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post #2521 of 5220
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I have a friend who brought off them, but had to wait for the headphone to arrive in Australia for about 5 weeks. In this time they required him to prove his identity with a ID card due to paying paypal, as well as trying to peddle a different headphone to him when he called in a complaint about the wait.

 

Also they've jacked their prices up a few times in the last year to my notice, for well over what the models are worth - Signature Pro $1800 :rolleyes:. To my knowledge there was no import tax increase, nor did our currency plummet in the last 3 months.

Yeah well look at a Australia brand like Burson which has no import tax but is cheaper overseas then through Addicted to Audio

post #2522 of 5220
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Yes I agree, but I don't agree with the markup Addicted to Audio sells audio products, here in Australia they monopolise the audiophile marketplace and price however they like, for example leading up to the GSX being available their advertising price was $27XX but changed to a little over 3k and said the lower price was for preorders only which they never mentioned numerous times prior, so I reluctantly paid. Also customer service is terrible, when I was looking at the Master 7 dac all they wanted to do is sell me something else, it's one of reasons I lost interest in the M7,  they also called me to find out what fuses Justin suggested to replace in the GSX.

knowing what I know now If I could of got the GS-X off Justin directly I would of, hence future HeadAmp gear if not through another retailer or direct won't happen unfortunately

IMO monopolising the marketplace and prices happens in most places in the world, and a lot of companies insist on using a distributor and retailer, both have their purposes but they add to the cost of whatever's being got.
When I got the K-01, the UK price was £15,000, that was because a distributor and retailer were involved. My guess if I could've got it directly from Teac Japan, the price might have been between £8,000 or £9,000, but I don't believe it's possible to buy anything directly from Teac.

I think Justin uses a distributor and retailer in Australia, but I'm not sure about anywhere else.
When I got the BHSE, GS-Xmk2, and Pico Slim, I got them directly from Justin, so I've no doubt I saved a lot of money.
post #2523 of 5220
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Originally Posted by UNIFi View Post

 
I have a friend who brought off them, but had to wait for the headphone to arrive in Australia for about 5 weeks. In this time they required him to prove his identity with a ID card due to paying paypal, as well as trying to peddle a different headphone to him when he called in a complaint about the wait.

Also they've jacked their prices up a few times in the last year to my notice, for well over what the models are worth - Signature Pro $1800 rolleyes.gif . To my knowledge there was no import tax increase, nor did our currency plummet in the last 3 months.
Yeah well look at a Australia brand like Burson which has no import tax but is cheaper overseas then through Addicted to Audio

If there's something in the US say at $1000, to buy that same something in the UK it or they would probably be £1000.
post #2524 of 5220
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I paid 3k here in Australia for for first batch which I have ZERO regrets I love it, but check out the price for the second batch

 

Perspective helps here.  The US dollar has recovered and the 2nd batch is being sold for nearly $500 more in the US.  Taking that into account the price should be ~$4070AUD.  So technically they're giving you a discount :P

post #2525 of 5220
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Perspective helps here.  The US dollar has recovered and the 2nd batch is being sold for nearly $500 more in the US.  Taking that into account the price should be ~$4070AUD.  So technically they're giving you a discount :P


How do you work that one out? as of right now 3000 USD = 3244.2 AUD so add tax and freight your still left with hefty profit at $4040 unless I'm missing something

post #2526 of 5220
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IMO monopolising the marketplace and prices happens in most places in the world, and a lot of companies insist on using a distributor and retailer, both have their purposes but they add to the cost of whatever's being got.
When I got the K-01, the UK price was £15,000, that was because a distributor and retailer were involved. My guess if I could've got it directly from Teac Japan, the price might have been between £8,000 or £9,000, but I don't believe it's possible to buy anything directly from Teac.

I think Justin uses a distributor and retailer in Australia, but I'm not sure about anywhere else.
When I got the BHSE, GS-Xmk2, and Pico Slim, I got them directly from Justin, so I've no doubt I saved a lot of money.

