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  # 2128533 17-Nov-2018 15:22
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sbiddle:

 

jeeg:

 

I just asked amazon why I'm not getting the free shipping then they waived shipping fees on my order. ymmv

 

 

Why would you expect free shipping? That promo finished a few months ago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Their Black Friday deal literally says Free Shipping with no minimum purchase. Although I assume it's for US only, but they honored it for me anyway,


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  # 2128549 17-Nov-2018 16:17
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SpartanVXL: Actually looking into it a bit further it really depends on the generation of hue you get. Hue lux seems incompatible but gen2 or 3 Hue can work in 220-240v, might not get as dim or have the same lifetime expectancy https://diysmarthomeguide.com/buying-philips-hue-220v/

 

no idea on the 110 vs 240v but its worth paying a little extra for the Gen 3 bulbs.  The colors are better, greens and reds I think.

 

I've been buying them up when they come up on Amazon on special, but that US$25 is the cheapest I've ever seen them, but now have them everywhere in the house :)


 
 
 
 


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  # 2128598 17-Nov-2018 19:58
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So you are using Hue's from the US in NZ, are you?
Do you know if it says 240V on them?

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  # 2131941 22-Nov-2018 15:02
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Any chance anyone happens to be in the USA and willing to bring back a couple of smallish packages for me? :)

 

Mostly some cables and perhaps an Amazon Show Gen2


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  # 2132327 23-Nov-2018 04:03
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Batman: Looking for 8tb or larger hdd, and 2TB ssd that is not intel 760p

 

SanDisk 2TB Ultra 3D NAND SATA III SSD - 2.5-inch Solid State Drive - SDSSDH3-2T00-G25 is US $255.99 so slightly more than the 760p but not QLC if you need greater performance after saturating the SLC cache or whatever. Also SATA. Today only expiring in about 17 hours I presume midnight PST so 9 pm NZDT. Cheapest shipping is $5.53.

 

Puts it very close to the NZ$400 threshold, NZD 399.21 with Amazon's exchange rate so not surprisingly they'll take the fees deposit. Hopefully you'll get it back. Although your card may have a better rate I wonder if it may be safer to use Amazon's conversion as I guess they may invoice the real NZD you paid them? With the way Amazon's new import fee deposit system works, I don't think you are really give the opportunity to try to prove to NZ customs that you paid under the threshold if their initial assessment is it's over since it's imply paid by whoever is taking care of it for Amazon from your deposit. 


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  # 2132395 23-Nov-2018 08:54
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Nil Einne:

 

Batman: Looking for 8tb or larger hdd, and 2TB ssd that is not intel 760p

 

SanDisk 2TB Ultra 3D NAND SATA III SSD - 2.5-inch Solid State Drive - SDSSDH3-2T00-G25 is US $255.99 so slightly more than the 760p but not QLC if you need greater performance after saturating the SLC cache or whatever. Also SATA. Today only expiring in about 17 hours I presume midnight PST so 9 pm NZDT. Cheapest shipping is $5.53.

 

Puts it very close to the NZ$400 threshold, NZD 399.21 with Amazon's exchange rate so not surprisingly they'll take the fees deposit. Hopefully you'll get it back. Although your card may have a better rate I wonder if it may be safer to use Amazon's conversion as I guess they may invoice the real NZD you paid them? With the way Amazon's new import fee deposit system works, I don't think you are really give the opportunity to try to prove to NZ customs that you paid under the threshold if their initial assessment is it's over since it's imply paid by whoever is taking care of it for Amazon from your deposit. 

 

 

If you have a Kiwibank credit card, I'd pay in USD, even after fees it's about 3-6 dollars cheaper then Amazons NZD price.


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  # 2132411 23-Nov-2018 09:20
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TechnoGuy001:

 

If you have a Kiwibank credit card, I'd pay in USD, even after fees it's about 3-6 dollars cheaper then Amazons NZD price.

 

 

Yes most credit card rates should be cheaper than Amazon's rate. The point is the minor savings don't seem to help you when you pay NZD 90++ in GST plus clearance fees. If Amazon bills you in NZD hopefully they will report this rate to customs and it will satisfy them that it's under NZD 60 tax due. (I don't think anyone has ever confirmed what Amazon does other than the fact they do charge you the deposit if it's close even if you pay NZD, unlike NewEgg for example.) 

 

If they bill you in USD they may be more likely to report the USD price to customs. If customs then use an exchange rate which means NZD 60 or more tax is due and since AFAIK this is dealt with on your behalf without your input, you have no chance to demonstrate to customs that you paid less than NZD400 and you'll only know when you get no refund from Amazon on the deposit. So for once it might be better to use Amazon's rate even if it's crap compared to the rate most credit cards will offer. (Provided the total ends up under NZD400 which it did when I checked.)

 

You will also potentially lose some of the savings compared to your credit card rate on the refund you'll hopefully be getting although it's probably not enough to make up for the difference. (Assuming no change in the exchange rates which is probably the best assumption since if you can definitely predict future exchange rates you should be making money in the forex market, you'll generally be hit by some fees for the refund so it'll be less than what you paid.) 


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