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were to buy a ceap DISTRESSOR in the us
Old 4th February 2003
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were to buy a ceap DISTRESSOR in the us

a friend is flying to the US soon, maybe he could bring me one.....
Old 4th February 2003
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yo try www.8thstreet.com
Old 4th February 2003
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Where is he coming in the US?

There are a whole bunch of us pimps that have them on the shelf... and they're all around the same price... so it would probably be more about whos nearest to where the brother will be visiting...

You do realize that by him bringing the unit back to Europe that it will be considered a 'gray market' unit... and that any service the unit may require will have to be handled in the US [neither here nor there... but it's something to consider].
Old 4th February 2003
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he will fly to NY, he is a photograph and often in the US for jobs.....


greetz
Rob
Old 4th February 2003
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Jax
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So you mean he's a headshot or a fax?

Sorry couldn't resist.

heh
Old 4th February 2003
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NY to London for $1.25!!!
Old 5th February 2003
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not really..... tut
Old 9th February 2003
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My ass is sore from getting raped by retailers over here. "grey market" - **** 'em ! I say we don't buy ANYTHING from UK dealers , surely the reality of the size of the planet has to kick in soon....there isn't much you can't delivered in 48 hrs from anywhere in the world these days, and I'm not shipping anything to the US to get fixed..last time I did I got nailed for customs, as I didn't fill in a special form for export with re-import even though it was my gear in the first place ! dfegad
Old 10th February 2003
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Quote:
Originally posted by adam_w
last time I did I got nailed for customs, as I didn't fill in a special form for export with re-import even though it was my gear in the first place ! dfegad
Dude... if you don't know the proceedure... learn it. It's not that difficult to get the proper forms and fill out a 'carnet' [I think that's how you spell it].

If you call the local customs office they'll usually be very helpful in making sure you have the proper forms, and that they're filled out properly.
Old 10th February 2003
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jon
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Even if you do fill out everything properly, you still usually get reamed at foreign customs, at least here you do.

I find it much easier to bring gear in with my personal bags through the 'nothing to declare' door at the airport...or declare it as 'return from repair - personal belongings' if using mail...which often works (i.e. no customs charges) but usually you have to wait a few weeks while it goes through.

Whatever you do, don't use the US Postal Service for sending stuff to France...it goes through Germany to a mysterious offshore firm called Extand, who somehow got the monopoly on USPS stuff and whose job is to make you wait for months while administrating cutter slash marks on the gear (from slashing through the protective packaging to get to it quickly) and tacking on huge unjustified customs fees. I learned this the hard way. It seems Extand are currently under investigation from French journalists and courts.
Old 10th February 2003
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Quote:
Originally posted by jon
Whatever you do, don't use the US Postal Service for sending stuff to France...
Sending anything to, or from France is at best a crap shoot... we once purchased some stuff from a dude in Paris... it took him 2 weeks to get a bank wire transfer [something that in theory should go down within 24 hours!!].

I've been to the FedEx office at "Orly" half a dozen times to pick things up that had "cleared" customs... but FedEx just hadn't gotten around to delivering them [like they'd been sitting there for 3 or so days and I really needed the ****]... after the first time I got hip to the fact that if you go down to the airport, you can get your stuff like a normal delivery... if you don't go down to the airport, you get to sit around like a moron with your hand on your Johnson.

Once when leaving a gig in Paris I watched 38 cases get loaded onto a truck destined for our warehouse in a single shipment. For a week and a half we were delivered 4, 8, one day 12!!, most days 1 or 2... the shipment didn't leave France as one shipment... it was leaving France a case here, a case there [it was seriously ****in' ridiculous]...

Though much to somebody's credit... on another gig I was on, we did get a "semi and a half" of gear delivered to the middle of nowhere on 31 October [which is some damn holiday over there... like a real holiday, like with the banks closed and all that ****]... of course the "logistics co-ordinator" on the gig failed to book any loaders to take the **** off the trucks... but that's a story for another day...
Old 10th February 2003
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They take Halloween REALLY seriously over there...
Old 10th February 2003
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jon
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Quote:
Originally posted by Fletcher
[Bit took him 2 weeks to get a bank wire transfer [something that in theory should go down within 24 hours!!].

...FedEx just hadn't gotten around to delivering them [like they'd been sitting there for 3 or so days and I really needed the ****]... after the first time I got hip to the fact that if you go down to the airport, you can get your stuff like a normal delivery... if you don't go down to the airport, you get to sit around like a moron with your hand on your Johnson.

31 October [which is some damn holiday over there... like a real holiday, like with the banks closed and all that ****][/B]
Yes, the French banks usually take several bank days to process bank wires...which usually have to go through 1-2 *correspondance banks* as well on the way from sender to receiver...it's maddening as hell.

Paris is hell for deliveries...trucks and tiny Parisian streets just don't mix well together...(one reason why I use a motorcycle or rollerblades to get around).

October 31 is not a holiday in France...November 1st is. It's "All Saints" Day.

********************

The worst things about France in my book would be the crushing taxes (which encourage unemployment big time), the huge socialist administration (which eats 46% of GNP) and its unbelievable red tape, the constant strikes in the public sector, and above all the general attitude by the French of hate and suspicion toward small businesses, entrepreneurs and employers.

Much of the French population seem to think that the basic principles of economics don't apply to them like they do for the rest of the world.

France is paradise, however, for people that don't want to work much and who enjoy filling out welfare applications and taking advantage of the many government aid programs.
Old 10th February 2003
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Yeah, I know uncle Fletcher..just wish someone had told me that BEFORE ! Anyway, as a tip to anyone else who might ship to the UK phone up for some forms NOW so you have some handy, as the old government isn't too speedy sending them out, which might be a bummer if you are in a hurry sometime.

My French pals are having a tres bein winter in the alps this year so expect even more slackness... Just nearly got killed flying into Grenoble...sheesh !
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