I have been contemplating buying another Stowa watch and wanted to see what I can do to not get charged the 16% VAT taxes since I live in the USA. I know Jorg will sell watches to the USA without VAT, then the buyer is responsible for Customs Taxes that need to be settled with Fed Ex. I realize that Fed-Ex can really clip you on customs, but from asking around it seems that the amount is no where near 16%.
Does anyone in the USA have personal experiance buying from Stowa and not paying the 16% VAT in lieu of handling Custom taxes themselves? If so, how did it turn out?