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    Quote Originally Posted by w9cae View Post
    All my time traveling around I found prices averaged out. Some items cheaper in Oz some cheaper in the US.
    Just curious, could you give an example of an item which is cheaper here than in the US? Maybe Vegemite but otherwise?

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    I found meat and fresh veg to be much better value for money in AU than US, at least in 2001 when the exchange rate was silly (AUD1=USD0.50). Now, maybe not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoxBrownie View Post
    Are USA and AUS in same productregion as far as Epson are concerned.
    I know you can't use US or AU cartridges in my UK Epson R2880 as they are region coded and won't work. I am shipping my printer to Brisbane (where I am moving from UK) but have bought a CIS to solve the cartridge problem.
    Just something to consider, maybe.
    Wow, I never would have thought the ink cartridges would be region specific, I'll have to check that out too, thanks. I guess it's like PAL/NTSC. Surely they wouldn't make a specific region just for the small AUS market? Surely?!

    Never had any issues with voltage on things brought in from the US or Europe, its always a case of just buy another travel plug adapter!

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    With the AUD still being strong against the USD plus the great pricing from Freestyle and B&H, I'm almost tempted to buy a small fridge to keep in the garage and to fill it with a big order of film. I think the cost of the fridge would be more than offset by the savings in film prices!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cluttered View Post
    With the AUD still being strong against the USD plus the great pricing from Freestyle and B&H, I'm almost tempted to buy a small fridge to keep in the garage and to fill it with a big order of film. I think the cost of the fridge would be more than offset by the savings in film prices!
    Good idea! I find that my little bar fridge has plenty of room for a few hundred rolls/sheets of film in the top, and some bottles of cold dev, stop, fix and water in the bottom. (The cold chemicals are used for temperature control of my solutions in summer.) My wife used to get upset when this stuff lived in the kitchen fridge (although there might still be some boxes of sheet film hiding under the chops and fish fingers in the bottom of the freezer ).

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    I love the comment about food as the USA they only eat processed crap. When I was younger my guts could handle but now give me fresh.

    I have had a small bar fridge in my garage for over a year now. Think I bought it at Aldi. It's now chcokers with all sorts of film stock. Some very old stuff too. It's really nice to have your own gourmet film reserve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by w9cae View Post
    I have had a small bar fridge in my garage for over a year now. Think I bought it at Aldi. It's now chcokers with all sorts of film stock.
    Film is gradually taking over our fridge in the kitchen, so this afternoon I'm going to go bar fridge shopping. That way I'll have space for yet more film, and frees up space in the "real" fridge. I see it as a short term outlay but a longer term saving.

    And then I'll do another large B&H or Freestyle order

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    Quote Originally Posted by w9cae View Post
    I love the comment about food as the USA they only eat processed crap. When I was younger my guts could handle but now give me fresh...
    And of course the main dish in Oz is Roo Tail Stew...LOL!

    Vaughn

    Here in Northern CA, it is hard to patronize the (only) local camera store if they don't carry 120 film! So I have it shipped from the southern end of the state.
    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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    Just a word of warning about buying cheap stepdown transformers off Ebay. The cheap ones are not Isolation transformers!!! Also they do not have switching power supplies, as someone suggested, as they are AC to AC only.
    A isolation transformer is a normal transformer with a primary and secondary insulated from each other. If a winding fails the insulation will protect the 240 volts from getting on the secondary.
    The cheap ones off Ebay are what are known as an auto transformers. They have one winding only, with a 120volt tap half way. Now twice the current is going through the 120 volt side of the winding. This is the part of the winding then that is most prone and most likely to fail. If it does fail you will end up with 240 volts on your 120 equipment.
    If you buy any 120 volt equipment then always use a more expensive Isolation transformer - Jaycar sell them. Jaycar do sell one small auto stepdown transformer, but it has overheat and overload protection, plus they give a warning that it is not an isolation transformers.
    Personally I would not buy any cheap ones off Ebay, because they probably have no protection circuits, thin wires and if you accidently overload it - then you are buggered!! When I did electronics 40 years ago I was always taught such transformers were very dangerous - just don't touch them.
    Just a warning - only buy isolation transformers!
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