Need help with eBay purchase!!!!

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Found 4th Jul 2008
I'm looking into buying an Alpine car stereo which will be compatible with my iPod. I've decided on the one that I would like and found the cheapest place to be caraudiodirect.co.uk where it retials at £209.99

I have just found this on eBay for a bit cheaper but it comes from Hong Kong

Item number: 110265367761

They have a feedback score of 600+ at 100% positive and they have sold quite a lot of these Alpine players. Should I have any reservations about buying this or should I just spend more money and buy the one from caraudiodirect.co.uk?

Any suggestions would be most grateful!

18 Comments

I'd go for the UK one - there's a high chance you'd get stung by customs with that one on eBay

It seems fine, not sure about the warranty though if it goes wrong...

I agree with midland :thumbsup:

Original Poster

It works out at about £40 or so cheaper - would the customs charge be higher than that?

TheMafia;2453630

It works out at about £40 or so cheaper - would the customs charge be … It works out at about £40 or so cheaper - would the customs charge be higher than that?



I'm not 100% sure, but I've got a feeling it could be. Give me a min and I'll have a look for you. :thumbsup:

I don't think you would get charged customs. Check his feedback, people would leave negative if they got charged customs.

Original Poster

midlandscomics;2453641

I'm not 100% sure, but I've got a feeling it could be. Give me a min and … I'm not 100% sure, but I've got a feeling it could be. Give me a min and I'll have a look for you. :thumbsup:



Cheers buddy!

I know when I imported Rock Band from the States I got charged approx £30 for import tax but that parcel was huge. Unless it goes on value in which case Rock Band was a bit cheaper than this car stereo.

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jackthelad;2453651

I don't think you would get charged customs. Check his feedback, people … I don't think you would get charged customs. Check his feedback, people would leave negative if they got charged customs.



But if they do get charged then its not the sellers fault - does he not disclose it in his auction listing that you might get charged and he is not responsible if you do?

Original Poster

Not quite mate, its the Alpine iDA-X100 model - it retails for £299.99 in Halfords!

Anyone know if I can get cheaper than £209.99? I have looked but I'm not sure if I know all of the right places to look!

TheMafia;2453655

Cheers buddy!I know when I imported Rock Band from the States I got … Cheers buddy!I know when I imported Rock Band from the States I got charged approx £30 for import tax but that parcel was huge. Unless it goes on value in which case Rock Band was a bit cheaper than this car stereo.



I've had a look, and it's as clear as mud :-D To me it looks like 17.5% of the value, + an admin fee from good old RM (which I believe is about £8). So you'd possibly be looking at £34ish. You could be lucky and it gets through with no charge though.

Original Poster

Ok mate, thanks for your research!

TheMafia;2453756

Ok mate, thanks for your research!



No worries. I've had loads of stuff from the US in the past, and *touch wood* no charges so far.

I have bought from these peeps this year.
incarexpress.co.uk/vie…100
No problems with them, quick delivery also.
Item is working fine so I have no idea what they are like if things break.

:thumbsup:

Banned

i would go with the uk version..that way if anything goes wrong you can directly deal with it

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J-mac2K8;2454344

i would go with the uk version..that way if anything goes wrong you can … i would go with the uk version..that way if anything goes wrong you can directly deal with it



Yeah good shout mate

midlandscomics;2453691

I've had a look, and it's as clear as mud :-D To me it looks like 17.5% … I've had a look, and it's as clear as mud :-D To me it looks like 17.5% of the value, + an admin fee from good old RM (which I believe is about £8). So you'd possibly be looking at £34ish. You could be lucky and it gets through with no charge though.


I got charged £54 for a £130 PSP once :x.

That was the week they were released in Japan.

Low Cost Car Audio also have it for 209.99 you also get 2.5% quidco on that, around £5ish. Only down side delivery is 7.50 so depends on the delivery cost from [url]www.caraudiodirect.co.uk[/url] to which is the better deal.

Link : ]http//ww…ame

Original Poster

si_wattsy;2454436

Low Cost Car Audio also have it for 209.99 you also get 2.5% quidco on … Low Cost Car Audio also have it for 209.99 you also get 2.5% quidco on that, around £5ish. Only down side delivery is 7.50 so depends on the delivery cost from [url]www.caraudiodirect.co.uk[/url] to which is the better deal.Link : ]http://www.lowcostcaraudio.co.uk/shop/_searchTextJJAlpine+iDA-X100ZZgo.xJJ0ZZgo.yJJ0ZZsearchMethodJJproductName



Thanks for your help mate! Not even sure if you can get Quidco cashback from Caraudiodirect. I'll have to check
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