden has definitely closed the gap to Dani and Thierry on the Tarmac.

Cheers
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Postby SPR Models » Sat Sep 05, 2015 9:59 am

k1w1taxi wrote:A belated Welcome John.

What is the Rob Wilson car?

Interesting to see that he gave some training to Hayden Paddon prior to Germany - which seems to have worked as Hayden has definitely closed the gap to Dani and Thierry on the Tarmac.

Cheers
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Hi Lee. The Rob Wilson car was... Redline RL025 : Ferrari 360 Modena #92 Le Mans 2004
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Postby scalainj » Sun Sep 20, 2015 5:51 am

I've broken down and put in an order. Great prices.
Here's hoping i don't get a customs beating

Ian - bought the one that GPL didn't want to sell me. For a little over half the price
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Postby SPR Models » Sun Sep 20, 2015 9:47 am

scalainj wrote:I've broken down and put in an order. Great prices.
Here's hoping i don't get a customs beating

Ian - bought the one that GPL didn't want to sell me. For a little over half the price


Thanks Andy. I'm honoured that someone of your obvious fame & status within the field of model collecting has purchased your models from my humble little online store.

I'm happy to help in any way to mitigate your UK Customs Duty. The declared value will be well within the "Vat Free" limit of £135 - 150. Do you also want me to label the items as "Collectibles" or "Collectible Toys"? I normally declare them as "Toy Cars", as opposed to "Model Cars", as I reason that Postal Workers are less likely to steal a child's toy, than a model car.

Cheers, John
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Postby scalainj » Mon Sep 21, 2015 1:13 am

Hi John

My head seems to be stuck in the door frame ;)

Please label as you would normally - we will see what Her Maj's Crooks and Robbers make of it
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Re: Hi from John at SPR Models (New Zealand)

Postby scalainj » Tue Sep 29, 2015 8:06 am

They are here

Well packed, great service, great price - highly recommended

and unmolested by customs - Yay
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Re: Hi from John at SPR Models (New Zealand)

Postby reeft1 » Thu Mar 31, 2016 2:24 pm

I have placed a little order with you John. Hopefully you can work your magic on package size and labelling to avoid the dreaded import duties.

Many thanks

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Re: Hi from John at SPR Models (New Zealand)

Postby RaceOddity » Fri Apr 01, 2016 8:24 pm

I can add my voice to Andy's. John is a keeper.
His models are too. :lol:
My items have all been in pristine condition.
Well packed. He just makes it easy.

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Re: Hi from John at SPR Models (New Zealand)

Postby rotormotor » Fri Apr 01, 2016 8:44 pm

certainly is, I just placed a big preorder..by big not necessarily alot of cars but sizewise big ;)
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Postby Alfaholic » Sat Apr 02, 2016 7:36 am

Agree, I have made a couple of purchases in the pat 6 months and it is always a good experience.
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Re: Hi from John at SPR Models (New Zealand)

Postby SPR Models » Sun Apr 03, 2016 8:10 am

Thanks Guys. Really appreciate your comments and kind words. It's nice to know that what we're doing is 'on track'!

Happy Collecting,
John
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