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post #16 of 37
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Originally Posted by Brooko View Post
 

 

Yep - Invercargill.

 

 

Go to the website and get the real info (http://www.customs.govt.nz/features/charges/feetypes/Pages/default.aspx)

 

Zero duty on headphones.  5% on amplifiers.  It's actually quite reasonable.  Where you get hit is on GST.

 

As long as you are under (on an 0.80 exchange rate USD/NZD) $400 NZD - then you get no GST or other tax.  Once over that, it starts at around $107 NZD extra ($60 GST + ~ $47 IETF fee).  Obviously I can't publicly suggest getting around these fees - so for now, use common sense (keep your purchases generally under USD 320 including freight).

 

Hope that helps.

Thanks! I got hit big time with my DT880s. I bought 660s and 880 at the sae time and was making the order in a real hurry - saw there was no import tax fro the 660 so thought "yay no import tax" without seeing that the beyers had $90 import tax! It was only after I clicked confirm payment that I realised; then I was angry at myself for weeks lol.

 

But the bigger problem I found is finding things that actually ship to NZ.

post #17 of 37
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Agree & Billy has some really nice deals happening quite frequently.at pretty good pricing.

deals on amps?

post #18 of 37
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What does annoy me is the lengthy process sometimes. When I bought my LCD2 direct from Audez'e 2-3 years ago, I had to go through the rigmarole of applying for an import licence for this private purchase eek.gif Took weeks, and I still don't understand why, as other more costly items only attracted the usual 15% plus IETF plus a few days delay. Or - as noted above - I got lucky and they were sent straight to me.

So does this mean if I purchased something from somebody on this site I'd need to get an import licence? How can I learn about that process?

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post #20 of 37
Noob, can't think why you'd need an import licence for a 2nd-hand purchase from this site or any other. Can't think why I needed one for the LCD2!

I have bought one amp from a head-fi member (approx NZ$1200 IIRC) and several small items. No problems with any of them.
post #21 of 37
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yep, i've been looking there, but still for anything not in the less than $200 category the prices are steep. take the magni for example  - it's $280 (approx $240 US) whereas americans can get it for $100 US!

 

A while back I made an enquiry to Jason Stoddard at Schiit about buying a Magni directly from them as there was, at the time, no NZ distributor (and Addicted to Audio charges to ship to NZ but not to Aus, which I find funny when we are closer to Melbourne than someone in Perth is).  It worked out to about USD$40 shipping, plus a bit extra for the AUS/NZ plug, which came to about NZD$200.  So that gives you an idea of what the markup is for the local distributor.  Plus, it's unlikely that he will be selling directly to customers here now that we have a distributor.

 

Interestingly, Computerlounge is only asking NZD$200 for the Modi DAC (USD$99), so I will probably end up buying that from them as I need a new driverless DAC.

post #22 of 37

This thread has led me to understand that I owe the Crown $10 for my Objective2 amp. :D  On a more serious note, I'm quite keen on one day getting a pair of MSPros, but I'd hate to get stuck for GST on them.

post #23 of 37

The perils of living in NZ for audiophiles I guess - we paid a lot more than those in US! 

post #24 of 37

Noob - you don't need a license to buy off the forums.  All you need is a Paypal account - and that is easy to set-up.

 

In case you want to buy new - here is the NZ Fiio agent : http://www.soundessentials.co.nz/Fiio.html

 

Otherwise definitely Computer Lounge for service.  Don't be afraid to email them and ask for best deal - they may be able to do something depending on the gear.  And just remember - they are having to import the Schitt gear, as well as pay GST, plus they need to make a margin ....

 

You can also look at these guys : MP4 Nation - I've used them before (http://www.mp4nation.net/) - based in Hong Kong.  Pretty good to deal with.

 

Otherwise - direct from China:

Audio-gd - can recommend - great gear.  NFB 15 / NFB 11 are steals at the price (http://www.audio-gd.com/En%20audio-gd.htm) OR

Little Dot - again, fantastic gear - (http://www.littledot.net/forum/index.php)

 

But the FS section is where you'll pick-up the best deals.  Most Head-fiers "baby" their gear - so it's generally in excellent condition.  Just make sure anything you buy is 230/240V so can be used in NZ.

post #25 of 37
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Thanks everyone for all your help, I really appreciate it. And it's great to see kiwis active on this forum!

 

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Originally Posted by Brooko View Post
 

Noob - you don't need a license to buy off the forums.  All you need is a Paypal account - and that is easy to set-up.

 

In case you want to buy new - here is the NZ Fiio agent : http://www.soundessentials.co.nz/Fiio.html

 

Otherwise definitely Computer Lounge for service.  Don't be afraid to email them and ask for best deal - they may be able to do something depending on the gear.  And just remember - they are having to import the Schitt gear, as well as pay GST, plus they need to make a margin ....

 

You can also look at these guys : MP4 Nation - I've used them before (http://www.mp4nation.net/) - based in Hong Kong.  Pretty good to deal with.

 

Otherwise - direct from China:

Audio-gd - can recommend - great gear.  NFB 15 / NFB 11 are steals at the price (http://www.audio-gd.com/En%20audio-gd.htm) OR

Little Dot - again, fantastic gear - (http://www.littledot.net/forum/index.php)

 

But the FS section is where you'll pick-up the best deals.  Most Head-fiers "baby" their gear - so it's generally in excellent condition.  Just make sure anything you buy is 230/240V so can be used in NZ.

This is really helpful. As for audio-yd, what are their prices like? they aren't listed on the website.

post #26 of 37
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What about ebay? 

 

I found a matrix m-stage their for $250 NZ including shipping. DO you guys think it's legit? http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-VERSION-Matrix-m-stage-Headphone-Amplifier-OPA2134-Black-/140974688182

post #27 of 37
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This is really helpful. As for audio-gd, what are their prices like? they aren't listed on the website.

 

NFB 15.32 = http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/Headphoneamp/NFB1532/NFB15.32EN.htm

USD 235 + freight.

 

NFB 11.32 = http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/Headphoneamp/NFB1132/NFB11.32EN.htm

USD 299 + freight

 

(You just needed to read a little more - the prices WERE there)

 

For what you get, I can't recommend them highly enough .....

post #28 of 37
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Originally Posted by Brooko View Post
 

 

NFB 15.32 = http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/Headphoneamp/NFB1532/NFB15.32EN.htm

USD 235 + freight.

 

NFB 11.32 = http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/Headphoneamp/NFB1132/NFB11.32EN.htm

USD 299 + freight

 

(You just needed to read a little more - the prices WERE there)

 

For what you get, I can't recommend them highly enough .....

Oh whoops, the prices are listed on the website. Can we jut pretend I never asked that question? haha, thanks for the response though!

post #29 of 37
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hey everyone, just wondering about how customs works. if i went to Canada and purchased something i'm assuming I have to declare it when i come back into NZ? What about if my brother, who lives in Canada, gives me something (thanks bro for that $500 amp lol) as a gift? Would I then be excused from declaring this, paying import fees, customs duty, GST etc?

 

Thanks guys.

post #30 of 37
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hey everyone, just wondering about how customs works. if i went to Canada and purchased something i'm assuming I have to declare it when i come back into NZ? What about if my brother, who lives in Canada, gives me something (thanks bro for that $500 amp lol) as a gift? Would I then be excused from declaring this, paying import fees, customs duty, GST etc?

 

 

Thanks guys.

 

http://www.customs.govt.nz/inprivate/sendingitemstonz/giftsandbelongings/Pages/default.aspx

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