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#228635 15-Jan-2018 15:03
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On the hunt for a new notebook.

 

I noticed some brands selling for substantially less than currency + GST.

 

Ie one notebook is $750 US and sells in NZD for $1900.

 

Is that worth the import?


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  #1939128 15-Jan-2018 15:07
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It's up to you.

 

You will have to pay the GST and IETF fee (about $40 for the IETF), so that would add about $190 (NZ) to the price of just over $1000NZ. Plus freight, which maybe another $50? Still be a good $700ish saving.

 

If something goes wrong, you are on your own (unless it has a global warranty).

 

Power pack shouldn't be an issue, you'll just have to get a NZ cord for the power supply (it should be 100-240V).

 

 


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  #1939148 15-Jan-2018 16:03
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  #1939167 15-Jan-2018 16:30
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Have you looked at Dells?


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  #1939233 15-Jan-2018 17:42
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TeaLeaf:

 

On the hunt for a new notebook.

 

I noticed some brands selling for substantially less than currency + GST.

 

Ie one notebook is $750 US and sells in NZD for $1900.

 

Is that worth the import?

 

 

Only you will know if it's worth the import

 

Also be very careful, usually the specs are not the same.





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  #1939282 15-Jan-2018 18:37
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Short answer - yes. As other have noted, if it's shipped here and over $400NZ (incl shipping), you will likely get pinged for GST and other fees.

 

You could always go for a holiday in Hawaii and bring it back with you, unboxed and used in your backpack. They are unlikely to charge fees then, and the cost differential would more or less pay for the air fares to take the holiday.


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  #1939422 15-Jan-2018 23:13
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I imported a phone from the UK in 2002 (couldn't get that particular Nokia here). I had to pay $100 import duties. It crapped out about a year later and I was rather annoyed as it left me out of pocket (there was no international warranty available for it).


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  #1939459 16-Jan-2018 07:30
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I got a Gigabyte Sabre 15 here, 1060 3GB, 7700HQ with NVME and HDD storage. This was way more spec'd then the american ones that comes with a 1050TI. Asking around 1000USD for those with a smaller NVME SSD and less ram. Checking into the frequencies I can also see that mine had higher frequency DDR4 than the american counterpart.

 

All in all I got my $400 USD of value in there, better GPU, More RAM, Better NVME SSD..

 

It cost me $1400 USD or $2000 NZD. 


 
 
 
 




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  #1939912 16-Jan-2018 16:46
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Coil:

 

I got a Gigabyte Sabre 15 here, 1060 3GB, 7700HQ with NVME and HDD storage.

 

 

Thats about the specs Im looking at, $799 US. But not a high quality machine. Although when you think your getting high quality like the AW 15 R3 when it was released you find out with all the over engineering they got what looked like amazing thermals, wrong. 

 

Havnt made up my mind as Im replacing a 13" and Im quite set on a SurfaceBook. Or maybe an XPS 13. Just love quality displays. 

 

But the 7700HQ would come in very handy for video/photo/sound editing along with the 1060 for COD WW2. 

 

Im in no rush, just wasnt sure if there was more to it than what I thought and it sounds like I was on the money. 

 

Those Sabre machines are good.

 

Im just happy to be out of Apple. We had 10 in the business for a while, all had cables that perished by themselves, feet falling off, fans quitting, overheating. I kept one for the last 4 years but its now sold, its not been too bad and OSX is very easy like its cousin Linux. I like the cartoony feel of the OS. I just wish their hardware had better quality control.


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  #1940019 16-Jan-2018 17:26
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Importing a xiaomi notebook pro 15.6 from gear best using EMS with shipping it cost $850usd

 

Interested to see if I get charged GST should be able to tell you tomorrow as it has arrived in NZ


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  #1941328 17-Jan-2018 10:02
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In the many yrs ago when the cheapest laptop to NZ was more like $1,500 for an entry one, yes I have and paid GST.  That was also a used laptop about $1k NZD.  

 

 

 

More recently with a dSLR again I paid GST.  

 

 

 

I guess if you get them on eBay or Aliexpress or something like that, some of them might declare it lesser but I don't think they can declare it all the way under $400NZ, common sense would pick that up.  




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  #1941483 17-Jan-2018 12:51
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Stan:

 

Importing a xiaomi notebook pro 15.6 from gear best using EMS with shipping it cost $850usd

 

Interested to see if I get charged GST should be able to tell you tomorrow as it has arrived in NZ

 

 

Wow didnt even know Xiaomi dabbled in notebooks.

 

I guess Im looking $500 difference. Im just checking if its international warranty. If it was $200 I wouldnt bother. But $500 is just on the I can be bothered line. Ive noticed with camera gear also the price difference in US is not just currency + gst and import fee. Its often wildly overpriced in NZ stores. Surely they arent paying more tax, so who is making this change into profit for nothing? The Wholesaler? 

 

I know NZ stores hate Parralel Importers and they probably hate Ali Express more. But they need to find out who is causing this price inflation and take over. Id much rather buy from a NZ camera store, but when its 30% cheaper to import, sorry. 10% I could handle. But it should be 0. 

