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gipi23
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Posted Fri Nov 9, 2012 7:19AM
Buying a camera from the USA, having it shipped to the UK, yes or no?
And if, apart from Adorama and B&H, any other reasonable online shop?
esp_imaging
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Posted Fri Nov 9, 2012 7:54AM
Yes or no partly depends on your willingness to take a risk if something goes wrong.
If you don't have a UK warrantly with a UK dealer for a purchase covered by UK law and your product develops a fault, you are likely to have more issues getting it sorted, e.g. time, shipping expense, risk of the dealer refusing to take responsibility etc.
gipi23
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Posted Fri Nov 9, 2012 8:06AM
Ok, apart from the obvious risk as you've mentioned [touching the wood, I've had D50, D300 for 3-4 years, worked perfectly well], is there anything I need to be aware of, or I can just go ahead and buy it?
PS. Is it possible to purchase world-wide warranty when buying a camera in the USA?
esp_imaging
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Posted Fri Nov 9, 2012 8:12AM
Posted By gipi23:

PS. Is it possible to purchase world-wide warranty when buying a camera in the USA?

This is quite specific, you will need to ask your chosen retailer.
Feverstockphoto
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Posted Fri Nov 9, 2012 8:15AM

I got a camera from US and they tried to sell me extras, then when i received the camera they had sent the wrong one. It was next model down. After phoning them they tried to convince me to keep it and agin tried to scam me with extras. I sent it back and got refund.


One of the best places i have used several times is online Ebay from Hong Kong DigitalRev  http://stores.ebay.co.uk/DigitalRev-Pro-Camera-Shop?_trksid=p2047675.l2563
CHBD
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Posted Fri Nov 9, 2012 8:18AM
IMHO I would not bother with it, just checked Nikon D600 body only on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk and compared savings using today conversion, IMHO savings of 200$ roughly 125 pounds is not worth the hassle that you can encounter later if anything goes wrong, I know that 200$ is quite a large amount but looking at the possible expenses it is not worth the gamble and aggravation.
vandervelden
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Posted Fri Nov 9, 2012 9:14AM
DigitalRev.com offers a local (UK) warranty. I've used them before with no problem whatsoever and a BIG saving.
Feverstockphoto
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Posted Fri Nov 9, 2012 9:33AM
Posted By vandervelden:
DigitalRev.com offers a local (UK) warranty. I've used them before with no problem whatsoever and a BIG saving.

Yep and they also have items that are posted from within the UK (London) with no import tax to consider. But their Hong Kong prices can sometimes work out even cheaper even with import taxes .
gipi23
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Posted Fri Nov 9, 2012 12:02PM
http://www.adorama.com/INKD600KA.html
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http://www.digitalrev.com/product/nikon-d600-dslr-body/MTAwMTM2Mg_A_A
that's about that. have to make my mind up. thanks folks. would love D800, but is way out of my budget [with extras to go by]
IQ should be fine, though
gipi23
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Posted Sat Nov 17, 2012 9:14AM
So if I pay $2170, what is it going to be in Euros [slovakia based], or how do I calculate that up? DigiRev costs approx 1900Euros [card included], so I'd like to know what the difference really is [price in Slovakia is 2000 euro]
Feverstockphoto
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Posted Sat Nov 17, 2012 9:23AM
http://www.xe.com/ucc/ Try this. May be more than straight conversion shown. Also don't forget warranty, import tax....

(Edited on 2012-11-17 09:28:58 by Feverstockphoto)
gipi23
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Posted Sat Nov 17, 2012 11:07AM
Would I have to pay the import tax if I had it delivered to the UK? If so, it would not make sense to buy it the US, but maybe buy it through the DigiRev, within UK no tax [am I right to believe there would be no tax in Slovakia, or how to I find out, since shipping is free?]
LeeAnnWhite
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Posted Sat Nov 17, 2012 5:28PM
Posted By gipi23:
http://www.adorama.com/INKD600KA.html
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http://www.digitalrev.com/product/nikon-d600-dslr-body/MTAwMTM2Mg_A_A
that's about that. have to make my mind up. thanks folks. would love D800, but is way out of my budget [with extras to go by]
IQ should be fine, though

