USA... lucky

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by adam, Jul 21, 2003.

  1. adam

    adam Guest

    I've seen lots of people state that the USA is cheaper for photographic
    equipment then us. But I haven't seen why this is so.

    eg... Canon Elan 7E, (Canon EOS 30)
    Adorama: ~$600
    DCC: ~$900

    So, why is it this way? Has it always been like this?

    Also, has anyone bought from Adorama or B&H?

    adam, Jul 21, 2003
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  2. adam

    Mark Guest

    I have purchased many things from Adorama and Delta international
    including 2x $800US (saving over $1000 AUS on each ! lens) and have not
    had any problems - they are easy
    to deal with and Delta had delivery within 4 days.
    Mark, Jul 21, 2003
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  3. adam

    Dunco Guest

    Also be wary of the Tax you will habe to pay when your item reaches our
    shores. It can be quite significant, depending on what you purchased
    the item for. You can always tell the seller to put down cost $100 on
    his declaration and that it is a gift !!!
    Dunco, Jul 22, 2003
  4. adam

    John Guest

    Through which establishment did you purchase? Any tips?
    John, Jul 22, 2003
  5. adam

    Mark Guest

    I purchased from both Adorama and Delta - both very helpful and easy
    to deal with on line . Best to check postal cost and compare (can do on
    there web sites)
    this if items of similar price. With lens and cameras you don't need to get
    USA model
    but go for the cheaper grey market one as this is actually our market anyway
    i.e.: non US
    Delta is only US Grey market where Adorama are a mix - I simply purchased
    from the cheaper
    one at the time. I have purchased 2 lens from Delta and many accessories
    such as TC
    from Adorama.

    Mark, Jul 23, 2003
  6. adam

    Lisa Duskis Guest

    although it doesn't affect sales to australia, but since moving to the US (I
    used to live in Perth till I got married to some Californicator), the price
    isn't the total price.

    add to that tax.

    In maine (where I live) I add an additional 5% onto the item. In New york
    (where adorama and B+H are located) the state sales tax is 4%, and then
    there is a city/county tax ranging from 0-4.5%, so effectively, if you're in
    new york, you could be paying 8% tax on the item - and that doesn't get
    calculated until you check out.

    the joys of living in America. I still haven't gotten used to that.

    But you don't have to worry about that - i'm just trying to give some
    perspective on how much things cost ;) it isn't as cheap as you think. I
    remember going through mississippi and getting slapped 13% on a value meal
    from burger king.

    -- L
    Lisa Duskis, Jul 24, 2003
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