I'd look at DigitaLRev as a better option as no import taxes are added, with Ebay expect the full amount of Tax plus a fee from the courier, a few sellers, mainly USA will included all the fees up front but this with postage can become expensive. My new Sigma lens from Hong Kong was faulty, I had to send it off to Sigma UK and claim the money back from the seller (as agreed by them) there was a longer delay than I'd have liked but I got the £130 plus back in the end, These are the risks you take. I'm not finding Amazon listed equipment is massively different in price from foreign alternatives especially when you factor in Tax!
Dominic I'm after a Tamron 24-70mm F/2.8 Nikon mount. £585 from Hong Kong. Simply Electronics have it for £549 but I've never heard of them and they seem to be overseas too. Best UK stock price I've found is £650 on eBay. Digital Rev have it for £689, do you recommend them? It's £809 with Wex!
Dominic I'm after a Tamron 24-70mm F/2.8 Nikon mount. £585 from Hong Kong. Simply Electronics have it for £549 but I've never heard of them and they seem to be overseas too.
Best UK stock price I've found is £650 on eBay. Digital Rev have it for £689, do you recommend them? It's £809 with Wex!
We have a Simply Electronics store in Hazel Grove and another just off Levenshulme so it may be they are a nw store. A couple of lads at work used their online store but said they were very very slow in the delivery
I would recommend always checking Digital Rev to start with but I find the gap now not as big so the warranty issues mean I'm less likely to go with them if the margins are say £50-60. I don't like the look of that Simply electronics website, there are a few that come up that all look very similar, your security might be to pay via credit card,
this site below too looks dodgy, they might be able to sell you the item, its the support you get when things don't arrive, are late, damaged, used, faulty, not as described
if buying from abroad it is probably best to assume it will incur VAT & import taxes (& handling & admin fees to the carrier such as Royal Mail / DHL ). When I imported laser discs (about 20 years ago) I seem to remember there was website that listed the various import duties which vary on the product. IIIRC t was 5.1 for cds & laserdics but photographic equipment will be different)
If you assume you will need to pay then at least you know if it really is worth it
IIRC Customs & Excise have the right to inspect every import & judge its true value irrespective of that marked on it. I am not sure if they can impose penalties or seize if they believe it is under declared.