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So LJ readers, I leave it in your hands (almost). Should I buy an LCD screen while in the UK, to take back to Brazil?

Pros

It's at LEAST 50% cheaper than in Brazil

Cons

I risk taking it in the suitcase, albeit a hard case
If I get caught by customs I may have to pay the 95% duty

Should I buy an LCD screen in the UK?

Yes, definitely!
5(25.0%)
Yes, perhaps
5(25.0%)
No, I don't think so
5(25.0%)
No, definitely not
2(10.0%)
Don't know
3(15.0%)
Or something else (post in discussion)
0(0.0%)


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Ouch. We'll I suppose it's worth the gamble then if you are prepared to pay the penalty if caught. There's not any chance of prosecution or anything that would give you a criminal record is there? Just fines?

As for damage to the LCD, if you wrap it really well in towels and clothes, I think it will travel quite well. I have a 19", and it's so light and compact. It shouldn't make the case seem unusually heavy or anything.

Just paying the duty I think. It may even involve some backhander to the customs police, I've heard they're totally corrupt, at least with importing lots of goods by sea. Maybe I'll even get away with it by pretending it's secondhand. There won't be any packaging or manuals.

So far I've been through customs twice without being stopped, but we all know Sods Law...

I'm going to put the screen in the top half of a hard shell type suitcase, wrapped in bubble wrap and surrounded by clothes. It's about the best I can think to protect it. I agree that it should travel OK, albeit a slight risk. Certainly better than a CRT.

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