View Full Version : Buying from USA

19-11-2002, 02:16 PM
I've just been looking at www.pricewatch.com.
And some of the prices there are unreal (yes i've taken in consideration the exchange rate, and shipping) and i was wondering (as i've never bought off the net outside NZ) has anyone purchased PC items from overseas? and if so, did you have any problems?
Or is it better off paying more and getting the same thing from NZ.
thanks for time

19-11-2002, 02:28 PM
> me of the prices there are unreal (yes i've taken in consideration the exchange rate, and shipping)

I'm surprised that it seems to work out cheaper. It did a few years ago, but I don't think that's the case now. Bear in mind that you will be expected to pay GST when it arrives in NZ.

Personally, I would be concerned about faults and returns etc.

Check out www.pricespy.co.nz

Craig Bellhouse
19-11-2002, 02:36 PM
I too would recomend using local sites. That way all import costs and GST is already factored into the cost, and delivery is usually 1 to 2 days. You may find purchasing from the states that shipping is by surface (ie 4 weeks or so), and air being very costly.

I also think that purchasing from NZ is also better in the event you need to return the stuff.

A while ago I had a PC shipped from australia from a relative. When in arrived the HDD had been destroyed by extreme vibration and shock (according to a data recovery specialist), and it took nearly three months of hassle to even get the cost of a new drive from the shipping company. I wouldn't want to try the same thing again.

All in all, supporting local NZ shops is a better and safer alternative.

19-11-2002, 04:25 PM
if u gonna buy from a store. buy it in nz. ie. www.crucial.com at best is just marginally cheaper.

i have only bought from eBay. I choose large sellers who are stores.

choose a good seller.
problems.. well. first things all items i bought were cheaper even if i had to replace some components.

i had a laptop ram that did not work. seller was not too helpful. waited like 2 months and did a c/c chargeback.
bought a laptop used like 6months and LAN pc card had no dongle. although was cheap came with all manuals, box, cds, dock, cd,2 chargers for like $2500nz incl freight + customs, 3yr intl warranty which cd and hdd was replaced this yr within 24hr (2001).
bought 2 jaz drives, isa scsi card, disks and cable for $25US. the scsi was eisa instead but he refunded me $10us.
cellfone battery had one problem said was for 5110 - i have 6210. in middle of making call the battery builtin vibrate goes off. sold to someone who has a 5110 and they said sweet - doh know.
generic data cable for cellfone to laptop was dodgy worked w/ some s/w and not others. well it worked with the main nokia s/w so no prob for me.

webcam, cdrw, 1st laptop, backpack, dvd card (for friend), dvd drive, cellfone, laptop port replicator (old laptop) had no problems.

i would choose ebay since it has feedbacks and such so you can tell their reputation. u also avoid stores which charges fedex or ups only shipping + more for their personal handling costs.
note: when goods arrive into auckland they hold onto them and make u pay 12.5% gst b4 they ship them to you. if gst is less than 50nz they will not bother. lately delivery been improved like delivery time of 4 business days. used to be like 10-12 business days.

its a personal decision. c/c payments yields 15% more but u get chargeback option. bank draft/wire transfers are cheaper but no protection. FX cash =1.91, c/c = 2.15

19-11-2002, 04:28 PM
no it was 6 weeks used.
was a high end model wif options of dock and cd-rom NZ costed $5,500 ex. GST and freight.


19-11-2002, 04:36 PM
laptops, possibly palms??, 35mm professional cameras are good. since they have intl manufacturer warranties. the nikon f100 retails for $1000us, here is $3,700nz. if it breaks down jus take it to ur local camera store and they will fix it.

computer parts, i do not think so....
but i am a gambler. put it this way if one breaks down in 12months you have not lost out since the warranty is only 12months. but another in the unlikely event u will just pay like $300 more. if it does not break down u will benefit.