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sam m
01-08-2002, 09:38 AM
I am in the market for buying a new operating system. I am currently using ME. I am having a few niggly problems which alone does not warrant buying new OS but I am very impressed by the look of XP (yeah I get off on visuals ok). Now, I am only interested in the PRO version and do not want to upgrade, I want the full install.

I have surfed few NZ sites and the price is about $800!!

I go to ebay and the price (already converted and worked out shipping) is $330.

This is (according to the blurb) full version shrink wrapped sealed with all the key codes etc.

I am always wary when someone offers a deal that is "too good to be true" because normally it is. Apart from the obvious risk of buying over the internet is there something about this USA version (if there is such a thing) that means I should stay clear or are we here in New Zealand just being ripped off by those selling a product with such a horrendous mark up.

Has anyone purchased Windows XP over the internet before?

any comments appreciated

cheers
sam m

honeylaser
01-08-2002, 09:46 AM
have you tried TradeMe (http://www.trademe.co.nz)?

honeylaser
01-08-2002, 09:48 AM
http://www.trademe.co.nz/structure/auction_detail.asp?id=1536704
http://www.trademe.co.nz/structure/auction_detail.asp?id=1531541
http://www.trademe.co.nz/structure/auction_detail.asp?id=1523546

Terry Porritt
01-08-2002, 01:56 PM
If you do a Google search on US store prices around US$300 plus or minus, seems to be the retail price for a full boxed version. Remember 'all' software in NZ is somewhat inflated in price, same as overseas books and magazines. It pays to shop around, even find a store that will ship to NZ.

Terry Porritt
01-08-2002, 01:57 PM
If you do a Google search on US store prices around US$300 plus or minus, seems to be the retail price for a full boxed version. Remember 'all' software in NZ is somewhat inflated in price, same as overseas books and magazines. It pays to shop around, even find a store that will ship to NZ.

godfather
01-08-2002, 02:09 PM
US $300 translates to about NZ$720 when you add GST, which you pay when buying retail.

Terry Porritt
01-08-2002, 05:06 PM
Thats about right Godfather, but I havent paid GST yet on one off stuff I've imported privately for my own use.
Some stores are offering OEM XP Pro at about US$133, and others the full boxed version under US$200.

We dont seem to have much price variation here, it seems fixed by MS.

godfather
01-08-2002, 05:42 PM
True, but always assume they may..

searches for Terry Porritt in White Pages site, e-mails to Customs

cadifan
01-08-2002, 06:02 PM
OHMYGOD OHMYGOD OHMYGOD!!!

Don't look, but there's a DOUBLE POSTING on this thread :O

cadifan
01-08-2002, 06:05 PM
It's well known that Kiwi's don't rip people off, they just more then the rest of the world ?:|

Terry Porritt
01-08-2002, 06:20 PM
I know, I know, blush. My connection bombed out just as I was posting, and everything went wrong :(

Should've stayed in bed as the doc ordered, I just wasnt with it at all.

tech_mister
01-08-2002, 11:44 PM
You can get an OEM version for about $400 ,but you must buy some
hardware.

godfather
02-08-2002, 09:47 AM
I notice most versions for sale at ebay etc are "NR", does this mean "non retail"???

honeylaser
02-08-2002, 09:59 AM
NR is auction slang for "no reserve". In Ebays case, this means that the starting price listed is also the reserve price. on NZ auction sites i.e trademe (http://www.trademe.co.nz), NR means the reserve is $0.

(85 + TM feedbacks and counting)

:D