I recently ordered some books from Packt Publishers from their website. They outsourced the printing to a company called Lightning Source who shipped the books through UPS transport. Original invoice amount for books was Rs. 9236 plus shipping charges of Rs. 550. The Packt FAQ mentions no more extra charges for India (See FAQ screenshot). However, UPS courier charged Rs. 5790 extra, which is around 62 percent extra over the original amount of Rs. 9236.
Is GST applicable for the import of printed books? Going through internet pages I thought it was NIL, until UPS.com courier company and PacktPub publishers convinced me otherwise. Yes, these GST rules are a bit confusing for a common man. Continue reading if you want to understand what I mean.
Going through below public links I had the misconception that there is no GST for books and the HSN code 4901 support it.
Is this one of the biggest scam in e-commerce industry from Amazon in the recent days? Amazon India, like many other e-commerce providers, allow you to gift wrap your item for a nominal fee. How many of you actually check with the recipient if they actually got it in gift wrap. Will the recipient ever complain?
Samsung had published special prizing for mobiles on the Samsung byod website and it was till Dec 6th. I was just trying to buy it in last moment. Unfortunately the prizes were reverted back to regular offers not at 12, BUT 10 minutes before at 11.30 PM. Hence I lost the deals. I took a screenshot anyway. Was this a technical glitch or a purposeful cheating? I am waiting for a reply from Samsung.