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Postby Fool on Wed Jan 02, 2002 3:00 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Anh Minh:
<B>Did he train swallows - or some other birds - to carry the shoes?<P>Albatross-Minh</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Noope and albatrosses don't figure into this one.<P>
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Unless the shoes were made of albatross leather, but that's irrelevant.<P>The merchant transported the shoes by conventional means.
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Postby Fool on Wed Jan 02, 2002 3:02 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Friggin' Cornflakes:
<B>Was he going to Canada with the shoes, because the number of guards on the border are a joke, in which case all he'd have to do is pretty much enter the country at some point other than a highway?<P>(Damn it's hard to fit all that into one question.)</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Nope.
He did have to pass through customs.
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Postby Jaxartes on Wed Jan 02, 2002 3:06 am

When he sold the shoes, did he do so in a special location (within the country) that he chose for tariff-related reasons?
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Postby Fool on Wed Jan 02, 2002 3:06 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by flurf:
<B>i don't think you don't pay tariffs on gift items. did he 'give' all the shoes to his wife, or some such?<P>admittedly, that's of questionable legality, as reselling the gift items afterwards kinda breaks the spirit of the law...<P>oh, happy new year everyone! <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/smile.gif"></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Nope, he didn't have to bend the law.
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Postby Fool on Wed Jan 02, 2002 3:11 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Jaxartes:
<B>When he sold the shoes, did he do so in a special location (within the country) that he chose for tariff-related reasons?</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Nope.
He was able to sell the shoes from his stores or to other stores.
Whichever.
Doesn't matter.
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Postby Fool on Wed Jan 02, 2002 6:06 am

<h1>LATERAL THINKING PUZZLE!</h1><P>Hee hee hee...
What a lurvelly and wunnerful way to start the year!<P>
A retail merchant bought a large quantity of shoes in a foreign country, intending to resell them in his home country. Later, he found out that the tariffs he'd have to pay for importing them would be several times more than what he originally paid for the shoes.<P>How was the merchant <I>legally</I> able to import the shoes at a small fraction of the tariffs he would have had to pay?
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Postby RJ Shep on Wed Jan 02, 2002 7:41 am

Did he route them through a third country, for which the import tarriffs in the destination country are much lower?
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Postby Arkhain on Wed Jan 02, 2002 8:13 am

smuggle? It's not illegal if you don't get caught.<P>...yes, I am new here, but I've been reading for a week prior.
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Postby Jaxartes on Wed Jan 02, 2002 9:41 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Fool:
<B>A retail merchant bought a large quantity of shoes in a foreign country, intending to resell them in his home country. Later, he found out that the tariffs he'd have to pay for importing them would be several times more than what he originally paid for the shoes.<P>How was the merchant <I>legally</I> able to import the shoes at a small fraction of the tariffs he would have had to pay?</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Did he import them as something <I>other</I> than shoes (for example, as leather, or
as exceptionally tough roast beef <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/biggrin.gif">).
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Postby Fuzzymoose on Wed Jan 02, 2002 10:28 am

Don't know much about how this affects import tariffs, but...
Were the shoes originally made in the merchant's home country?
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Postby FilmBuff 2.0 on Wed Jan 02, 2002 11:21 am

He could just make several trips across the border wearing a different pair each time. If he got a friend to help, they could do it twice as fast.
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Postby Fool on Wed Jan 02, 2002 12:04 pm

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by RJ Shep:
<B>Did he route them through a third country, for which the import tarriffs in the destination country are much lower? </B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Nope, he had them shipped from the country they were made to the country where they were to be sold.
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Postby Fool on Wed Jan 02, 2002 12:06 pm

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Jaxartes:
<B> Did he import them as something <I>other</I> than shoes (for example, as leather, or
as exceptionally tough roast beef <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/biggrin.gif">).</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Nope.
He imported them as shoes.
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Postby Fool on Wed Jan 02, 2002 12:08 pm

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by FilmBuff 2.0:
<B>He could just make several trips across the border wearing a different pair each time. If he got a friend to help, they could do it twice as fast.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Nope.
I don't think that would've been much cheaper than just paying the tariffs, but he found a much cheaper way to do it.
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Postby Anh Minh on Wed Jan 02, 2002 12:18 pm

Did he train swallows - or some other birds - to carry the shoes?<P>Albatross-Minh
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Postby Friggin' Cornflakes on Wed Jan 02, 2002 12:46 pm

Was he going to Canada with the shoes, because the number of guards on the border are a joke, in which case all he'd have to do is pretty much enter the country at some point other than a highway?<P>(Damn it's hard to fit all that into one question.)
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Postby flurf on Wed Jan 02, 2002 12:57 pm

i don't think you don't pay tariffs on gift items. did he 'give' all the shoes to his wife, or some such?<P>admittedly, that's of questionable legality, as reselling the gift items afterwards kinda breaks the spirit of the law...<P>oh, happy new year everyone! <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/smile.gif">
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Postby Fool on Thu Jan 03, 2002 4:51 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Arkhain:
<B>smuggle? It's not illegal if you don't get caught.<P>...yes, I am new here, but I've been reading for a week prior.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Nope.
He took them through customs and made no attempt to hide them.<P>
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Postby Fool on Thu Jan 03, 2002 4:53 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Fuzzymoose:
<B>Don't know much about how this affects import tariffs, but...
Were the shoes originally made in the merchant's home country?</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Don't matter.
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Postby Shatteredtower on Thu Jan 03, 2002 6:07 am

Were the shoes intended for adult human feet?
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Postby mothspiral on Thu Jan 03, 2002 6:17 am

Wild guess. <P>He imported the lefts separately from the rights. <P>------------------
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Postby Fool on Thu Jan 03, 2002 6:29 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Shatteredtower:
<B>Were the shoes intended for adult human feet?</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>They were intended to be worn by humans, their age/size doesn't matter.
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Postby Fool on Thu Jan 03, 2002 6:31 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by mothspiral:
<B>Wild guess. <P>He imported the lefts separately from the rights.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>That's better than the domesticated guesses I've seen here so far.
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Postby Wildmartin on Thu Jan 03, 2002 10:18 am

Since he imported them unpaired was he able to say they were for one-legged peoples?
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Postby Jaxartes on Thu Jan 03, 2002 10:23 am

Was the tariff on the shoes the basis of so much per <B>pair</B> of shoes?
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