Ok this is going to be a very long story but bear with me. I've been contemplating new headphones for months now. I've only recently decided to become an audiophile (My dad has been one for donkeys years, used to own B&W Nautilus, Bryston monoblocked amps for each individual channel etc...)
I live in Norway. Probably the most expensive country on earth and the population is burdened by uneccessary taxes and and an idiotic government that enjoys taxing anything Norwegians enjoy to the extreme. (As if they use it as a punishment to encourage us to stay away from it i.e. cars, petrol, alcohol, tobacco, chocolate/soda/sugars etc)
A found a UK store that sold the AKG K702 for £215. A Swedish friend of mine claims his K702's cost him 6000 SEK is which more or less equal to £600!
So I finally decided to order those headphones. Found out I my UK bank card (I'm British, living in Norway with my mum) works online so I used that to purchase these headphones and the site suggested I paid in Euros which ended up costing €204.
On their shipping info it says it costs £60 to ship to Norway and then £25 custom clearance in brackets. They estimate the shipping will take 3 days.
In Norway we have to pay 25% import tax and on some items an additional fee. (something like £50).
Shipping to Ireland costs £10 while shipping to a country like Germany costs £15. But Norway costs £60.... So I dearly hope that they've included some custom clearance/tax in that shipping price. I do not fancy paying an extra ~ 25%!
Anyways. So I order the headphones Monday evening and it costs me €264
On 'my tracked orders' tab it said "Open orders: 1 / processed orders: 0"
I check on their website the next day but derp, its not there. I check my e-mails and received an e-mail with them asking for bank statement/drivers license ETC. So last night I scanned them all of that, just like they told me to
Now its wednesday and finally my order is back on their site. Now it says "Open orders: 1" like before but now it says "order status: confirmed" as well.
So yeah... I was hoping to get them as soon as possible.
There is an alternative. From AVforum.no I got a link to AKG K701's that only cost about £180 in Norway (1806,- NOK) I can chose express shipping ad get them in a day or two (or so they claim, but then again, express should be fast!)
Which would you chose? They cost the same assuming I won't have to deal with import tax on the ones bought from England.
AKG K702 from England would either be:
Best case scenario: They arrive Friday/Saturday. No import tax or custom clearance or any other bills needed except for the €264.4
Worsy case scenario: They won't arrive until Monday/Tuesday, might even take weeks to arrive. Might have to pay +25% tax on them and a 'small' fee.
Should arrive in a day or two. Won't be able to swap cables. White instead of black ( I like both). They will cost the same but if I ordered them today I might get them by friday (I love getting things on fridays so I can enjoy my weekend with them)
AKG K701 or AKG K702? Do I keep my order and wait and hope I won't have to pay more.... Or do I cancel my order and go for the local K701's and get them for the same price but get them much sooner and have no risk of waiting weeks or paying import tax.
What would you do in my shoes.
Thanks for reading and all helpful posts appreciated!
Edited by UltimaNoctis - 3/30/11 at 10:32am