Halloween is a big seasonal tradition in the USA, with many costume companies based there. Some
costumes and accessories will be manufactured in the USA and some manufacured in Asia, the Far East, Mexico and imported
into the USA. Depending on where the garment or item is manufactured, a UK import duty is applied, varying
in percentage rate based on the 'country of origin'. If you buy direct from the USA, you will be charged this
import duty upon your parcel entry to the UK. Any import duties are already calculated into our selling price.
 In addition to the price of the goods and aforementioned UK import duties, you will need to pay transport
costs. It is obvious and although we will charge you postage and shipping, costs of transport from the USA are
going to be higher. We too have to pay transport costs, which are included within our sale price.
 With the exception of many child costumes, VAT is included within our sale price. All prices shown on any
USA website will be in US Dollars and exclusive of VAT. When you buy and thus import goods from any country and including the
USA, you will need to add VAT. It is important to note that VAT is added to the price of the costume, the import duty
and the transport cost.
In summary and based on a 1.65 conversation rate, a $20.00 item on a USA website could cost you anywhere between £25.00 to £35.00 depending on which State the item will be shipped from and the delivery method
 This final and important point is based on UK Consumer Protection Laws. When you buy from Jokers'
Masquerade, we contract under UK sales laws. If the item we sell you is faulty or you simply do not like it, we
can accept it back for exchange or refund. Most USA based online retailers state their sales as "final". This means
that once you complete the sales transaction, the item belongs to you. Indeed and when delivered, if you do
not like it for any reason, they'll argue "But sorry, it's yours". In addition, any remedy for faulty goods would be
costly and liable to be fraught with argument.
In conclusion, it may seem cheaper on the face of it, but buying from a non-UK website has both hidden
costs and Consumer Protection issues. Nonetheless, the choice is yours. For more information, please read the
HMCE Document about Internet Sales for more information on Import Duties and VAT.