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Old 23-11-2012, 14:45
Dr.Fever
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Im looking at buying an asus tablet, there are some sellers / stores from USA selling them a alot cheaper than UK stores.

Apart from the risk of buying from abroad, will it arrive/refunds etc. I am wondering, are there any problems with using it in the UK? Is it just a plug adapter I will need?
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Old 23-11-2012, 15:33
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Since the states are on a different voltage. I would buy a charger from the UK for the tablet you are getting. Apart from that there should be no problems.

Be careful as you may have to pay excise duty when the tablet arrives. The excise dut may well eat up the difference.
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Old 23-11-2012, 17:02
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Price differences are not that much, but once you factor in shipping import duty and associated surcharges. Buying a tablet mail order from the USA will most likely end up costing more plus you also have to consider in most cases warranties are only valid in country of purchase so if any thing goes wrong you are on your own
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Old 23-11-2012, 17:21
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Since the states are on a different voltage. I would buy a charger from the UK for the tablet you are getting. Apart from that there should be no problems.
Portable electronics devices such as laptops, tablets, camera etc. almost invariably have a multi-voltage charger these days. You just need a mains plug adapter.

Price differences are not that much, but once you factor in shipping import duty and associated surcharges.
It can be worthwhile buying such devices if visiting the US (but even then state purchase taxes vary a bit across the country!) and bringing them back in your luggage.

As others have said if buying mail-order factor in VAT, shipping etc.
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Old 23-11-2012, 18:24
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Unless it was a huge saving I personally wouldn't bother unless I happened to be over the US anyway.

What device are you after by the way?
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Old 25-11-2012, 15:10
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Thanks for replies.
I was wondering about the different voltage.

Its a Asus tf200 and 300 I have been looking at, I found some online stores in the US selling them alot cheaper than the UK prices and some including the excise duty, so still big saving.

I know if I buy it, a UK store will then have the same model cheaper in a sale,
or if I dont buy it, I wont see these offers from abroad again!!
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Old 25-11-2012, 15:35
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If I was visiting the US then I'd consider buying one there. It's probably not worth the saving to order it for delivery.

In terms of the voltage, as long as you use a UK charger then there's nothing to worry about. Most run off micro-USB so if you have a charger from a phone, camera or other gadget then you will be fine.
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Old 26-11-2012, 10:58
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It would have to be considerably cheaper to make me buy a tablet from the US!

Having been caught out before not only do you get charged Import Duty, VAT at 20% but also an handling cost and that is on top of the shipping & insurance costs!

You will also normally have to go and collect the item from a depot as it can not be delivered until the above costs are paid!

Add this to buying a new power supply and not having a warranty...I do not think it is worth the risk unless you save at least 60% of the UK store price!
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