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importing an xbox

Discussion in 'Xbox Forums' started by steve tyler, Jan 30, 2002.

  1. steve tyler

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    whats the best place to import an xbox from,not nessasarily the cheapest (although this would help) but the quickest turn around time?anymore info on shipping handling ect would be appreciated.
     
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    There are numerous places to import from:

    In Hong Kong:

    http://www.lik-sang.com - Price is £345 exc. delivery.

    I ordered a couple of Gamecubes from Lik-Sang upon their release in September. They were with me 3 days after ordering and shipping method was by FEDEX. Unfortunately this means I got hit for full UK VAT and import Duty which added a further 21% on to the final cost which must be payed Cash On Delivery. They offer other delivery methods such as UPS or EMS Speed Post which are similarly priced but tend not to be as strict when it comes to calculating the import charges.

    I've used Lik-Sang regularly over the years and know alot of others who use them also. Never encountered any problems yet. Highly recommended. They will also sort you out with the correct Stepdown, i.e., 150W to be safe, at no extra charge.

    In the US:

    http://www.tronixweb.com - price = $299

    Tronix is based in New York and is a great little shop that specialises in international orders. They can be very accomodating when it comes to the UK VAT/Import Duty issue and are only to happy to mark down the value of the goods they are sending. You can choose the shipping method, either FEDEX or US Postal Service International Express Post. Again you have more chance of getting hit for duty if you use FEDEX.

    Those are the two best outlets that I have experience with. Tronix is giving the best deal as there is no additional markup over the XBOX RRP, i.e., $299. However, it's out of stock there at the moment so email before ordering.

    If money isn't the deciding factor, go with Lik-Sang and your XBOX will be with you in a matter of days. Alternativey, check out the usual UK importers such as:

    http://www.goblingames.co.uk

    http://www.newgenerationconsoles.com

    http://www.videogameimports.com (highly recommended)

    You will pay a little more if buying it from a UK importer but saying that, Videogameimports are doing them for £400 but this does not include a Stepdown.

    Weigh up the pros and cons. You will have more comeback and better support if you buy from one of the UK importers but will inevitably pay more at the outset. On the other hand, Tronix is a good deal cheaper but you may have to wait a while for stock.

    Hope this helps.
     
  3. steve tyler

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    thanx groundy a wealth of info,cheers mate im surfing now;)
     
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    I looked around the web alot before getting mine. Almost bought direct from Canada but having read about folk with power supply problems I decided to buy in UK from someone and get a warranty.

    The original supplier was doing me 2 games, console, 2 controllers, step down and hidef pack for £480. Having said that she seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth. I have contact email if anyone else wants to contact her.

    In the end I went to my local games shop run by a HC enthusiast and asked him to get as close as he could to the above price. We struck a deal and I am a happy bunny.

    WWW.CAGAMES.CO.UK

    Charlie Ambrose, tell him I sent you.

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    480 quid? jeez, mine came from dvdbo and was about 230, games are about 30

    i presume the power supply prob is just related to a big enough stepdown?
     
  6. steve tyler

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    Gordon,thanks for your help mate but thats just a little bit more than i want to pay.

    Metric..... How long did you have to wait from dvdbox for your order and did you get hit with any customs fees?
    Did you pay by card or money order- wire transfer?:confused:
     
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    I think Mike obviously didn't get hit with any import duty or VAT. If he had then for all the stuff I bought he'd be pretty close to same costs......

    Gordon

    P.S. If anyone wants a HiDef lead please let me know. I have one spare. If no-one wants to buy it I'm going to try and make a non-optical digital output one from it. I saw a link to the wire schematic of the socket somewhere and it looks to me like the box on the end of the cable is turning Spdif in to a toslink thing. Also might try wiring it for RGB prog out...Doubt it'll work though....
     
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    Steve:

    I almost forgot about the ever unreliable DVDBoxOffice. Mike, you did extremely well to get one out of them but I presume you pre-ordered a long time ago? Like Tronix they only charge the rrp of $299 but you can even pay in CAD Dollars which gives you a slightly better exchange rate. The only problem with them is the length of time they can take to ship your order.

    I actually had a few XBOXES pre-ordered with DVDBoxOffice way back in August of last year. I also had orders with Tronix and Lik-Sang as I was purchasing 13 in all. The only ones I did not receive were those from DVDBoxOffice. Despite numerous emails and phonecalls in the run up to Christmas, they just kept telling me they had no stock and had no idea when they would be getting stock! Regardless, I let the order continue until only last week when I cancelled the lot as it just wasn't worth the hassle. Payment was going to have to be made by Wire Transfer as they wouldn't accept credit card on such a large amount which added even more hassle into the mix. Plus, I always like the added security and guarantees provided by the credit card company.

    That was just my experience with them anyway. My advice would be to not buy from them until you have absolute assurance of stock and shipping times.

    As for Gordon's recommendation of Cagames, they are a well established and good retailer. Unfortunately I have always found their prices way too high but if Gordon came close to £480 for all he listed, then that is indeed a fine price. It certainly pays to know people!!
     
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    gordon is right, it was fully marked but i didnt get hit, add 20% to the cost if you do.

    i use tronix for games, 2 at a time via fedex and they mark down

    i got my Q from ncsx.com, took 3 days via usps, marked as repaired video player, no customs again
     
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    groundy wrote

    Payment was going to have to be made by Wire Transfer as they wouldn't accept credit card on such a large amount which added even more hassle into the mix.

    Groundy i take it you didn`t make the wire transfer and that is why you didn`t recieve any goods(correct me if im wrong).I think i`ll go ahead and make an order with them and see how i get on.they state 2-4 days trackable courier service witch makes me laugh abit with dvdbox,normaly 2-4 weeks!!!!!!
     

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