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Shipping stuff from the USA

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by VFRMan, Mar 3, 2005.

  1. VFRMan

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    Hi,

    Ideas please for shipping stuff from the USA. I've read the horror stories about UPS and USPS. Anyone have any experience of getting goods from USA or better still does anyone have a fedex account I can use?

    Cheers,
    Brian

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    I bought a set of new tubes from the U.S. for my Sony D50 (www.crtcinema.com). They used Fedex (presumably their own account) - when they arrived in the country Fedex wrote me a letter asking for the duty before they would allow me to collect the tubes from their depot or have them delivered. I think it worked out to about £75 a tube duty (tubes were $649 each). Other than that it was a better deal than buying them from Sony in the UK (faster and cheaper).
     
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    Hi Brian,

    How the devil are you? what are you thinking of bringing in,wil try and advise.

    james (crt)
     
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    Hi James,

    I'm very well thanks and it's good to see you more active on the site :clap:

    Well the upgrade bug bit and one of the chaps on AVS was offering the HD-144 lens mod to fit any projector with HD-8 lenses.

    So I bought the 144's from another supplier on that forum and he shipped them for the mod. I'm now in the last part of the logistics, getting the lenses over here (then I'll be undoing your great install to replace the lenses. The throw distance is about 4inches shorter so I'm thinking about moving the screen closer, rather than the projector or on the other hand what difference does 4 inches make? :devil: )

    I've attached a modified 808.

    Cheers,
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    Thanks klr10,

    I was wondering how clearing customs worked.
     
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    Hi Brian,

    Well done mate,pity you never asked me as I may have had a set or three etc,you must have been talking to Bjorn regarding use of his adaptors,he's a top guy.
    Tut Tut,increasing the gap by 4" don't even think about it (wrists slapped) he he
    So glad you are still enjoying it mate,once the colour filtering is all done you will wonder how you ever managed without it.

    james (crt)
     
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    Hi James,

    I looked at Bjorn's adaptors but decided to go with Terry's and Galen's spacers. These increase the width of the 144/145's so that they will fit into the lower part of the hd8 mounting so they become smaller versions of the hd8 and so keep the lens flapping adjustments.

    I'll let you know how it works out (or if I :oops: I will be giving you a call :) ).

    Cheers,
    Brian
     
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    Hi Brian,

    I have a set of HD-144s enroute via USPS. I'll let you know if they arrive OK. It will probably be several weeks though, as I chose USPS "budget" (cheapest). Cost about $65 for shipping.

    They are for NEC, so a direct fit without adapters.
     
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    Thanks Crispybig,

    ..and good luck with USPS. I'm still waiting for some speaker supports I ordered and they have been sent twice so far using USPS :mad:
     
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    Hi there
    I have just had a set of hd145 filtered lenses sent over from the states via USPS AIR MAIL it cost 50 dollars.It took 8 days and parcel force UK wanted £33 import tax before they would bring them to my door.
    All in all I thought it was a brilliant service.

    to add to that I had a parcel sent from the states on the 26 november last year via USPS surface mail(a lot cheaper) but it didnt get to me untill 22 febuary SO BEWARE OF SURFACE MAIL!!
    regards
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    Gary, I'm intrigued! According to the USPS rate calculator $50 of Airmail buys you 11 pounds weight. I was told the set, packaged, weighs 30lbs. I must admit I haven't actually weighed a lens, but 11lbs versus 30lbs is quite a difference. Sure you're not seeing triple? :beer: :zonked:

    And I hope the time for your surface shipping isn't repeated with my shipment. Though I'm in no great hurry.
     
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    Hi again
    yes after having a look I can see exactly what you are saying,the delivery ticket that came with the lenses says "total gross weight" 26lbs 2oz. and "postage and fees"$101.60...............so a big cockup their end as I only paid $50.00 shipping via paypal.
    I hadn't noticed that untill you brought it to my attention.
    regards
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    How much are these lenses costing ?
     
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    Between $125 and $150 for HD-144 or HD-145 and approx $100 for shipping.

    So if you get them in the UK for less than £140 then you have a bargain.
     
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    Are there any disadvantages to fitting some of these to an 808 ? :confused: did someone say something about size ? and any link to fitting would be appreciated :smashin:
     
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    quadman,

    Have a look here:

    http://www.crtht.com/lens_project.htm

    The quote I got from Bjorn was £190.

    The only impact I knoe about at the moment is that the projector to screen distance is reduced between 10 to 12 inches depending on which tubes you have.

    You will find a lot of info on the other forum if you search on HD-144 or HD-145 or color filter
     
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    I'm in LA on business till Sunday - want anything bought back?!
     
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    ......... some hot weather? :thumbsup:
     
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    HD-144 lenses arrived safely today via FedEx, 26lbs and $103 :clap:
     
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    Nice one Brian - glad they arrived OK. :thumbsup:

    For those interested in comparitive shipping methods, my set of 144s are still en-route. Shipped 24th February via USPS surface (30lbs at $65).

    Still, it's only about five weeks so far, and they quote six to eight weeks. We'll see.... :rolleyes:
     
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    Well, they finally arrived - safely and in one piece!

    Shipped 24th February, delivered 4th May. YMMV, but if time isn't of the essence -- it worked for me! :thumbsup:
     

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