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Hondsiff Honda

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Buying through b&h any feedback?
« on: January 14, 2011, 09:08:18 am »
Im looking at buying my gear at b&h this year, the prices here are just getting a little ott after searching the web and comparing I get the feeling I'm being schlentered :-\

I have supported local and still will for the smaller stuff
Any feedback would be appreciated, what are the duties for cameras and lenses?
 

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Re: Buying through b&h any feedback?
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2011, 09:13:49 am »
Bought a camera from them a number of years ago - great service, but it was delivered to family in the states - so can't tell you about import duties.
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Re: Buying through b&h any feedback?
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2011, 09:35:38 am »
Bought a camera from them a number of years ago - great service, but it was delivered to family in the states - so can't tell you about import duties.

Thanks lgf, anyone imported to SA ? duties time for delivery etc?
 

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Re: Buying through b&h any feedback?
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2011, 09:46:51 am »
I have not ordered from BH but the I get charged VAT on the stuff I order from ktmtwins that is also in the US.
 

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Re: Buying through b&h any feedback?
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2011, 09:48:53 am »
I imported to SA about 2 years ago, but was quite a bulk order with some other friends to share shipping costs. Worked out much cheaper.

I've looked into it again recently and when comparing prices to people like Orms, found that with the shipping and other importing costs it wasn't that competitive anymore  :-\ Marginally cheaper, but not enough to justify warranty issues etc. (depending on brand).

Perhaps as a group to dilute the shipping costs it may prove worthwhile still .. ???

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Re: Buying through b&h any feedback?
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2011, 09:58:30 am »
SARS/Customs are completely swamped at the moment. They are weeks behind after the holidays. Expect a couple of weeks waiting time for your parcel. If you're in a hurry then UPS or DHL are still ok-ish but very expensive. Normal post/airmail is on African time at the moment.
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« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2011, 10:53:51 am »
SARS/Customs are completely swamped at the moment. They are weeks behind after the holidays. Expect a couple of weeks waiting time for your parcel. If you're in a hurry then UPS or DHL are still ok-ish but very expensive. Normal post/airmail is on African time at the moment.

And there is the affirmative shopping aspect to consider too.......I only use DHL/UPS after two expensive losses in the mail.
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