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3 hours ago, silica said:

Do you guys suggest buying the Nintendo Pro Controller on Amazon India or at a Local store? Also, what is a fair price for the Pro Controller?

 

If you have a trust-worthy local shop (i.e. you've purchased from them before and can be sure they are genuine) - then it's always best to go for the local shop option, even if they charge some 200-500 bucks more than Amazon. The reason is simply because, in case the controller does not work properly you can catch hold of that person and get it replaced (always ensure you ask about replacement before you buy).

 

As for fair price, I myself did not buy the Pro controller from India - but approximately in India, around 5k should be a fair price. But for fair price, it might still be best to ask others here and elsewhere who might have purchased the Pro controller in India.

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5 hours ago, roun90 said:

 

If you have a trust-worthy local shop (i.e. you've purchased from them before and can be sure they are genuine) - then it's always best to go for the local shop option, even if they charge some 200-500 bucks more than Amazon. The reason is simply because, in case the controller does not work properly you can catch hold of that person and get it replaced (always ensure you ask about replacement before you buy).

 

As for fair price, I myself did not buy the Pro controller from India - but approximately in India, around 5k should be a fair price. But for fair price, it might still be best to ask others here and elsewhere who might have purchased the Pro controller in India.


 

Where did you buy your controller? I bought the Switch at a local store, but as that was the first time I have purchased from them, I cannot comment on their integrity.

 

Are there methods to verify the authenticity of the switch and pro controller?

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13 hours ago, silica said:


 

Where did you buy your controller? I bought the Switch at a local store, but as that was the first time I have purchased from them, I cannot comment on their integrity.

 

Are there methods to verify the authenticity of the switch and pro controller?

 

I brought it when I was travelling abroad to work, so the price at which I brought will not match yours most probably. Also I got the Splatoon special edition of Pro controller, so I'm sure mine is the official one.

 

As for how to spot fakes, there are plenty of articles online. For example -

 

1) https://in.ign.com/nintendo-nx-1/138278/news/amazon-india-reportedly-selling-counterfeit-nintendo-switch-pro-controllers

2) https://www.lootpots.com/articles/fake-switch-pro-controller-comparison-internals-30072018/

3) https://www.nintendoenthusiast.com/disturbingly-accurate-fake-switch-pro-controllers-now-on-the-market/

4) https://kotaku.com/the-nintendo-switch-pro-controller-hides-a-secret-messa-1792985504

 

Most importantly, always look for the "Official Nintendo Seal" in the Pro Controller's box. Such as this image for example (Pic taken from Google, not my box) -

 

pro-controller-box.jpg?itok=GIIRE_C6

 

You can see the "Official Nintendo Seal" to the left of the barcode.

 

For reference, this is the version of the Pro Controller I have. But as I said, I got it from abroad and also there have been reports of Amazon supplying fake products. Especially of the seller "Micromini" whose link is being promoted by Amazon. That seller also has only 6 customer ratings, so any of the 4 star or 5 star reviews that he has could also be from his own family/relatives. So don't buy from him.

 

https://www.amazon.in/Nintendo-Switch-Pro-Controller-Splatoon/dp/B07H9G1FPK/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Nintendo+switch+pro+controller+splatoon+edition&qid=1573626758&sr=8-1

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15 hours ago, silica said:

Can anyone suggest if purchasing the pro controller from Play-Asia is a good idea? It works to the same price as it’s being sold on Amazon US with shipping to India.
 

https://www.play-asia.com/nintendo-switch-pro-controller/13/70avfl

Since you are planning to import, wait for Black Friday sales to start and then import from us. Other option is get  it from Amazon India or any local seller for cheap.

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15 hours ago, silica said:

Can anyone suggest if purchasing the pro controller from Play-Asia is a good idea? It works to the same price as it’s being sold on Amazon US with shipping to India.
 

https://www.play-asia.com/nintendo-switch-pro-controller/13/70avfl

 

Have purchased from Play-asia before (Only games and software codes though. I've not bought any Hardware from them). From my experience -

 

1) You might have to pay extra shipping cost. That 4500 price might not be the final price

2) You might wait up to a month for delivery (based on customs and shipping method chosen)

3) If your shipment can escape/clear through customs without problems, then it's fine. Otherwise, if your package is held by customs -

    a) You might wait a very long time for delivery, even beyond a month

    b) When the goods finally reach you - you will have to pay more money as customs duty (maybe upto 30% of value; though I'm not sure)

    c) Hope that the goods do reach you safely, and that the custom officer does not keep it for himself (Though the instances of this are lessening I heard, and I also heard that Play-Asia does compensate for lost in transit; though again I'm not sure)

    d) High paid deliveries (Like FedEx/DHL etc.) are more likely to attract the extra custom duties. Though they also give you peace of mind - as they will ship fast, allow tracking and will also help in clearing customs and with lost goods as well.

