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zonabici and tariffs...(8 posts)

zonabici and tariffs...BudhaSlug
Jan 17, 2002 2:54 PM
I'm looking to buy a new daytona/centaur 10 double grouppo for my Igleheart bike... Right now the best deal I can find by far is zonabici.com ($495US including shipping vs $550US within the country before shipping), but what I'm worried about is getting hit with unexpected tariff charges upon delivery. Has anyone ordered a group set from Zonabici (or any other European country), had it deliveder to the US, and know what the tarrif came to? I've been looking at the government tariff site, but am pretty much lost in the numerous pages... it looks as if most stuff has no tariff at all, and that which does is minimal, but I'd rather hear from people who actually have experience.

Thanks,
Peace and Light,
Ben
re: zonabici and tariffs...jkh
Jan 17, 2002 3:42 PM
Also check with www.sdeals.com, they have good deals too.
You can also find the import tax issues in their website, or from www.totalcycling.com website.
re: zonabici and tariffs...Lone Gunman
Jan 17, 2002 6:30 PM
Ben,
I took a look over at excelsports.com and saw a full Daytona group for $649 and they allow for deletions. This is just a thought but if something is wrong with your group or something fails early you will need to most likely deal with the retailer in Italy. Excel is in Colorado. Of all the parts on the bike, the moving ones are most likely to have a problem if any. No need to figure tariffs. Might be a bit more expensive buying in US but should you run into problems, it might be cheaper.
re: zonabici and tariffs...CT1
Jan 17, 2002 8:18 PM
Groups should be duty free! Check the totalcycling.com site.... Mike has the details on duty there.

I've bought 3 groups from Total and all of them were duty free.

JohnG
re: zonabici and tariffs...JimP
Jan 18, 2002 7:05 AM
According to www.sdeals.com:

Duty Rates. Advisory for the U.S. only.

Complete Bikes 11.0%
Frames 5.1%
Groupset parts 0.0%
Tires 0.0%
Rims 5.0%
Spokes 10.0%
Hubs 0.0%
Clothing 14.9%
Saddles 8.0%
Pedals 8.0%
Wheels-See Rim,Hub & Spokes
thanks all...BudhaSlug
Jan 18, 2002 9:37 AM
well it looks like I will be ordering from zonabici (they come out to be cheaper than sdeals or totalcycling by a bit and $170 cheaper than Excel!) when I get around to it (no hurry since the bike is on the trainer till spring).

An interesting note about this... I called up Lickton's Cycles (lickbike.com) about their pricematching guarantee and asked if they would or even could match the zonabici price, even taking into account shipping, and they tried to tell me I would be paying a 15% tariff so that it wasn't actually a deal. I've dealt with and liked lickton's in the past, but this kinda annoys me... I didn't expect they could match the price because they are stuck buying from importers that all mark up the price ridiculously, but at the least they could have been honest about it.

Thanks again everyone,
Peace and Light,
Ben
thanks all...maddog clark
Jan 21, 2002 9:38 PM
Dont foget to look at Abicibikes.com
A better deal yet and a US company!
They have all the kits, best prices for sure.
abicibikes.comSamDC
Jan 18, 2002 2:17 PM
Have you tried there? It's based in the US so there won't be any tariffs or excessively high shipping costs. The first time I saw the prices I thought, "bull$hit! there's gotta be a gimick", so I e-mailed the owner (Clark Metcalfe) and he said that you can buy the kits seperate from the frames (at least that's what it sounded like). However, I THINK somebody said on this board that you had to sign up for some membership or something with Abici, so be warned if that is the case, but it's probably just hearsay.