Semantics. "Not bought through an officially sanctioned channel"
I buy a lot of small stuff from China but am generally wary of major purchases. I did buy a $600 notebook from Amazon, but only because it was the only one that ticked all my boxes and it was not available any other way. A couple months after I got it, the mousepad started acting up. At the moment it's not too bad. It comes and goes, staying just this side of intolerable. I would have preferred to buy the computer here, but I couldn't find one. Availability is also often an issue with New Zealand.
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I buy parallel imported or direct import when I cannot buy locally.
Very often by the time you pay postage and, if applicable, GST, the savings are not significant enough to bother otherwise.
I don't see parallel or direct importing as a way to save money.
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joker97: People always have two choices.
Buy something with support and warranty.
Buy something with no/poor/hassle/difficult support.
Whether imported or not is usually not the main factor.
Agreed. I only buy the parallel / direct import if it is a device 'I MUST HAVE'...and no one sells it locally. Otherwise, I'm PB Tech or similar....so I have a place I can to with a defective thing.
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Just wondering how the RMA is going/went OP?
Steve, is this still for sale?