Totally agree Dave

post #2527 of 5220
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How do you work that one out? as of right now 3000 USD = 3244.2 AUD so add tax and freight your still left with hefty profit at $4040 unless I'm missing something

 

If $2500USD became $3000AUD when the dollar was near parity.. and now the price is $3000USD and AUD has dropped by 13% since this time last year.  Tada $4070.  At today's rate, it gives A2A a 20% profit ignoring anything lost on shipping.  I don't know how importing works in Australia but they may lose even more there.   This takes into account that no one gets 1:1 on money exchange.  Back in the day stores had a 100% margin so I consider 20% nothing.  That said, I still buy from the country of origin when I can because it's not my job to pay the mortgage of retailers ;)

post #2528 of 5220
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If $2500USD became $3000AUD when the dollar was near parity.. and now the price is $3000USD and AUD has dropped by 13% since this time last year.  Tada $4070.  At today's rate, it gives A2A a 20% profit ignoring anything lost on shipping.  I don't know how importing works in Australia but they may lose even more there.   This takes into account that no one gets 1:1 on money exchange.  Back in the day stores had a 100% margin so I consider 20% nothing.  That said, I still buy from the country of origin when I can because it's not my job to pay the mortgage of retailers ;)

Hehe..... I see your point, 33% = 3990 however there is a lot of factors we don't know about..... Anyhow I still won't ever deal with addicted again, for many reasons including price. country of origin is always at the forefront of my mind also, but here we are or limited in some areas like audio gear


Edited by Gandah - 3/30/14 at 6:14pm
post #2529 of 5220
Sorry for OT, but i decided to buy my BHSE off A2A. At the time I placed the order the exchange rate was getting worse (for Aus) and when I spoke to them they warned me that they were going to put their prices up that day. So i placed my order soon after and they let me have the amp for the lower price, which was nice of them.
My experience with them and my TH900's was less than spectacular..... So the jury is still out for me. One win, one loss.
post #2530 of 5220
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Sorry for OT, but i decided to buy my BHSE off A2A. At the time I placed the order the exchange rate was getting worse (for Aus) and when I spoke to them they warned me that they were going to put their prices up that day. So i placed my order soon after and they let me have the amp for the lower price, which was nice of them.
My experience with them and my TH900's was less than spectacular..... So the jury is still out for me. One win, one loss.

Congrat on buying the BHSE, IMO an amazing amp in every way.
post #2531 of 5220
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Congrat on buying the BHSE, IMO an amazing amp in every way.
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post #2532 of 5220
Congratulation for bhse, Audio Jester.
I wish I can have a listen for one :-)

Sorry for off topic. It seem shipping, insurance etc to us at aussie seem expensive. I just bought my dna stratus used from a friend in Melbourne. But when the original buyer bought the amp almost 2 years ago, he was charged $430 in shipping related (inc insurance etc and the amp is around 10-15kg) and $390 in tax related (gst as well?). The price for the amp I think it was usd2600 and the rate almost 1usd:1aud. So his total cost was around aud3500 at that time. I'm afraid if the amp need maintanance, and I had to ship it back to US for service, it will cost me a fortune. But so far, I am very much enjoying this DNA amp (sorry for off topic again).
Edited by jsgraha - 3/31/14 at 4:12pm
post #2533 of 5220

Fair enough I retract my views of A2A charging to much for the GSX, after reading on the Australian customs and border protection service website on duties & taxes, and also comments on this thread, I have to admit I was wrong:blink:

 

However what I can not understand is the inconsistencies of pricing here in Oz from one retailer to another it just doesn't make sense

post #2534 of 5220

Come to Canada some time ;)  Canadian manufacturers charge more here than they do in the US /facepalm

post #2535 of 5220
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Come to Canada some time ;)  Canadian manufacturers charge more here than they do in the US /facepalm


I am pretty sure if the product is made in US, we only need to pay HST, but not import duty?

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