 

Overall, when the Pro controller does reach you - don't be surprised if you've paid an amount similar to what you would have paid if you purchased it in India (Give or take some 400-500 Rs above or below)

 

If you truly have no local store you can trust, and have no option, then your best bet is to buy from Amazon US (Amazon.com) At the time of check-out itself, they will collect the custom amount from you (and refund it later if custom is not charged). They will also take the KYC from you in beginning itself and will do all the work in clearing customs. And they will also have awesome deals come Black Friday/Cyber Monday as @santanu18 said. Plus you might find official Nintendo itself selling over there.

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@roun90 Amazon Exports LLC is the official Nintendo distributor, but they do not ship to India. The price including shipping from Amazon and Play-Asia is the same price.

 

A quick note for everyone, the import duty is 0% for any imported electronic goods (excl. mobile phones) with a CIF value <= INR 50,000/- 

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2 hours ago, blitzkreiig said:

I've been charged 2k customs on a 3k controller this year itself.

 

 

@blitzkreiig You got ripped off by your Clearing house agent. As of August 2016, as per the DGFT notification the limit on the CIF value of imported electronic goods was increased from INR 2,000/- to INR 50,000/-

 

If the CIF value is above INR 50,000/- then Customs Duty is applicable. Import duty on Electronics is 30% import duty + 18% IGST (effective amount paid by importer is 53.4% of CIF Value)

Edit (1) for example below: Edit (2) forgot to add Cess

a) CIF Value INR 100

b) BCD = INR 100 * 30% = INR 30         ----- Cess = INR 30 * 10% = INR 3 

c) Assessable Value = CIF Value + BCD = INR 133

d) IGST = INR 130 * 18% = INR 156.94/-

e) Total BCD + IGST = INR 56.94/-

 

Edit (4) Refer to the following Notification: https://dgft.gov.in/sites/default/files/NotificationNo. 22(E).pdf  (I do not know how to add a pdf file to the post)

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Edit (1) for example below: Edit (2) Added Cess Edit (3) IGST is compulsory even if duty is exempt

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1 hour ago, silica said:

 

 

@blitzkreiig You got ripped off by your Clearing house agent. As of August 2016, as per the DGFT notification the limit on the CIF value of imported electronic goods was increased from INR 2,000/- to INR 50,000/-

 

If the CIF value is above INR 50,000/- then Customs Duty is applicable. Import duty on Electronics is 30% import duty + 18% IGST (effective amount paid by importer is 53.4% of CIF Value)

Edit (1) for example below: 

a) CIF Value INR 100

b) BCD = INR 100 * 30% = INR 30 

c) Assessable Value = CIF Value + BCD = INR 130

d) IGST = INR 130 * 18% = INR 153.4/-

e) Total BCD + IGST = INR 53.4/-

 

If the limit is 50k why does Amazon US levy customs charges. Even (shopship) Aramex charges 40% customs on electronics.

 

Also you can't explain rules to India Post personnel, if you don't pay the customs they'll just return the parcel or maybe worse.

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17 minutes ago, blitzkreiig said:

 

If the limit is 50k why does Amazon US levy customs charges. Even (shopship) Aramex charges 40% customs on electronics.

 

Also you can't explain rules to India Post personnel, if you don't pay the customs they'll just return the parcel or maybe worse.

The limit applies only if you are travelling and bringing items with yourself and declaring it.

Import duty applies on every single imported no matter the value. 

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16 minutes ago, adity said:

The limit applies only if you are travelling and bringing items with yourself and declaring it.

Import duty applies on every single imported no matter the value. 

 

Will post the DGFT Notification later, the limit applies if the goods are brought into the country by post(courier) or on your person.

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36 minutes ago, blitzkreiig said:

 

If the limit is 50k why does Amazon US levy customs charges. Even (shopship) Aramex charges 40% customs on electronics.

 

Amazon US tends to return the Import Duties they charge at the time of purchase, if no import duty is levied. I've had Amazon refund the import duty amount to me sometimes. Basically, we are getting screwed over by them as they primarily rely on the majority of their customers not having any knowledge of customs law.

 

21 minutes ago, adity said:

Also you can't explain rules to India Post personnel, if you don't pay the customs they'll just return the parcel or maybe worse.

 

That is the sad truth. Many government officials themselves do not know the law and they tend to be arrogant if you explain it to them. I've been lucky as I can sic my company lawyers at them, and save myself the headache of speaking with them.

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25 minutes ago, silica said:

 

Will post the DGFT Notification later, the limit applies if the goods are brought into the country by post(courier) or on your person.

You can post but afaik these limits don't apply for commercial transfers. 

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3 minutes ago, adity said:

You can post but afaik these limits don't apply for commercial transfers. 

 

It applies as long as the goods imported are not intended for sale in India. No government personnel will help any person or company pay lower tax rate, even if the person or company is legally entitled to the lower tax rate

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