A POINT OF VIEW: Used audio equipment on eBay offered at bargain prices in the USA into the UK. Good idea or what?

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Good morning Howard. I have seen new and used audio equipment on eBay offered at bargain prices in the USA into the UK. Good idea or what?

Buyer beware! First, remember you will have to pay import duty, plus vat at 20% when the purchase comes into the UK. So add at least 23% to the final price. Plus the carriage of course.

On super amps and speakers, the carriage cost can be monumental due to the weight. UK official importers will not honour a warranty (they'll know from the serial number) and usually will not supply spares to UK-based independent engineers. If it goes wrong, you’re usually stuffed. Not always, but usually.All it all it has to be something really special or a true bargain before the hassle is outweighed by the benefit.

Howard Popeck

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