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Old 05-05-2003, 06:04   #1 (permalink)
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Buying car audio gear from US??

would i have to pay any import duty or stuff like that??

also, is there much difference between US Head units versus Australian ones? the only difference i'd think there'd be would be the radio perhaps..

looking at a clarion DXZ835MP deck. (clarion decks are cool coz i can match em to the EBII orange light dash) i can get that for USD$269 . works out to just under AUD$500 including freight, where most places in WA are selling that deck for $899.

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Old 05-05-2003, 06:56   #2 (permalink)
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yeah you would have to pay import duty when it goes through customs. However, I've known people that get their items without paying any import duty. It's just the luck of the draw I think. If it's a largish package though then it will most likely be checked. Things have changed since I imported my amps. The GST has been introduced since then. I think it's actually better now...you only have to pay 10% of the declared value as duty. I remember paying way more than that.

The radios on US decks are basically the same and will work fine here providing they have a frequency selector switch or setting. FM will work regardless of this switch but AM may or may not. Its because they change frequency in different steps...for example over here our AM band moves up and down in 11khz steps. In the US it moves in 10khz steps. But who listens to AM anyway right?
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Old 05-05-2003, 23:13   #3 (permalink)
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email from the horses mouth(Customs, that is)
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Dear Sir,
Thank you for your e-mail.
Electrical goods usually attract 5% customs duty and 10% GST. We convert
your US$300 to Aust$'s using the exchange rate on the date of export. This
conversion is now called the Customs Value. The first amount payable is your
duty, which is 5% of the Customs Value. The following is your GST
calculation: Customs Value + duty + cost to transport & insure the goods to
Australia. GST IS then 10% of this total and is payable as well.
Regards,
(name withheld)
Senior Information Officer
Customs Information Centre
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this allows me to get a $900 clarion deck from the US for about $520. dont know bout insurance tho.
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whats some websites in the US which sell quality car audio stuff at a good price?
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my subs cost me $300 usd ($600aud) each, and i brand them back on da plane with me from america.. $60 for insurance, checked out the reccomend retail price when i got back home $1000rrp for one sub.

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Old 05-08-2003, 19:14   #6 (permalink)
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thats where i saw my(well, eventually mine) clarion deck for US269.. best i can get is au800 for that deck.
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i bought some pioneer speakers off the net (carstereoworld.com) that were there high end stuff, and pioneer werent releasing them here till the following year, i didnt pay any taxes/import fees, and all up was about $150 cheaper than waiting a year to buy them here
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i usually can knock off 200 bucks off the price of a head unit at jb hifi. My deck retailed for 680.00 got it for 500.00.

Also you go to take in consideration shipping, and warranty.
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go import - ive imported all my Car audio goods
evn 2 MTX 15inch T8000s (Shipping was $171US) but it worked out to be 1/2 the price that i would pay for them here
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Old 05-20-2003, 16:42   #10 (permalink)
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I have just orded a set of Clarion 5x7 SRC-5724 speakers from the US cost to buy plus postage all up $149.00 x 2 for 2 pair.
Dont no if thats cheap or dear, but to late now as i won the bidding on e-bay
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