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Old 21st March 2007, 09:54 AM   #1
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I'm sure this isn't a new problem.

I've just filled a shopping basket at Parts Express, including an SI T-amp, a couple of TB 871s drivers, and some caps and bits to mod the T-amp.

Total price about $70.
Shipping to UK $75.

This is just crazy, and a deal breaker for me, so I cancelled the order.

Has anyone found a solution to this? I don't need the parts urgently, in fact I'd be happy to wait a month or more for them, as long as delivery is reliable, so I'm sure shipping should/could be only $20 or so.

I know some of these parts are available locally, but the prices use the traditional "swap the dollar sign for a pound sign" method, which means at current exchange rates they're double the US price, and I may as well stump up for shipping.

Perhaps a US diyaudio member could set up a 're-shipping' service (for a fee) for those of us stuck in the black-hole called 'worldwide'?

Is anyone interested in some kind of pooled purchase of some kind here?
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Old 21st March 2007, 02:54 PM   #2
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I've got the same problem, I'm looking for a lot of drivers for an array but the shipping cost are higher the drivers cost.
I bought lot of drivers, here in this forum an others, to guys in the US and the shipping cost (using USPS) were ok, P.E. uses UPS.
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Old 21st March 2007, 03:26 PM   #3
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This is just crazy, and a deal breaker for me, so I cancelled the order.

You are right.

This topic was discussed a month or so ago.

Part Express drivers to the UK?


The problem lies with PEs choice of courier.
The solution is to choose another supplier in the States. I use several, originally sourced via EBAY. Post is then usually more reasonable but you have to watch out for Duty and the surcharge for handling.

Having said that, it can still work out cheaper!!

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Old 21st March 2007, 03:58 PM   #4
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Unfortunately PE seem to be the distributor for Tang Band drivers.

I'm now thinking about getting an SI tweak kit from www.audiomagus.com - maybe I can persuade them to accept a delivery from PE, and re-ship it as part of my order from them....
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Old 21st March 2007, 06:16 PM   #5
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The problem is that PE will only ship by air.

I have an almost unused SI T-amp spare, Vikash might still have some TBs (and i can check to see if Bob has any left). I'll be prepping a package to go to the UK (but probably not for a month) -- we have had good luck ganging a couple shipments to the UK and then having them distributed once it hits the UK.

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Old 21st March 2007, 06:21 PM   #6
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I am sure I saw a company selling Tangbands here in Denmark at great prices. I will dig up the website for you.
Found it: http://www.jumon-audio.dk/
I am sure they will at least send within the EU.

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Old 21st March 2007, 06:25 PM   #7
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I've just been hit by this one ordering stuff from Mouser. Mouser charged me $36 to post a 1.5kg parcel by USPS (I'd been caught by UPS and Fedex before, you see), then Customs charged me £12 VAT and Parcelforce charged me £13.50 for paying Customs. You just can't win... My $100 order ended up costing me £100.
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Old 21st March 2007, 06:34 PM   #8
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EC, that sounds familiar Allthough I have to add, that I have had quite a few packages avoiding the attention of the custom-folks I am sure the Danish costums are sloppy and more or less on a coffee break all the time.
The shipping rates of Mousers sounds crazy! Having ordered from Digikey a few times, I never saw anything like that!

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Try here:

http://www.lautsprechershop.de/hifi/index_en.htm

or here

http://www.spectrumaudio.de/

for Tangband suppliers a little closer to home.

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I've just been hit by this one ordering stuff from Mouser. Mouser charged me $36 to post a 1.5kg parcel by USPS (I'd been caught by UPS and Fedex before, you see), then Customs charged me £12 VAT and Parcelforce charged me £13.50 for paying Customs. You just can't win... My $100 order ended up costing me £100.

It is the 'extras' that put the price up !!

I was informed by Customs that the duty rate for spares (ie not complete amps, systems, speakers etc) was 2% (see the earlier thread - post 5 )

If you need any other info on duty rates, contact the customs and get the correct commodity code. 01702 366 077

This may help :-

http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs...archap?Lang=EN

Use Browse then XVI. Most electronics and speakers start with 85......

Any overcharge can be claimed back.

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