Change in duty for online shoppers
Buying stuff online is great. Provided it comes when it's supposed to (I'm looking at you Play.com), it's a wonderful modern invention. Sit on your arse, press some buttons and wait for someone else to bring it to your house. It saves getting stuck behind dawdlers in the street and dealing with shit-eating grinners who pounce on you the minute you walk into a shop with a "Can I help you?"
Now, those of us in the UK can spend more money (provided you've got more money to spend) on the internet from stores in non-EU countries before being charged duty.
HM Revenue and Customs previously had a £120 threshold, but now, that's been upped. Items bought online will be charged customs duty if the value is above £135.
For the smokers amongst you (can I have twos on that?), you can now bring as many tabs in as you like (for personal use, naturally) into these shores from Bulgaria, Romania, Lithuania and Estonia. These changes came into effect at the turn of the New Year and will also allow people to bring higher value items with them to the UK without paying customs duty or VAT.
What about booze? Well, travellers from outside the EU can bring one litre of spirits or liqueurs that are over 22% proof. Or, if you prefer, two litres of fortified wine (port, sherry, Mad Dog 20/20) or sparkling wine. For the dart players, you can bring in 16 litres of beer, four litres of still wine, and 200 cigarettes (or 100 cigarillos).
In short, let's get wrecked.