I am in the US and thinking about making a significant purchase from the UK via eBay.co.uk from a private seller. The eBay listing says that 17.5% VAT is included in the price - does that mean that there's any way I can get the VAT refunded? The seller belongs to a "business" of sorts and is selling a few assets but is not usually a retail merchant so I don't know if he will know how to provide the forms that I've sometimes seen available for VAT refunds in the EU when shopping. Or would eBay somehow be able to help me with this? I am also wondering if anyone knows how customs charges are usually calculated on goods coming from Europe. I have tried looking up some websites to find out answers to these questions but it's like a quagmire. I just would like a simple answer which doesn't have to be exact but would give me a rough idea - surely somebody out there has had some experience with this? Thanks so much for your help!