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  # 394762 22-Oct-2010 14:29
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I am thinking of picking up a Desire Z. Now I can either get it from mobicity (NZ$ 1119) or expansys.co.nz ($1042 incl shipping). But I am also going to Singapore/Greece/London in December. Would I be better to buy it from NZ or wait and get it in the UK/Singapore?

I am new to buying phones from overseas.

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  # 394763 22-Oct-2010 14:31
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Greekiwi: I am thinking of picking up a Desire Z. Now I can either get it from mobicity (NZ$ 1119) or expansys.co.nz ($1042 incl shipping). But I am also going to Singapore/Greece/London in December. Would I be better to buy it from NZ or wait and get it in the UK/Singapore?

I am new to buying phones from overseas.


Check out whether you can get the VAT refunded at the airport when you leave the UK, might be a good option.

EDIT: Try here http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/vat/sectors/consumers/overseas-visitors.htm

 
 
 
 


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  # 394812 22-Oct-2010 16:36
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Greekiwi: I am thinking of picking up a Desire Z. Now I can either get it from mobicity (NZ$ 1119) or expansys.co.nz ($1042 incl shipping). But I am also going to Singapore/Greece/London in December. Would I be better to buy it from NZ or wait and get it in the UK/Singapore?


I am new to buying phones from overseas.


I'm biased against Mobicity after a not-so-good experience with them but I'd recommend waiting anyway. You may be able to pick one up duty-free in Singapore at a good price although you will need to check the warranty status. London is a good option, especially with the way our exchange rate seems to be holding steady against the GB Pound. You will need to ask for documentation for a VAT refund, which you can get after getting the documentation processed at the airport on departure from either the UK or EU.

UK online-only stores are not generally able to provide VAT refund documents so don't try to buy through an online store if you want it delivered to a UK or EU address. If the store has a retail presence this shouldn't be an issue as retailers do provide the documents when you tell them you need a VAT refund.

Picking a phone up in the UK and getting VAT refunded will be considerably cheaper than importing it into NZ & having to pay GST etc.

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  # 394817 22-Oct-2010 16:51
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Greekiwi: I am thinking of picking up a Desire Z. Now I can either get it from mobicity (NZ$ 1119) or expansys.co.nz ($1042 incl shipping). But I am also going to Singapore/Greece/London in December. Would I be better to buy it from NZ or wait and get it in the UK/Singapore?


I am new to buying phones from overseas.


I'm biased against Mobicity after a not-so-good experience with them but I'd recommend waiting anyway. You may be able to pick one up duty-free in Singapore at a good price although you will need to check the warranty status. London is a good option, especially with the way our exchange rate seems to be holding steady against the GB Pound. You will need to ask for documentation for a VAT refund, which you can get after getting the documentation processed at the airport on departure from either the UK or EU.

UK online-only stores are not generally able to provide VAT refund documents so don't try to buy through an online store if you want it delivered to a UK or EU address. If the store has a retail presence this shouldn't be an issue as retailers do provide the documents when you tell them you need a VAT refund.

Picking a phone up in the UK and getting VAT refunded will be considerably cheaper than importing it into NZ & having to pay GST etc.


Just be aware that if you bring goods into NZ that have a total value of > $700NZ then you are liable for the payment of GST.  It states it on the arrival customs declaration, and you wouldn't want to falsify that.....




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  # 394819 22-Oct-2010 16:53
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Post the box and guff back to yourself.
Carry your phone with you.... EASY



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  # 394829 22-Oct-2010 17:15
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You would very unlucky to be pulled up for it at customs really, especially if you are using the phone already or have it out of the box.

Update: although the law is the law I suppose! 

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  # 394902 22-Oct-2010 22:27
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Greekiwi: I am thinking of picking up a Desire Z. Now I can either get it from mobicity (NZ$ 1119) or expansys.co.nz ($1042 incl shipping). But I am also going to Singapore/Greece/London in December. Would I be better to buy it from NZ or wait and get it in the UK/Singapore?

I am new to buying phones from overseas.


Clove sells it as well.. I just placed my pre-order, it'll be ~$840NZ (ex gst, inc shipping and a flip case)

 
 
 
 


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  # 394911 22-Oct-2010 22:45
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Good review. I check every day for decent video reviews and this is a good one :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-gZO606Wmw





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  # 395303 24-Oct-2010 18:46
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Here's the most concise review I've found so far... it's got me convinced

http://hemorrdroids.net/htc-desire-hd-review/

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  # 395305 24-Oct-2010 18:50
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kyhwana2:
Greekiwi: I am thinking of picking up a Desire Z. Now I can either get it from mobicity (NZ$ 1119) or expansys.co.nz ($1042 incl shipping). But I am also going to Singapore/Greece/London in December. Would I be better to buy it from NZ or wait and get it in the UK/Singapore?

I am new to buying phones from overseas.


Clove sells it as well.. I just placed my pre-order, it'll be ~$840NZ (ex gst, inc shipping and a flip case)


Did they say when they'd have it dispatched?

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  # 395312 24-Oct-2010 19:20
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Not sure if this has been posted but a review of the device:
http://hemorrdroids.net/htc-desire-hd-review/

The two things concerned me:
1) Poor speakers
2) Washed out screen

I could do with a slightly washed out screen but maybe not poor speakers - especially when I like playing music around the house via the phone's in-built speakers (coming from an iPhone user "at the moment").

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  # 395315 24-Oct-2010 19:31
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heavenlywild: Not sure if this has been posted but a review of the device:
http://hemorrdroids.net/htc-desire-hd-review/

The two things concerned me:
1) Poor speakers
2) Washed out screen

I could do with a slightly washed out screen but maybe not poor speakers - especially when I like playing music around the house via the phone's in-built speakers (coming from an iPhone user "at the moment").


a youtube review I saw has a guy raving that the speakers are awesome... he got very excited about the speakers, so not sure who's got it right!

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  # 395317 24-Oct-2010 19:32
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paulchinnz:
Did they say when they'd have it dispatched?


29th of October is the current arrival-at-clove date..

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  # 395349 24-Oct-2010 22:17
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just ordered mine from clove, hopefully I made it in time for next shipping batches... " More stock due 24th and 26th October" is what i read.

I'll let you know when it arrives and if im charged gst etc. b interesting to know what difference in shipping is when you order yours krullos :P

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