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  Reply # 555229 7-Dec-2011 21:32
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Personally, I'd forgo a full HD projector initially, and invest a decent amount on the screen.
That'll make a big difference to your viewing enjoyment.



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  Reply # 555311 8-Dec-2011 09:03
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That's some great advice, thanks sen8or - it's great to get input from someone who has compared many different projectors... 
I mostly don't notice the rainbow effect on my cousin's DLP that I am borrowing (just a cheaper BenQ), but it is definitely there and it seems like a bit of a compromise to put up with it when LCD does not have the effect at all.

I will keep an eye out for the panasonic models, see if I can pick up one on a cheap deal.

jjnz1 - I would consider that as an option but it just seems like a lot of hassle (waiting times etc.).  I would imagine repair costs would be fairly high as it is specialised - I doubt there would be much competition out there.

Thanks everyone!!




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  Reply # 558080 14-Dec-2011 22:23
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Have anyone bought from here: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Home-Theater-Projectors/ci/2116/N/4294546233

They don't sell Epson's to NZ, but other brands are available and the prices are good...

I too would like to buy locally, but it seems that at the moment the price difference is too big :(

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  Reply # 558082 14-Dec-2011 22:25
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tollo: Have anyone bought from here: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Home-Theater-Projectors/ci/2116/N/4294546233

They don't sell Epson's to NZ, but other brands are available and the prices are good...

I too would like to buy locally, but it seems that at the moment the price difference is too big :(


They are one of the biggest online camera dealers in the US. I have dealt with them before and they are very good. 

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  Reply # 558205 15-Dec-2011 10:43
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Don't forget to add on some rather expensive freight from the US, plus you'll get hit with GST at the border and ofcourse the exchange rate. Add all these plus no NZ warranty and then decide whether or not the risk is worth the savings.


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  Reply # 558248 15-Dec-2011 12:20
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sen8or: Don't forget to add on some rather expensive freight from the US, plus you'll get hit with GST at the border and ofcourse the exchange rate. Add all these plus no NZ warranty and then decide whether or not the risk is worth the savings.



Epson HC8350 from Amazon $1099US.

Free shipping to shipito.

Shipito fee and DHL 3 day freight $135US.

Total $1234US or about $1674NZ (working on .737 US$ bank sell rate)

GST and customs charges $300NZ

Total landed price $1974NZ.

Price in NZ for same projector $3299NZ. You might get it on speacial or bargain them down to about $3K?

This is why so many people import these days.

You could afford to have 3-4 warranty claims before you end up paying the same as you would have done in NZ.               

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  Reply # 558327 15-Dec-2011 14:15
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marmel:
sen8or: Don't forget to add on some rather expensive freight from the US, plus you'll get hit with GST at the border and ofcourse the exchange rate. Add all these plus no NZ warranty and then decide whether or not the risk is worth the savings.



Epson HC8350 from Amazon $1099US.

Free shipping to shipito.

Shipito fee and DHL 3 day freight $135US.

Total $1234US or about $1674NZ (working on .737 US$ bank sell rate)

GST and customs charges $300NZ

Total landed price $1974NZ.

Price in NZ for same projector $3299NZ. You might get it on speacial or bargain them down to about $3K?

This is why so many people import these days.

You could afford to have 3-4 warranty claims before you end up paying the same as you would have done in NZ.               


Good post!

Got me tempted to order one now...

 

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Reply # 558328 15-Dec-2011 14:16
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Ham:
marmel:
sen8or: Don't forget to add on some rather expensive freight from the US, plus you'll get hit with GST at the border and ofcourse the exchange rate. Add all these plus no NZ warranty and then decide whether or not the risk is worth the savings.



Epson HC8350 from Amazon $1099US.

Free shipping to shipito.

Shipito fee and DHL 3 day freight $135US.

Total $1234US or about $1674NZ (working on .737 US$ bank sell rate)

GST and customs charges $300NZ

Total landed price $1974NZ.

Price in NZ for same projector $3299NZ. You might get it on speacial or bargain them down to about $3K?

This is why so many people import these days.

You could afford to have 3-4 warranty claims before you end up paying the same as you would have done in NZ.               


Good post!

Got me tempted to order one now...

 


Ha ha yes, I ordered mine last week .

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  Reply # 558410 15-Dec-2011 18:38
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Yep, I think that the NZ retailers have to rethink the prices...

And about the service, I'm doing a few hours for a company as a professional electronics technician here in NZ and I wouldn't even piss to direction of Panasonic NZ, that's how bad and expensive the "service" is that they give.

Mitsubishi 4000 and Vievsonic Pro8200 on my sight, I tried to bargain with Rapallo, but even the new bargain price I feel like I'm sucker if I buy from them (free shipping and all).

I do understand that it's not easy for the resellers here to compete with the US prices, but it's luckily still a market economy that we have here... Deal with it...

Edit:
The prices in Trade me are a joke.... for new and 2nd hand...

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