Is it worth buying from USA?

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  1. jzee3

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    Hi Guys,

    I have an opportunity to buy a receiver from the USA as I have a brother out there who could buy on my behalf and ship to me in the UK.

    Apart from the hit with import duties are there any other things I should take note of before I ask him to buy one for me?

    I see that due to the strong pound, I can buy most things out there for half the UK price. This makes it very tempting indeed.

    Would I need a transformer to use any of the AV Amps that I buy from USA?

    Thanks for all your advice in advance.
     
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    Afternoon

    On top of import duties you need to factor in VAT which is also payable on imported goods. Also worth also checking the warranty side of things.

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    Alastair:hiya:
     
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    Yeah the VAT will be calculated on the total of cost of goods, shipping and import duty and will be at the standard rate of 17.5%

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    you'd need quite powerful step-down transformer to run it (depending on the power rating of the receiver), unless the receiver has switchable power inputs, some models have such option available or can be converted easily. Also the tuner/radio part might not work properly due to different FM FQ spacing in the US. Warranty will be most likely US only, again manuf. dependent...and do not forget shipping cost, it may be quite expensive for heavy unit....
     
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    Don't forget "Tuned for UK ears" !
     
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    Ask for multiregion version if available. It should have all settings and I think such versions are mostly distributed for Asia. If you decide on Onkyo, they use to have specification related to the versions for different markets.
     

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