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Buying from European Dot Coms Bike Shops(13 posts)

Buying from European Dot Coms Bike ShopsCherry1
Feb 15, 2002 5:07 AM
This seems like a good way to save money? ANy probs?
re: Buying from European Dot Coms Bike ShopsMJ
Feb 15, 2002 6:15 AM
what's the URL?
www.probikefit.comCherry1
Feb 15, 2002 8:11 AM
www.probikefit.com ?raboboy
Feb 15, 2002 8:33 AM
you mean http://www.probikekit.com i assume. I've ordered from them twice and had good experiences each time.
re: Buying from European Dot Coms Bike ShopsJimP
Feb 15, 2002 8:31 AM
I received my order from www.sdeals.com last week. The shipping took about 2 weeks. No problems at all.
re: Buying from European Dot Coms Bike ShopsDoctorNurse
Feb 15, 2002 9:11 AM
Tell me, what were the fees you were responsible for re: taxes, import duties, shippiong etc? After paying these was the merchandise *really* cheaper than US based internat vendors?

Thanks!
re: Buying from European Dot Coms Bike ShopsCT1
Feb 15, 2002 10:04 AM
Shipping charges vary from low to expensive.

Generally there is a 4% duty on orders over $200. That being said I've had a number of shipments that were way over the $200 level and went through customs without any charges.

Overseas is best used for clothing and frames. You can save BIG BIG bucks on these items. Components and small stuff can be bought on-shore fairly close to overseas prices.

YMMV
JohnG
i don't think duty is based soley on price...but maybe you are right
Feb 15, 2002 10:52 PM
it varies by the products being purchased. According to www.totalcycling.com website which has some customs info.
re: Buying from European Dot Coms Bike ShopsLC
Feb 15, 2002 9:55 AM
Bitz4bikes.com and sdeals.com have treated me well.
re: Buying from European Dot Coms Bike Shopslap3
Feb 15, 2002 12:13 PM
I purchased a Rudy Project T-Rex helmet from Parker International in the UK last year and they were excellent. They stocked some cool hard-to-find products, offered sweet pricing, and really good service. I never had any problems with them at all. Here's their address: www.parker-international.co.uk

Good luck!
Maestro, very nicegregdogg
Feb 15, 2002 1:30 PM
I bought a Derosa Planet from Maestro bike shop in England. He always has an ad in procycling. I think the owners name is Mike. He is very nice and the price was great. At the time the dollar was very strong compared to the pound. I got the bike with duty for a little over a $1000 including shipping. It arrived in a week. The prices you see in a lot of the magazines include their tax, so subtract 8-9% from that, and shipping on a bike frame was around $120
Good experience......so farcoonass
Feb 15, 2002 5:27 PM
I ordered from Xpedia.co.uk and got the item within one week; just placed an order for some Sidi MTB shoes tonight with zonabici...they typically take about a week to tell you that it's either being shipped or not in stock :(
Anyhow, Europe has lots of brand name items that are not available in the US/Canada (i.e., Sidi shoes in different colors, including the Winter "Freeze" road shoes [same as the "Inferno" MTB] btw: total= $140.) So far, so good..The shipping runs about $35 for shoes, but is still about $40 cheaper than the US sites.
re: Buying from European Dot Coms Bike ShopsBender
Feb 17, 2002 5:54 PM
I've had great experiences ordering off shore with companies like www.xxcycle.com (France), www.totalcycling.com (Ireland). I found a computer at xxcycle for $73 US which performance sells for $148. I paid $6 for shipping and the order arived in about 1 1/2 weeks. I also like to stock up on tires and clothes via the european web sites. The clothes can be unique and the tire prices are usually way better then offered here in the states. I wonder when the domestic web companies will realize this.

Cheers