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    Quote Originally Posted by Diapositivo View Post
    If Australia offers mail / courier services fast and reliable enough I think one could make a living out of this.
    It's a nice idea, Fabrizio. But I don't think the Australian film market is big enough to make much of a living...

    The US prices are great for personal importation though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diapositivo View Post
    There seem to be a nice opportunity for arbitrage here. One can buy relatively large quantities of film from the US (or anywhere else after having considered logistic and tax matters) and sell it retail through an eBay and/or internet shop. Quantities might be optimized for custom duty exemption, or maybe not it wouldn't change a lot the overall picture.

    If Australia offers mail / courier services fast and reliable enough I think one could make a living out of this.
    There are already a few who sell film in small quantity via eBay or their own web site. In general, their prices are somewhere between US bulk and local retail, which is what you would expect.

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    Look on the bright side, when buying film from the US you feel like you have saved a lot of money, no deals are better than the ones you feel you have saved money on.

    But yea, prices here compared to the big interweb is crazy.

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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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    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!
    Do a walk-about in the US, buy one there and when you return home tell Customs that you took it with you on your trip since it was a gift from you previous girl friend. Obviously since it was a previous girl friend, you do not have a way to contact her.
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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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    tmh,

    Email Epson customer support with your question. If they say yes and there is ever a problem, you have documentation with which to fight.

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