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Originally Posted by tjcaustin View Post

Dunno if you get nailed with shipping/taxes, but it's $1099 on headphone.com


Add 30 - 40% for import and taxes here depending on whether it's a rainy day or not.
On low price items, under $100 for example, they managed to charge me over 100% at times, but other times not.There's some kind of "fixed" part in the import costs that is very variable.
To have exemption from import it needs to be under 25 Euro if I remember correctly, and in an envelope, no box.

Cheap shipping with USPS means 6-8 weeks in customs, heaps of paperwork and discussions on the phone until you develop an ulcer or need therapy.

There are only two things that get into Belgium cheap and swift: drugs and guns.
I was thinking to wrap my next headphones into a bag of coke to avoid import ... biggrin.gif
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maybe a holiday to the states and then pick up your headphones 

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Fostex have dealers in Poland /|Russia, maybe one of the countries has low tax and you can travel there and bring the cans back with you

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Cheap shipping with USPS means 6-8 weeks in customs, heaps of paperwork and discussions on the phone until you develop an ulcer or need therapy.

There are only two things that get into Belgium cheap and swift: drugs and guns.
I was thinking to wrap my next headphones into a bag of coke to avoid import ... biggrin.gif

How can one not ROFL ? Man, compared to this India is heaven. I mean, taxes are 305 but on the delivery, if one uses USPS, its 2-3 weeks with customs; with Fedex its 1 day.

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Originally Posted by aamer23 View Post
 

Fostex have dealers in Poland /|Russia, maybe one of the countries has low tax and you can travel there and bring the cans back with you

 

I just checked the Polish distributor.s site and price is about 1450€ + shipping.

Russia is Asia, not Europe so import taxes would apply as well.

And Russia isn't my favorite travel destination.

 

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Originally Posted by kothganesh View Post
 

How can one not ROFL ? Man, compared to this India is heaven. I mean, taxes are 305 but on the delivery, if one uses USPS, its 2-3 weeks with customs; with Fedex its 1 day.

 

Oh believe me, it's worse.

To tell you a long story short. I once imported an expensive amp, the buggers opened and damaged it, I had to send it back and asked specifically in the post office what needed to be done to send it back for repairs and not have to pay for import again. I needed to fill in two forms. When the amp came back the second time it apparently a third form was needed. They charged me full import a second time. After weeks of emails and phone calls they let me have it at half import price. I had the choice to pay or lose the amp.

 

FedEx and other commercial carriers get the goods cleared in a day as well but import costs more or less the same. So I always ask the company I buy from for that. Some have cheap to reasonable shipping with commercial carriers but some just need to pay insane prices, the same as shipping costs for me when I use a commercial carrier from here. Probably because they have no contracts with them.

 

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maybe a holiday to the states and then pick up your headphones 

 

Yep, that's an option but if one gets caught it's the same import + a quite nice fine. I've always managed to slip through them though.

What I can't slip through are the metal detectors before a flight. Somehow they always go off even if I especially don't wear anything metallic.

But flying to the States everytime I want some gear is not really economical as well.

Combined with a holiday it would be sweet though and I love the States, even if I've been there only twice.

 

 

 

 

So, anyone know how OCS Japan works? I'm considering upgrading to UPS or FedEx after all.

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I'm possibly traveling to Japan next year, maybe I should try to slip a Bakoon back home with me. biggrin.gif I should've waited for the trip to buy the TH900 too, for the price I paid I could've just as well book cheap tickets and buy the headphones over there.
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I'm possibly traveling to Japan next year, maybe I should try to slip a Bakoon back home with me. biggrin.gif I should've waited for the trip to buy the TH900 too, for the price I paid I could've just as well book cheap tickets and buy the headphones over there.

 

 

I think if you're going to try to pass customs at the airport with a bunch of boxes they'll wanna have a chat with you. :wink: 

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Originally Posted by AppleheadMay View Post
 

 

 

I think if you're going to try to pass customs at the airport with a bunch of boxes they'll wanna have a chat with you. :wink: 

Wrap it in your clothes and hopefully you can go through.

post #7779 of 7785

for the headphones you could just use them with a portable device and get away with it that way :atsmile:. the amp could be a bit tricky 

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Originally Posted by kothganesh View Post
 

Wrap it in your clothes and hopefully you can go through.

 

Problem is if I'd go to Japan or the US I wouldn't have enough clothes to wrap all the gear I buy in. And suitcases.

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Have any air stewardess or pilot friends? Those folk usually have it easy at customs. Obviously it'll have to be within reasonable limits since they too have luggage weight restrictions. Headphones or smaller amps should be doable, speakers or big tube amps, probably not.
Edited by kurochin - 8/17/14 at 3:56am
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well thats how a lot of grey market electronics get shipped around the world

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1500 in canada for the 8
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Another idea I'm looking at because of comparable price and the additional features is the new Oppo HA-1.  Pretty much anything I can control from my phone gets me all tingly at the moment so I'd be interested to hear opinions about it, too.

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I wonder if the TH-900 has had any driver revisions like how the older Denon D2/5/7 frequency graphs are all squiggly with a hump around 1KHz, while the newer ones measured by Innerfidelity look much smoother.


Edited by namaiki - 8/18/14 at 12:15am
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