 

We really get taken to town in NZ on electronics. And its not cost of scales or some other random marketing rubbish. There is somebody making a boatload and it should be the Camera Shop but its not.


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  #1941500 17-Jan-2018 13:12
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TeaLeaf:

 

Stan:

 

Importing a xiaomi notebook pro 15.6 from gear best using EMS with shipping it cost $850usd

 

Interested to see if I get charged GST should be able to tell you tomorrow as it has arrived in NZ

 

 

Ive noticed with camera gear also the price difference in US is not just currency + gst and import fee. Its often wildly overpriced in NZ stores. Surely they arent paying more tax, so who is making this change into profit for nothing? The Wholesaler? 

 

 

Prob that Nikon NZ buys so much fewer quantities might not have the purchasing power to get off the JP eg .. manufacturer.  Shopping in JP can be said more expensive say than the USA......  2004 I got a Nikon D70 about the same cost as NZ, yeah..  No warranty, so they had the BGLOD blinking green light of death which I had to ship it back to Japan.  Not convenient but you certainly do still get warranty.  On the way back just tell them to leave your customs certificate in the parcel so you don't get taxed (also photocopy one for yourself here).  You go to the customs office here and get them to witness your device and they will write a certificate form for you date and stamped with the serial number.  

 

 

 

 

 

There are some expensive stores here.  Excluding stuff like film, leica stuff, super telephoto lenses etc etc ... Generally speaking the more common dSLRs and common lenses ie F4 or F2.8 zooms.  The difference might be ~20%.  

 

 

 

I got a Ricoh GR APS-C sensor compact recently used but I got used.  Not everyone's thing.  Basically $850NZ from the USA excluding freight and import GST.  This camera sells between $1,000-1,200NZ locally here with warranty.  Parallel imports are available for around $950.  So $1,000 to $850 isn't that large of a difference.  

 

 

 

I get used stuff now anyway.  A current (new) Nikon 70-200mm F4 $1,400US ($2,000NZ) and maybe $2,200NZ here locally at a authorised Nikon reseller.  

 

 

 

In the past was a lot worst.  I remembered in 2006, a new Nikon F100 film camera, the store here locally $2,000NZ used or $3,0000 new.  In the USA, $999US new.  

 

 

 

If one was heading overseas, you could approach the few stores here that do duty free shopping.  So they deduct 15% GST off and you still get your NZ warranty.  I've also done that to aftershave etc in the past.  So I could just use a local store here than maybe using the more expensive DFS in the airport.  

 

 

 

You also have to remember that a local American buying stuff cheaper while still overall cheaper many Americans pay sales tax that overseas buyers don't.  


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  #1941700 17-Jan-2018 21:18
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TeaLeaf:

 

Stan:

 

Importing a xiaomi notebook pro 15.6 from gear best using EMS with shipping it cost $850usd

 

Interested to see if I get charged GST should be able to tell you tomorrow as it has arrived in NZ

 

 

Wow didnt even know Xiaomi dabbled in notebooks.

 

I guess Im looking $500 difference. Im just checking if its international warranty. If it was $200 I wouldnt bother. But $500 is just on the I can be bothered line. Ive noticed with camera gear also the price difference in US is not just currency + gst and import fee. Its often wildly overpriced in NZ stores. Surely they arent paying more tax, so who is making this change into profit for nothing? The Wholesaler? 

 

I know NZ stores hate Parralel Importers and they probably hate Ali Express more. But they need to find out who is causing this price inflation and take over. Id much rather buy from a NZ camera store, but when its 30% cheaper to import, sorry. 10% I could handle. But it should be 0. 

 

We really get taken to town in NZ on electronics. And its not cost of scales or some other random marketing rubbish. There is somebody making a boatload and it should be the Camera Shop but its not.

 

 

Well I got it and I didn't pay any GST on it. I have to say I have owned alot of laptops and the Xiaomi notebook pro is incredible feels really really nice compared to even the zenbook series, the screen might only be 1080p but its superb. 

 

Warranty is covered by gear best for 1 year no CGA protection but still.




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  #1946504 25-Jan-2018 11:32
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Acer does a 8th Gen i7 and MX150 for $999

 

Asus 14" same config 16GB Ram is $1800

 

The HP Envy Same as the Asus is $2k.

 

Does anyone know where I can buy the new HP Spectre X360 15T from, same as this model;

 

HP Spectre x360-15 Quad Core(8th Gen. Intel i7-8550U, 16GB DDR4, 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD, 4K IPS eDP 3840x2160, NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GDDR5, Windows 10)Bang & Olufsen MS Ink 15.6" Convertible 2-in-1

 

$1600US, seems insane, quad core, 16GB ram, 512GB nvme, 4k touch with 4096 (like the surface book 2), mx150 low wattage GPU. I bet its $3500 here if available.

 

https://www.amazon.com/HP-Spectre-i7-8550U-3840x2160-Convertible/dp/B076QQRWZF




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  #1946507 25-Jan-2018 11:41
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Close but FHD and 12GB Ram, but for $1800 pretty good for NZ, aside from being Silver.

 

https://www.dragonpc.co.nz/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=331599


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