Originally Posted by cischico /t/1526247/what-if-i-buy-the-new-sony-500es-4k-off-ebay-and-it-needs-service#post_24660892
Take it from someone who lives in Japan, it's a pain buying big ticket items from small shops, unlike the rest of the world Japan is still a cash based society. You really need to make sure that 1. They accept foreign credit cards 2. If they even accept credit cards (Majority of shops online are cash on delivery) which means Japan address only. 3. Make sure price is after consumption tax which recently went up this month to 8%. Make sure your credit card has no foreign transaction fees otherwise 1-3% add on to price.
Big shops charge more but so much easier and hassle free and your credit card is guaranteed to work. B stock from the US is a safe and convenient bet. If you're trying to stretch that all mighty dollar just be advised.
I would exhaust all options in the US before going overseas. That's my two cents.
Originally Posted by WIKED /t/1526247/what-if-i-buy-the-new-sony-500es-4k-off-ebay-and-it-needs-service#post_24660603
I was thinking of buying a VW500ES from Japan. The cheapest I found was 2 different companies. 1 has the VW600ES for US$6041. The other has the new VW1100ES for US$14615. At that price I would jump on the 1100 if only I could find out if the companies are legit. They are cheap but of course if you lose your money then it's a costly exercise. I wish I knew somebody who lived over there.
If all else fails I may consider flying to Japan to get it in person. If I bought a 500/600 I would be saving $6K and the 1100 I would be saving $15K compared to local prices.
Yes we have to pay 10% tax when it arrives here but companies like UPS, FedEx and DHL actually calculate that and add it onto the shipping price if you agree.Quote:
Originally Posted by AV Science Sales 5 /t/1526247/what-if-i-buy-the-new-sony-500es-4k-off-ebay-and-it-needs-service#post_24661215
He will also have an import tax.
Originally Posted by WIKED /t/1526247/what-if-i-buy-the-new-sony-500es-4k-off-ebay-and-it-needs-service/0_50#post_24668629
Found a company that is a middle man for foreigners buying goods in Japan. Since many Japanese Companies only do COD to a Japanese address you pay them and the item gets sent to them. They will open and inspect the goods if you want before on shipping it to you. Their cost is 10% of the cost of your goods.
I'm leaning towards ringing the Sony store in Tokyo to make sure they have stock and jumping on a plane to pick it up in person and flying back the same or next day.
Either way I'll be buying it in Japan as it's half price (the 1100ES) for me even when buying it in the Sony store. We get ripped off here but that's nothing new.