I want to bring two of my old MacBook Air laptops as gifts for my friend's kids. The laptops are from 2012 and 2015. Looking on used computer websites, they seem to be worth about $200 to $300 each. I also want to bring my own 2015 MacBook Air to do work while in Romania.
I also want to bring two used iPhones as gifts, and again I will have my own personal iPhone as well. All of these iPhones are the 6S Plus model, from 2015. Looking on used phone websites, they seem to be worth about $150 each.
I see this duty-free website, which says that you can import up to €430 of stuff without import tax.
So let's say I declare that the two computers and two phones I'm bringing as gifts are worth a total of €800.
Should I declare €800 worth of gifts? I ask whether to declare at all because I see some websites like this that say computers and phones are duty-free, which which would be nice, but which sounds improbable to me.
I have printed out screenshots from those used computer/phone websites showing the cost of comparable items as proof of their value. Will they ask for or even care about such proof?
I don't know how to do the calculation on what tax to expect. One way is to say I'm allowed to bring in €430 worth of stuff without tax, but I'm bringing in €800 worth of stuff, so the difference is €270, which will be taxed at about 20%, so the total tax will be about €55. Is that likely what will happen?
Should I bring cash to pay the tax, or is it better or even possible to pay by credit card?
Should I worry about corruption (e.g., them charging/pocketing a much higher tax based on them saying the items are worth much more than they actually are)? Are there steps I can take to mitigate this, beyond the website printouts mentioned above?
(By the way, I realize a reasonable answer here might be, "Why don't you just buy used computers and phones for the kids while you're in Romania?" One answer is that I won't be there very long. Also, my friend tells me that it's much harder to buy used electronics safely in Romania. Also, I actually have these extra phones and computers so I'd rather give them than buy others.)