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    I am in the market for a new printer. The Epson Pro 4900 B&H sells for $2000. Cheapest price in Australia is $3000.
    However I would really like a 24inch printer. B&H sells the Epson Pro 7900 for $3800. Cheapest price for this one in Australia is $6400 - nearly double. As the Australian dollar has been higher than the Greenback for sometime now I would have thought the Australian prices would be getting pretty close to the US prices, but no way.

    At least with film and smaller/lighter items we can freight them from the States. But with big heavy items we have to put up with paying the Aussie ripoff price!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Lewis View Post
    I am in the market for a new printer. The Epson Pro 4900 B&H sells for $2000. Cheapest price in Australia is $3000.
    However I would really like a 24inch printer. B&H sells the Epson Pro 7900 for $3800. Cheapest price for this one in Australia is $6400 - nearly double. As the Australian dollar has been higher than the Greenback for sometime now I would have thought the Australian prices would be getting pretty close to the US prices, but no way.

    At least with film and smaller/lighter items we can freight them from the States. But with big heavy items we have to put up with paying the Aussie ripoff price!
    You can freight big stuff from the US too. Even with GST and possibly a few hundred bucks for shipping you are still way ahead.

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    Printers are easy to ship, and absolutely worth doing so.

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    It's never crazy to buy film.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Lewis View Post
    At least with film and smaller/lighter items we can freight them from the States. But with big heavy items we have to put up with paying the Aussie ripoff price!

    I've just got a quote for shipping the Epson 3880 from the US, about A$350 via 3 day air. This one weighs in at about 56lbs.

    With prices for the 3880 here in Oz at about the A$1850 level, and about US$1150 in the US, I'm not quite sure if this one is worth it once duty and GST are added. But for the Epson 4900 and upwards you will see a saving even with it being heavier.

    I wonder if Epson AUS would service / repair it if needs be under warranty given that it would be US stock? Warranties obviously aren't an issue with film etc but with big expensive mechanical things like printers I'm a little more cautious...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmh View Post
    I've just got a quote for shipping the Epson 3880 from the US, about A$350 via 3 day air. This one weighs in at about 56lbs.

    With prices for the 3880 here in Oz at about the A$1850 level, and about US$1150 in the US, I'm not quite sure if this one is worth it once duty and GST are added. But for the Epson 4900 and upwards you will see a saving even with it being heavier.

    I wonder if Epson AUS would service / repair it if needs be under warranty given that it would be US stock? Warranties obviously aren't an issue with film etc but with big expensive mechanical things like printers I'm a little more cautious...
    What about the voltage difference?

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    Plugpacks (if they're not universal-voltage, which they often are so that the manufacturer needs to make only one type) are easily replaced with local versions of the correct voltage. Otherwise, high quality stepdown transformers are about $50-70 on eBay for up to 1kVA which is way more than a printer needs. Since all of these devices have a switching input supply, the 50/60Hz difference is irrelevant.

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    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.

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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.
    That is just bogus by the manufacturers. It's like region coding DVD's. I'm sure the ink doesn't care if it's in Europe, the US or the Pacific. I'm glad they never did this with film!
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    Interesting about Epson printers. I have an Epson I brought from the US that works fine here with generic OfficeWorks ink cartridges. It's only issue is the 120 volt. In this global economy everything cars voltage should be the same. But this is how countries can impose barriers & different pricing. All my time traveling around I found prices averaged out. Some items cheaper in Oz some cheaper in the US. But in the US sales tax can very from city to state. Chicago Cook county has additional tax compared to DuPage county, then some cities add there cut.

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