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    Quote Originally Posted by i800Yoty View Post
    Wait, now i'm confused... I thought import duty and VAT were compulsory for all items; and that the import duty varies (very low for badminton equipment) but VAT (20%) remains constant for all items; and that handling fees may incur as well? Is that right?
    Import duty only comes into play when item value exceeds 135GBP/150 euro but is only 2.7% anyway. VAT is indeed compulsory on items exceeding 15GBP/22 euro but given the amount of parcels arriving and the limited time available to process them, hardly all of them are actually going through the clearance process. It is up to the folks from Royal Mail to select the interesting ones (big/heavy parcels, or simply random selections). Handling fees always incur when the paperwork has to be done ("Any package assessed as being liable for customs charges will also incur a Royal Mail handling fee of 8.")
    That said the first fairly large package I had arrive in a while (dimension wise) immediately got inspected and charged two weeks ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by demolidor View Post
    VAT is indeed compulsory on items exceeding 15GBP/22 euro but given the amount of parcels arriving and the limited time available to process them, hardly all of them are actually going through the clearance process. It is up to the folks from Royal Mail to select the interesting ones (big/heavy parcels, or simply random selections).
    Oh, so whilst VAT is compulsory, there is still a chance that VAT may not be charged if it does not go through the clearance process?

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    Dang... I'm sure glad I'm in Canada.

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    Quote Originally Posted by visor View Post
    Dang... I'm sure glad I'm in Canada.
    Hey they can screw us as well with tax and probably duty. Thankfully rackets are super light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulstewart64 View Post
    The new LYD will not be available until current stocks in Europe have been cleared. Otherwise Victor will be competing with itself which doesn't make sense.

    Expect to see the new colour around September/October.

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    Anybody knows if the difference is only in colors and nothing change from the spec ?

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    I read that it is supposed to be a little lighter since the 1st gen was almost a 2U. Others who weighted theirs will be able to confirm or deny that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendell View Post
    I read that it is supposed to be a little lighter since the 1st gen was almost a 2U. Others who weighted theirs will be able to confirm or deny that.
    That sounds great. I had games for 5 hours straight with my VT80 just now. My shoulder and wrist now are very tired (nearly numb) cause I had more double games. If its true this new Victor LYD is lighter, I will definitely wait and buy the new one

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    It's not any lighter unless it's due to variance. Specs are identical and you can see both on the Victor Global site.
    The N definitely looks sexier!

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    Well, I hope that others will be able to confirm that. It's only what I've read so let's wait if some people around here will show up

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    Old one wasn't always around 2U - just had some variance. What I held in my hands was a normal 3U (86-87ish) and pretty fast. Even a near-2U-LYD will be much quicker than a 3U VT80

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    mine said 92g on handle sticker and 3U on the handle specs. I dont know, maybe 92 means the weight with strings or what. It feels lighter than, e.g. arc11, though you can still feel it's a little head-heavy. and no problem to move around, just a normal feeling of a fast 3U racket. Talking bout old white/gold one )

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    Quote Originally Posted by j4ckie View Post
    Old one wasn't always around 2U - just had some variance. What I held in my hands was a normal 3U (86-87ish) and pretty fast. Even a near-2U-LYD will be much quicker than a 3U VT80
    what do you mean with variance ? I read around and people was saying different 'delivery batch' somehow can have different feel; is that what you meant ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by i800Yoty View Post
    Oh, so whilst VAT is compulsory, there is still a chance that VAT may not be charged if it does not go through the clearance process?
    there is always a chance.

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    Variance should've been variation^^ Although variance makes sense as well.
    It's not so much the batches as a whole but the single rackets that vary in weight. The LYD has had quite a few users (owning several) reporting this, and I've experienced it with the Bs09 as well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by j4ckie View Post
    Variance should've been variation^^ Although variance makes sense as well.
    It's not so much the batches as a whole but the single rackets that vary in weight. The LYD has had quite a few users (owning several) reporting this, and I've experienced it with the Bs09 as well...
    I still dont get it...as far as I know, badminton rackets are mass produced. how could it be possible that a mass production produces different product ?? OMG maybe Victor rackets are produced hand-made ???

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    In every product, there's variation. Apparently you're not familiar with the production process of rackets - a lot of manual labor goes into it (same with every brand). Slight differences in the carbon sheets or paint are responsible for the differences in weight/balance, and no one seems to deem similarity important enough to improve the production process...pros don't care as they just pick the specs they're comfortable with and can give back what they don't like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty777 View Post
    I still dont get it...as far as I know, badminton rackets are mass produced. how could it be possible that a mass production produces different product ?? OMG maybe Victor rackets are produced hand-made ???
    You do realize that all rackets are hand made, right?

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