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info on ordering from overseas requested.(6 posts)

info on ordering from overseas requested.rufus
Aug 28, 2003 6:31 AM
i'm planning on ordering a campy chorus groupset before the 2004 line comes out, and see that there are significant savings to be had from overseas vendors, like totalcycling.

my question is, what types of import duties, shipping, or other taxes might i face that will add to the cost, perhaps enough to offset any potential savings than if i had ordered the group from cbike or someone?

also, what's the current exchange rate dollar-pound, or is there a website that can easily make the conversion?
re: info on ordering from overseas requested.shrEd
Aug 28, 2003 7:14 AM
I just ordered from totalcycling about a month ago...I paid $16 for shipping, but it was via Parcel Force so they arrived in a few days and I got them on a Sunday morning since Parcel Force delivers 7 days a week! It was a little more for shipping, but the savings were far more significant.

There's a lot of currency conversion websites, just check google. As rough estimate, I just got back from London and 100 pounds cost me about $160 from the ATM machines.

Ed

PS. The guys at totalcycling are super nice. My first choice shoes were not in stock, so they threw in some cork tape at no charge - always use that stuff...
re: info on ordering from overseas requested.divve
Aug 28, 2003 7:19 AM
Shipping from them is a flat $25 by DHL and $16 by Parcel Force. No US duties on groupos. For the latest exchange see:
http://www.oanda.com/converter/classic.
They site states that the typical credit card rate is +2%. I just get the straight conversion but you better verify that because credit cards can vary considerably when it comes to foreign currencies.
thanks. one more question.rufus
Aug 28, 2003 8:25 AM
any other european online dealers i should check out? where can i find the best price on a chorus group?
The BEST currency converter:Synchronicity
Aug 28, 2003 9:06 PM
http://www.xe.com/

It can instantly convert *any* currency into any other, as rates are updated every minute or so.
I'm always looking for the cheapest on the net...morency
Sep 1, 2003 10:59 PM
in Europe it would be www.salden.nl and www.vaneycksport.be
both in dutch that's the point, just mail them with your questions, or you may ask me to look at their site for exact pricing if you have problems with dutch
(ivanmommerency@hotmail.com)
be aware of overseas buying!!! I've been looking on buying a pair of hyperons in the US. You can find them for 1275-1400 dollars but the customs charge up to 35% taxes!!!
And they really get to know the value of bike-parts (it seems like the european importers give them a pricelist, they do know exact pricing+ you pay taxes on the transportationcosts also);
so 1275 + transportation + taxes made it a total of almost 1850 dollar (at that moment giving a total of 1700 euro) and you can find them in europe for 1600 euro)