Found 11th Jan 2015
When looking at laptops on eBay, I notices that american ones are much much cheaper than whats on offer in the uk, why is this? and would it be advisable to buy an american laptop?

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More competition? sales tax?

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I suppose so, but if I bought something through ebay for say £110 with £50 shipping, would my final fee be £160 or much higher?

everything in america is cheaper they have a market of 300m people, we only have 60m, plus the pound is a lot stronger than the dollar. No, it wouldn't be advisable because the keyboard layout is different and so is the adaptor plug. you'lll also have to pay 20% VAT on anything above £35, and it could get held up in customs.
Edited by: "espirit77" 11th Jan 2015

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espirit77

everything in america is cheaper they have a market of 300m people, we … everything in america is cheaper they have a market of 300m people, we only have 60m, plus the pound is a lot stronger than the dollar. No, it wouldn't be advisable because the keyboard layout is different and so is the adaptor plug. you'lll also have to pay 20% VAT on anything above £35, and it could get held up in customs.



Ok, thanks, time to look elsewhere in the UK...

espirit77

everything in america is cheaper they have a market of 300m people, we … everything in america is cheaper they have a market of 300m people, we only have 60m, plus the pound is a lot stronger than the dollar. No, it wouldn't be advisable because the keyboard layout is different and so is the adaptor plug. you'lll also have to pay 20% VAT on anything above £35, and it could get held up in customs.



This is not quite true, historically it was probably more true then today.

The market for nearly everything has collapsed and competition is really low in most areas of the market, buy outs have reduced competitors. Sweet talking/brand values instead of cutting prices to woo customers. Most apparent, simply providing less or lower quality items for the same prices as the original item!

I spend a lot of time in the USA for work and was just there last month. Just a quick example: Through out most large cities in WA, OR and ID and Northern CA, pineapples were $3.99+ tax (where applicable) for a very small one. In Sainsburys in north London, BOGOF medium £2.

Prices for internet access are huge for fibre or over phone.

groenleader

This is not quite true, historically it was probably more true then … This is not quite true, historically it was probably more true then today. The market for nearly everything has collapsed and competition is really low in most areas of the market, buy outs have reduced competitors. Sweet talking/brand values instead of cutting prices to woo customers. Most apparent, simply providing less or lower quality items for the same prices as the original item! I spend a lot of time in the USA for work and was just there last month. Just a quick example: Through out most large cities in WA, OR and ID and Northern CA, pineapples were $3.99+ tax (where applicable) for a very small one. In Sainsburys in north London, BOGOF medium £2.Prices for internet access are huge for fibre or over phone.



i lived there for 10 years and on average, most tech was cheaper. i honestly never priced a whole pineapple, always bought pre-chopped. and that as i recall was a lot cheaper.

DavidMcCall

Ok, thanks, time to look elsewhere in the UK...



no worries. in some cases it may be worth it, but the item would have to be significantly cheaper, and you'd have to not mind the small differences that are designed for US market.

DavidMcCall

I suppose so, but if I bought something through ebay for say £110 with … I suppose so, but if I bought something through ebay for say £110 with £50 shipping, would my final fee be £160 or much higher?



I bought a laptop from the USA about 3 years ago:

1) Because it wasn't sold in the UK.
2) Because it had the specs i wanted

things to look out for:

Ebay / Shipping / Customs fees included can be good as you shouldnt get any hidden Costs.
Depending on whos shipping royal mail like to charge a £8 handling fee
Laptop will USA keyboard layout with small return key

Another thing to consider is the warranty - I bought a Canon camera from a USA seller a few years ago and discovered after I received it that the warranty was only valid in the USA / Canada. Fortunately it never gave any trouble so wasn't an issue.

Protoype

I bought a laptop from the USA about 3 years ago:1) Because it wasn't … I bought a laptop from the USA about 3 years ago:1) Because it wasn't sold in the UK.2) Because it had the specs i wantedthings to look out for:Ebay / Shipping / Customs fees included can be good as you shouldnt get any hidden Costs.Depending on whos shipping royal mail like to charge a £8 handling feeLaptop will USA keyboard layout with small return key



Actually size of return key is manufacturer specific. You can get us keyboards with large return keys. Same with backspace keys. The main difference is a @ where our " is and a $ where our £ is. Of course you can tell windows to recognise it as a uk keyboard you just have to remember these differences.
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