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Topic # 59959 15-Apr-2010 15:19
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Comparing the UK-sourced HTC Desire with the US-sourced Google Nexus One, they appear to be virtually the same price at current exchange rates.....but there is clearly a price advantage to the HTC Desire when all is added up.  

HTC Desire -> Clove's £330 = NZ$715.74
Nexus One -> Google's US$529 = NZ$740.49

Shipping from the US cost me US$45 (DHL) + US$55 (comgateway.com)
Shipping from the UK via Fedex was (reportedly, IIRC) £45-ish

Overall, it looks like an HTC Desire from the UK is cheaper.....though the difference isn't huge: NZ$50-$100 (which isn't trivial, either).  

The GST is definitely different. I'm seeing people here paying about NZ$100 while I paid NZ$149.50 for my Nexus One. 




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  Reply # 318868 15-Apr-2010 15:28
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Sorry....I've counted the US shipping charges twice. They were INCLUDED in the comgateway.com charge of US$55 - not in addition to it. 

So it wasn't US$45 +US$55 - it was just US$55. That compares favourably with the £45 charge from Clove...and helps close the price gap somewhat.

So while the HTC Desire has a small edge, there wouldn't be NZ$50 in it.....unless we better understand why the GST on the UK imports appears to be 66% of what was charged on a US import.   




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  Reply # 319253 16-Apr-2010 10:33
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I look at it that the difference in pricing is a large chunk on the GST.



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  Reply # 319367 16-Apr-2010 13:59
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Kopkiwi: I look at it that the difference in pricing is a large chunk on the GST.


Yeah...but why?

The base amounts are almost the same (NZ$25 apart), yet the GST paid appears to be 30% less ($100 vs $150) if imported from the UK.  




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  Reply # 319404 16-Apr-2010 14:40
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Linuxluver:
Kopkiwi: I look at it that the difference in pricing is a large chunk on the GST.


Yeah...but why?

The base amounts are almost the same (NZ$25 apart), yet the GST paid appears to be 30% less ($100 vs $150) if imported from the UK.  

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Linuxluver:
Kopkiwi: I look at it that the difference in pricing is a large chunk on the GST.


Yeah...but why?

The base amounts are almost the same (NZ$25 apart), yet the GST paid appears to be 30% less ($100 vs $150) if imported from the UK.  

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Linuxluver:
Kopkiwi: I look at it that the difference in pricing is a large chunk on the GST.


Yeah...but why?

The base amounts are almost the same (NZ$25 apart), yet the GST paid appears to be 30% less ($100 vs $150) if imported from the UK.  


Why you ask?

Becuase I only red your first post where you counted the shipping twice



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  Reply # 319427 16-Apr-2010 15:35
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Kopkiwi: 
Why you ask? Becuase I only red your first post where you counted the shipping twice


That would do it...yeah :-)   




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  Reply # 320603 20-Apr-2010 11:38
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The recent increase to the Desire from Clove in the UK, pretty much puts them on par now.

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Hi, would it be cheaper to buy a HTC Desire from this web-http://www.einfo.co.nz/shop/product_info.php?products_id=18309 than Clove UK?

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  Reply # 322154 23-Apr-2010 16:43
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cpm205: Hi, would it be cheaper to buy a HTC Desire from this web-http://www.einfo.co.nz/shop/product_info.php?products_id=18309 than Clove UK?

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It might depend how much value you put on the NZ Consumer Guarantees Act. Personally I like the idea of being able to stand at a counter and eyeball the vendor if something is wrong with a product.

Slightly OT, but it may impact the 'value' of the phone, check which locale the phone is set for.  My Hero, bought here in NZ from a parallel importer, was originally a SE Asian one and didn't have Market access.  I had to root it and load a UK ROM to get Market access.  Obviously not a problem for a phone sourced from the UK.




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cpm205: Hi, would it be cheaper to buy a HTC Desire from this web-http://www.einfo.co.nz/shop/product_info.php?products_id=18309 than Clove UK?

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From Clove you are looking at $764NZD including shipping, plus about $96 in GST. Roughly $860NZD

So about a $120 difference.

 

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  Reply # 324769 29-Apr-2010 15:09
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I see Parallel Imported have jumped on the bandwagon but have the Desire for a $60 more than einfotech (must be the freight difference between Constellation Drive and Sunnybrae Road Undecided). 

Still selling the N1 for $1183.




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