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Buying a laptop in Las Vegas

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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
Hello All

Im going to Las Vegas in about a month and buying a laptop when im there as they are alot cheaper has anyone got any advice or doing this?

Thanks
Paul
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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
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#1
1) The keboard will be different (US layout rather than UK)

2) You will get no support in the UK from the company that made it once they find out it was bought in the US.

3) The mains adapter will be a US one and you will need to buy a UK one.

4) If the customs catch you they will clobber you for tax, and if you try to smuggle it through they will also fine you.

Just not worth it
#2
guilbert53
1) The keboard will be different (US layout rather than UK)

2) You will get no support in the UK from the company that made it once they find out it was bought in the US.

3) The mains adapter will be a US one and you will need to buy a UK one.

4) If the customs catch you they will clobber you for tax, and if you try to smuggle it through they will also fine you.

Just not worth it


1) only very slighlty and you can change it to uk key press as long as you are used to a uk keyboard and dont have to look for keys u will be fine

2) but you will from the states, might be expensive to send it there and back though..

3) you sure? ..you could just buy a 3 pin lead for the power supply as they disconnect usually..and are all the same connection at the plug lead end.. if the psu has this label (doesn't matter about the amp reading) u will be fine.. INPUT: AC 100V- 240V~ 1.0A 50 / 60 Hz

4) take it out the box, thow the box away, take out of all packaging, and then put it in your suitcase.. if they do find it how are they going to know you just bought it? :whistling:
#3
Beefnoodlez;2943105
1) only very slighlty and you can change it to uk key press as long as you are used to a uk keyboard and dont have to look for keys u will be fine

2) but you will from the states, might be expensive to send it there and back though..

3) yeah and thats gonna knock you back 50 quid, though sometimes you can buy multi platform ones fairly cheap

4) take it out the box, thow the box away, take out of all packaging, and then put it in your suitcase.. if they do find it how are they going to know you just bought it? :whistling:


and how are you to prove you havent just bought it?

ive read somewhere on here before that someone was taxed for bringing their own laptop back into the UK before because they couldn't prove it was bought before the holiday or whatever.
#4
t0mm
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and how are you to prove you havent just bought it?

ive read somewhere on here before that someone was taxed for bringing their own laptop back into the UK before because they couldn't prove it was bought before the holiday or whatever.


I was stopped by customs coming back from australia a few years ago and had my laptop with me when they searched my stuff, they never said a thing, just make sure you run it for a few hours, set it all up, customise the wallpaper and installa few things on it, and take all the stickers off the screen, keyboard etc ..trust me they dont make you prove you haven't just bought something, thats just plain crazy as it would be impossible and they would be doing it all the time to increase the customs revenue..

But i could be wrong i suppose, just have to think "Is it worth the risk for an estimated 30-40% saving?"
#5
bit of a coincidence if they find your laptop in your suitcase with a us keyboard?
#6
mug51
bit of a coincidence if they find your laptop in your suitcase with a us keyboard?


You could have had it imported? And paid tax? ..i dunno, giving up now :thinking:
#7
The savings can be huge. The more it costs the greater the saving compared to the uk. Go to the hypermarkets like best buy and circuit city. They will do special promotions and even haggle! On top of that you can also tell them they can keep the box and they'll proabbly knock off extra (they love to use the box for display purposes. Altenatively just do an internet search with yahoo.com. Note the model numbers will be different!

The keyboard does have a slightly different layout- its really minor. If your really adament in having a uk layout then just set the keyboard in UK mode and buy a couple of clear sticky labels with the uk layout from ebay- cheap as chips.

Buy the laptop on the first couple of the days so you can see if there's anything immediately wrong with it. To be honest they hardly go wrong and if they do you can send it off. Thats the risk that you take.

The advice about changing it to a uk plug is spot on. It will only cost a couple of quid.

Likewise, what has already been said about customs not checking is true- don't be paranoid. Its just a laptop. They won't even check. And if you do change a couple of the pre-installed settings like desktop background etc. then that will be a bonus.

The only slight problem is the exchange rate at the moment is pretty **** compared to last year- it has gone down by 10-15%.

Final piece of advice is shop around!

Yasser

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