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B-Stock, customs, international


J. Dan

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There was a recent thread about international shipping and customs that was helpful, but also adds a wrinkle to my next purchase.

 

I plan on buying an MFB Dominion 1 from Thomann. It's low enough at around $1300-1400 range (price estimated due to currency exchange) that I think I'll probably avoid major tariffs but probably still have to pay the shipper something in receipt.

 

The question is this: they have a B-Stock ready for immediate shipment for $100 less. A new one claims 1 week until shipment which I'm sure is estimated and depends on the manufacturer. I've heard of these having long lead times. So considering this will likely take a while to get to me anyway, is $100 enough to justify getting it started immediately, though with some wear?

 

I know it's ultimately my decision but want to consider all of the experience of those here in the forum. Thanks in advance.

Dan

 

Acoustic/Electric stringed instruments ranging from 4 to 230 strings, hammered, picked, fingered, slapped, and plucked. Analog and Digital Electronic instruments, reeds, and throat/mouth.

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BStock is my preferred method of buying gear @ NAMM, even though they say it doesnt happen, some folks prefer to not carry as much back home.

 

Last BStock item I bought from Germany was 1,000 USD Cheaper, and I jumped on it immediately, had it on stage in less then 2 weeks.

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Coincidentally this is coming from Germany, but am I to understand you're in Asia? My understanding is it may take a while to get through customs in the US. And we're only talking $100 in this case. Anybody know how reliable "estimated" lead times are coming from MFB and "estimated" USD conversion, and what to expect from a B-Stock?

Dan

 

Acoustic/Electric stringed instruments ranging from 4 to 230 strings, hammered, picked, fingered, slapped, and plucked. Analog and Digital Electronic instruments, reeds, and throat/mouth.

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Coincidentally this is coming from Germany, but am I to understand you're in Asia? My understanding is it may take a while to get through customs in the US. And we're only talking $100 in this case. Anybody know how reliable "estimated" lead times are coming from MFB and "estimated" USD conversion, and what to expect from a B-Stock?

 

Actually I went from Vegas to Nashville to Macau and back to Nevada again.

Actually from old St.Lou originally.

Ive brought gear back from Japan 6 months before it was in the USA, buy gear at MESSE or NAMM (B Stock) and have bought directly from manufacturers in Germany and Italy, BStock too.

 

Never a problem except in 2011 when Congress quietly passed some bull shit taxing scheme that cost me an extra 150 bucks, but those regulations were reversed in 2014 and everything since then is s piece of cake.

 

Its sending anything to Europe that sucks, even if its a gift Im asked to say its value is pennies in the dollar, etc.

 

They beat their citizens up over there pretty good.

Especially France. Sent a QuNexus and MIDI Box to a friend for free and it still cost him 80 bucks.

 

You shouldnt see any delays or hassles or regulation crap.

 

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I have also bought a few B Stock boards locally here in the US but substantially discounted in the range of 35-45% less than street price. Never a problem with the gear and it has always been in perfect condition.
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Placed the order (went with a new one). The actual sale price at checkout ended up being a couple hundred bucks less than the "estimated" price, plus another $33 shipping and a 2-5 day lead time for them to get it once the order is confirmed. That doesn't count what I may owe customs when it arrives.

Dan

 

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Aaaaaaand delay because of my stupid bank. Charge declined, order cancelled. Had to call my bank (after not being able to find a phone number anywhere online and having to go dig out my last statement that came in the mail to get a phone number) and tell them that I intended to place the order, then after getting confirmation from them that they would let it go through the NEXT time I place an order, go BACK online and order it AGAIN. Thanks Bank of America.

Dan

 

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It's HERE!!!!!!

 

No customs charges. The $33 shipping landed it at my front door with no additional charges.

 

Shipped with European power cable and didn't list anywhere the power requirements, but a quick google search revealed that it contains a universal power supply, so I'm good. It has an IEC connector, so I have plenty of those cords laying around.

 

I'll start a new thread with a review once I get to it. Unfortunately too busy with work today to knock off an fire it up.

Dan

 

Acoustic/Electric stringed instruments ranging from 4 to 230 strings, hammered, picked, fingered, slapped, and plucked. Analog and Digital Electronic instruments, reeds, and throat/mouth.

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Aaaaaaand delay because of my stupid bank. Charge declined, order cancelled. Had to call my bank (after not being able to find a phone number anywhere online and having to go dig out my last statement that came in the mail to get a phone number) and tell them that I intended to place the order, then after getting confirmation from them that they would let it go through the NEXT time I place an order, go BACK online and order it AGAIN. Thanks Bank of America.

 

I ran into the same thing back when I was in the throes of building that Fatar-based keyboard and needed a MIDI board. The place I ended up getting the board from, midiboutique, is in Bulgaria and when I tried to charge the board, my credit card company went ballistic. I eventually got it settled, but it was unnecessarily difficult; don't think I'll buy anything from Bulgaria again.

 

And, the same way you're describing, my credit card company made it really hard to get in touch with the right people to get permission to let the charge go through. You'd think they'd make it easier to do business, given that it's how they make money.

 

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