£1.70 + postage + VAT means it's much cheaper, if you are prepared to wait, to get it from China.
I'm planning on buying a set of six in order to do some experiments with them. I can wait for delivery.
All the items I've bought from China in the last three years or so - have VAT charged at the point of sale.
So you pay the price of the item plus postage plus VAT on the total.
I assume the equivalent of the Chinese HMRC pays the VAT they collect to UK HMRC.
Cool, good to know. I must admit, I'd virtually stopped buying direct because I wasn't sure about the import duty. Though I've used Banggood a few times because they offer an insurance that will cover unexpected duty I think.
In October I ordered £45 worth of widgets from aliexpress. Had to pay VAT and shipping up front but no import duty. So maybe duty is less of a risk these days.
Although in the past I bought a mobile phone and escaped import duty.
It's all part of the excitement of trading with the orient, along with unexpected parcels a couple of months after you forgot ordering
Thanks for the heads up. I just ordered 10 from aliexpress. £24.32 including VAT and delivery. Delivery was £2.16 + VAT. ESP32s were £1.86 with a bit of discount for 5 or more.The prices shown on Ali do not include VAT but it is added at checkout. How HMRC got China to collect taxes for them I'll never know!!
I think it varies where in the world you live. Typically it takes a couple of weeks to get stuff from Ali to the UK. I prefer to use Amazon or Ebay sources if the mark up isn't too great. Where the Ebay price is 3x the Ali price then I think there is an element of greed at play.
It certainly is the case that one needs to shop around. I don't go into towns much and so travelling costs are a factor and Screwfix has a minimum order of £50.00 for delivery. All have to weighed up to get the true cost of the purchase. Amazon definitely are not always the cheapest for sure, but they have very easy return facilities if the goods are faulty.