Purchase S2Pro in Oz or US?

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Genuine, Oct 3, 2003.

  1. Genuine

    Genuine Guest

    As per the earlier post, you will get GST Back, plus warranty.

    Also, if you buy from USA, prices shown/Quoted do not include Taxes as far
    as i know. So there will be extra X% tax on the quoted price in USA.

    So, my suggestion is to by locally

    G
     
    Genuine, Oct 3, 2003
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  2. Genuine

    Peter Guest

    Hi All,
    I am headed off to the US for up to 6 months, and as a treat I am
    thinking of buying a s2pro. But I am not sure whether to buy here or
    there. I was in Vanbar (Carlton) yesterday and they offered my about
    $2600 with no haggling at all. I just checked on the net for some
    shops in the US and found the following (based on a rough 0.67
    conversion rate):

    B&H $AUD2900
    Adorama $AUD2650
    42nd Street $AUD2400 (lowest price I could find)

    So it seems as if I am not going to get a major price advantage from
    buying in the US, given that I could also knock some duty off the
    Vanbar price.

    I tried hunting up a few Oz based stores, but could not see anything
    better than Vanbar.

    So can anyone give me a compelling reason to buy in either country?
    Or perhaps a better price in Oz?

    Alternatively, given that I am leaving in 3 weeks time, does anyone
    reccommend a reputable dealer in say Hong Kong etc that they would
    swear by, and who could deliver the goods in time?

    Regards
    Peter
     
    Peter, Oct 3, 2003
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  3. Peter,

    My advice is purchase your S2 here in Australia, especially if after sales
    service and warranty are important to you. If purchased within 30 days of
    travelling OS, just produce your tax invoice with presentation of the goods
    at the airport on departure and you can get back the GST you paid on the on
    the purchase price. This will make the $2600 somewhat more attractive.

    On the other hand the US version comes with the Hyper-Utility camera
    shooting software and the much superior EX RAW converter software as part of
    the deal which retails in Oz for about the $300 mark. (I would advise
    checking if this is still the case). The Oz version does not have this
    software bundled, only the standard FinePix Viewer, Adobe PhotoShop
    Elements and somewhat limited capability LE RAW file converter.

    If you don't intend to do much RAW mode shooting, or have the need to
    control the camera from a PC via a IEEE1394 connection, then you will find
    limited value in the Hyper-Utility and EX software.

    BTW, an excellent choice of DSLR. I'm pretty happy with mine. Just make
    sure the optics you choose are up to the quality of the camera. You WILL
    notice the difference....

    Cheers,
    Alan
     
    Alan Rutlidge, Oct 4, 2003
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  4. Genuine

    Peter Guest

    On the other hand the US version comes with the Hyper-Utility camera
    Damn that sounds not fair Alan. I am a big sucker for good software,
    so I will have to check what is supplied before I buy.

    Peter
     
    Peter, Oct 4, 2003
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  5. Genuine

    Peter Guest

    Yep the yanks don't quote local sales tax on their prices, (and I
    have lived there long enough previously to understand their system).
    But if you buy via interstate mail order then the retailer doesn't
    charge you his local state sales tax. Theoretically if you are a US
    tax payer, you are supposed to file every year stating how much you
    spent on goods from interstate, so that you can be taxed in your own
    state at the appropriate rate. But as you can imagine not that many
    people do .. lol

    Warranty is also an interesting issue for me, as I will be spending a
    lot of 2004 out of Oz, so having a local warranty bound to here may be
    a hinderance to me. I have had friends mention ensuring I get a
    factory warranty that would be respected no matter where I am, but I
    am not clued up on that, so it is another issue for me to research.

    It may be in my interests to have a warranty that would service me
    over the critical first feew months of ownership, where manufacturing
    problems are more likely to arise.

    Peter
     
    Peter, Oct 4, 2003
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  6. Genuine

    koob Guest

    Originally posted by Peter

    Warranty is also an interesting issue for me, as I will be spending a
    lot of 2004 out of Oz, so having a local warranty bound to here may be
    a hinderance to me. I have had friends mention ensuring I get a
    factory warranty that would be respected no matter where I am, but I am
    not clued up on that, so it is another issue for me to research.

    It may be in my interests to have a warranty that would service me over
    the critical first feew months of ownership, where manufacturing
    problems are more likely to arise.

    Peter

    Couldn't agree with you more Peter. I was actually going to bring this
    issue up with you. Faults and problems with digital cameras are far
    more likely to arise in the first couple months - as you mentioned. As
    far as I know, digital camera warranties are bound by the country in
    which they were bought. So if that's the case, you'd be much better off
    concerning the warranty if you bought it in the US. If not, you have to
    weigh up the costs involved should something go wrong.

    KB
     
    koob, Oct 4, 2003
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