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Posted 11 October 2012 - 04:20 PM

Hi PriceSpy!

I've always wondered why nobody ever mentioned purchasing a laptop from overseas when NZ gaming laptops are way overpriced.

I'm currently looking at a gaming laptop at around $1k USD. (Free US shipping)
http://www.powernote...hp?special=1340

Considering shipping using myUS.com, we add $200 USD (Overestimating at 20lbs, 50x50x50 cm and standard)

So now we have $1.2k USD, which is approximately $1470 NZD.

Now add 15% GST, we have $1690.

Still within my budget and a very good price for the specs.

Think I missed anything?
Only concern would probably be warranty issues (fingers crossed :rolleyes: ). But other than that I don't see why not?

What do you think?

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 04:26 PM

Would like to add that computer/laptops do not have duty rates. Only GST is payable

By what it says below, it might even be possible to not get the shipping fee counted?
NVM only applies to "Oversea to Oversea shipping"

Transaction value

The transaction value is the price paid or payable for the imported goods, with certain additions and deductions.
Additions to the price paid or payable for the goods include:

  • Commissions.
  • Packing costs.
  • Assists (materials supplied by the buyer).
  • Proceeds of resale accruing to the seller.
  • Foreign inland freight charges (paid to or for the benefit of the seller).
  • Royalties.
  • Licence fees.
Possible deductions include:
  • Overseas freight and insurance charges (to the extent that they are included in the price paid or payable) are deducted to establish the transaction value.



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Posted 11 October 2012 - 06:10 PM

Hi PriceSpy!

I've always wondered why nobody ever mentioned purchasing a laptop from overseas when NZ gaming laptops are way overpriced.

I'm currently looking at a gaming laptop at around $1k USD. (Free US shipping)
http://www.powernote...hp?special=1340

Considering shipping using myUS.com, we add $200 USD (Overestimating at 20lbs, 50x50x50 cm and standard)

So now we have $1.2k USD, which is approximately $1470 NZD.

Now add 15% GST, we have $1690.

Still within my budget and a very good price for the specs.

Think I missed anything?
Only concern would probably be warranty issues (fingers crossed :rolleyes: ). But other than that I don't see why not?

What do you think?

Well, you don't have an operating system. But that probably won't be too major.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 08:28 PM

* There is a charge by NZ Customs of $NZ 38.07 for every imported item.
It is called an 'Import Transaction Fee" being: $33.10+GST = $38.07
It is waived if the total charges including any Tariff, and GST is less than $60 - ie. " They just dont collect it."
Although there is no tariff on Computer items, the 38.07 will be charged in your case.
** As you are aware GST is also added to the freight cost/s.
*** In some circumstances there may be a broker fee.

**** If NZ Customs hold your item until you have paid the "Import Transaction Fee", which they will unless prepaid, they may add a "Disbursement Fee" of $8.70-+GST = $10.00

Good luck with your purchase.
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Posted 11 October 2012 - 08:50 PM

i think if the total price is greater than 400nzd they will charge gst
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Posted 11 October 2012 - 10:25 PM

Thanks for your info damystery1, I'll look into it.

Regarding OS, I've got W7 ultimate from SPARK so no worries ;)

Has anyone purchased something from the US and had to pay customs? It'd be good if someone can share their experience! Thanks :)
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 03:52 AM

A lot of the fees are not applies when items arrive via the postal system (USPS) from the USA, reason is that even parcels are treated as regular mail. I was at an international custom's operator conference this summer and learned that only about 8% of dutiable packages traveling out of the USA are actually stopped and checked by international customs on average.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 07:13 AM

Thanks Martin.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 08:57 AM

i think if the total price is greater than 400nzd they will charge gst

Well, they don't bother collecting anything unless the total amount to be collected is over $60. Hence the $400 thing.
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 01:14 PM

Also just be aware that NZPost have a new US shipping service.
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 04:24 PM

Yeap! But they do charge more..

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 09:15 PM

Yeap! But they do charge more..


Oh really? I guess it is safer...

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Posted 17 April 2018 - 08:03 AM

What carrier for shipping do you use and days for shipment please? Where is the package being sent to? New Zealand right? Thanks again!



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Posted 17 April 2018 - 12:59 PM

Not sure you will get a response, this post if 6 years old.  :/






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