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Posted: Sun Aug 14, 2005 1:06 pm 
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Hello again
I've found all these lovely Alpine Type R speakers and subwoofers, not to mention the amps that drive them, on eBay for pretty much half the retail price. The seller says the items get shipped over from asia, and my concern is that if i buy this stuff, i'll be stuck with a huge customs/duty fee just to get them into the country. What's everyone's thoughts on this? Is it a worthwhile endeavour, or should i forget about it?

Here's the links to help you guys see:

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Alpine-MRV-F545-Amplifier-2005-Car-Audio-RRP899_W0QQitemZ5796355371QQcategoryZ3292QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/2-x-Alpine-Type-R-12-SWR-1242D-BRAND-NEW_W0QQitemZ5796588578QQcategoryZ3292QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ALPINE-SPR-17LS-Type-R-6-1-2-Component-2-way-Speaker_W0QQitemZ5795773206QQcategoryZ3292QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ALPINE-SPR-17LP-Type-R-6-1-2-Coaxial-2-way-Speaker_W0QQitemZ5796102423QQcategoryZ3292QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Thanks guys, your help will be much appreciated.

 

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Posted: Sun Aug 14, 2005 1:13 pm 
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not too sure about customs/fees, but just remember, grey import=no warranty

 

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Posted: Sun Aug 14, 2005 1:42 pm 
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Well some of those links say "Full Warranty" but i assume you'd have to fly over to somewhere in asia to claim on it :) The warranty i can live without, because i take care of my things, but it's the customs fees i'm so f**king worried about. The system i wanted would cost $3972.00 here, but thanks to ebay's wheeling and dealing, it'll cost $2116.00 if i use these guys. Have a look at the links, and please let me know what you think.

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Posted: Sun Aug 14, 2005 1:56 pm 
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shoony wrote:
Well some of those links say "Full Warranty" but i assume you'd have to fly over to somewhere in asia to claim on it :) The warranty i can live without, because i take care of my things,


Taking care of your things as nothing to do with the warranty.
Warranty isnt there to cover things that you do, it's there to cover manufacturing faults and the like. If you buy it and it is faulty through no fault of your own then the warranty will cover it. But if there is no warranty your stuck with $2000 worth of crap... :?

 

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Posted: Sun Aug 14, 2005 2:16 pm 
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aussie car audio seem to sell alot of gear and do have a really high possitive feed back score!
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Posted: Sun Aug 14, 2005 3:15 pm 
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True, there is a fair amount of luck involved as to receiving the goods in undamaged condition, and i'd certainly not want to waste $2000, but then again, if it is all in working order, and there are no customs fees, then i'd be SAVING $2000 by not buying retail here. But yeah, keep the comments coming, i want to get a lot of feedback before i make a decision either way.
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Posted: Sun Aug 14, 2005 9:10 pm 
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anything over $500 will incur a fair amount of customs dute + gst as well will prob be over $100 ontop of the price
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Posted: Sun Aug 14, 2005 10:24 pm 
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Are you sure the limit is 500? Some of my mates think it's 1000, but either way, i suppose i could send each component to one of my mates under their name, hence each part wouldn't incur a fee. That seems to be the best option at the mo... :?

 

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Posted: Sun Aug 14, 2005 11:47 pm 
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shoony wrote:
True, there is a fair amount of luck involved as to receiving the goods in undamaged condition, and i'd certainly not want to waste $2000, but then again, if it is all in working order, and there are no customs fees, then i'd be SAVING $2000 by not buying retail here. But yeah, keep the comments coming, i want to get a lot of feedback before i make a decision either way.
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Yeh exactly you'd save a packet! But it's also a bit of a gamble. Good luck to ya anyway mate :wink:

 

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Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2005 5:35 pm 
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There wouldn't be customs involved at all would there? The company itself is in Australia isn't it? You're buying from them, not technically buying from Asia. I might be wrong though.............
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Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2005 7:45 pm 
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i have bought from aussie car audio

an alpine 9855 head deck cost me $600ish and a 6 disk alpine mp3 cd changer $300 ish if i had bought it from my local car audio shop it would have been $2000ish

it cost 45 postage and handle i did not pay any customs fees.

it works well and i have had no probs with it.

 

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Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2005 10:52 pm 
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Sweet, thanks deano, certainly gives me something to think about, knowing there's a real-life satisfied customer out there. Surely Alpine can't be too happy about a company selling their stuff so dirt cheap? I wonder how legal this company is :twisted:

 

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Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2005 12:43 am 
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pfffft
i got all my s**t on ebay from asian and american locales, no taxes no import duties and s**t not a scratch on the boxes, and warranties will still work if u mail it to the country it came from.


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