So you're looking at getting a D600?  I just wanted to chime in to say that I just got the new D600 about 2 1/2 weeks ago (from B & H) and I am in the US.  Although I like the camera (still getting used to it) I have found that there are a LOT of sensor spots on it and I just discovered that I am not alone.  Apparently this was mentioned on dpreview.com in a review they just did of the D600.  The spots are oil spots of some sort and the only resolution is a wet clean.  (There is a thread here about sensor spots on the D800 and that's where I discovered that the D600 has the same problem.)   I don't know yet how I am going to get this resolved - I will start by calling B & H when they reopen either tomorrow or Monday.  But for this reason, if I were you I wouldn't want to order something from overseas and then have to deal with some sort of crazy issue like this.  I don't know where they will send me to get it fixed...  I have always been happy with B & H in the past so I am hoping they will pull through again for me as a decent retailer.  But I am anticipating that I will have to ship it off somewhere to get it cleaned...
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Posted Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:22AM
Also check shipping costs before you buy. Shipping from US to Europe is very expensive. Europe to US is very reasonable - I have never figured out why shipping from US to Europe is so much. And yes, you may have to pay custom fees in addition to shipping.
Difydave
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Posted Sun Nov 18, 2012 5:38AM

HMRC's view on it here


http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/customs/post/buying.htm


So yes you'll have to pay VAT and import duty.


I don't see it being worth the hassle if you have a problem.
kelvinjay
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Posted Sun Nov 18, 2012 6:41AM
The other thing is, if you're UK based, you could theoretically buy something from outside the UK and get it shipped here avoiding various duties and taxes, but one of the biggest benefits I get is offsetting my equipment against my income tax. For example, this year I bought a 5d3 and 70-200 lens in the UK, but I get to set that £5000 against my tax. If I'd bought from outside the UK to save a few quid, I don't see how I could really put that on the books without showing I'd dodged the rightful duties.

As much as I hate getting screwed by Canon UK prices, I sleep fine not worrying about tax investigations and having to cover up dodgy dealings. Also, having the right UK warranty offers peace of mind, rather than having to ship any defective items back to Hong Kong or wherever.

(Edited on 2012-11-18 07:40:24 by kelvinjay)
Difydave
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Posted Sun Nov 18, 2012 7:00AM
Very valid point Kelvin. I'm like you. It's stuff I don't want to have to worry about.


There are just too many negatives IMHO. Another is that if you take the camera out of the country at a later date having not paid the duty when you imported it, then you might get stopped coming back in. They can tell from the serial number which market it was for, and whether duty has been paid.


A quick look online for "Cheapest Nikon D600 UK" came up with £1360 ish. B&H price converts to £1260. Plus VAT, plus duty. The dealer I normally use has it for £1460. It just can't be worth the potential hassle to save £200.


 

(Edited on 2012-11-18 07:01:38 by Difydave)
ClarkandCompany
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Posted Sun Nov 18, 2012 8:25AM
Both Nikon and Canon have had issue's with recently launched cameras; Nikon with focus issue's and oily shutters Canon with light leaks. Best buy local and  support your local dealer Maybe consider buying a lens from abroad but with the tech cameras are loaded with today the potential for it to go wrong within the warranty period is too great a risk imho.
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Posted Sun Nov 18, 2012 9:15AM
I've bought my last two cameras from the Far East via eBay, and both times import tax was claimed as part of the process (by sending a cheque to an address in the Midlands, I think it was). But Richard makes a good point about the increasing complexity of new cameras, and current issues.
gipi23
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Posted Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:31PM
Thanks guys, I've looked around, and yes, it is not worth the hassle. So, I'd buy it from a local [online] shop. The only worry now then is those oily sensor spots, any word about it being fixed or how likely I am to get one of those [basically not looking forward to the idea of buying a camera and then sending it back to have it fixed, eventually ending up not having it for some time to come]?

(Edited on 2012-11-18 13:32:03 by gipi23)
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