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Re: On-line Stores & Sellers
« Reply #760 on: January 17, 2013, 05:53:46 PM »
Is £40.00 for the following set at MDT considered a good price?  Perhaps not ...



I got mine for US$53 including shipping from Importcds, during one of their bi-annual 10% off sales.  At the time, it was a much better deal than the other prices I saw, maybe not so much right now.  It's been a marvelous experience listening through it all, worth every penny. 
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Re: On-line Stores & Sellers
« Reply #761 on: January 18, 2013, 08:44:13 AM »
Does anybody know if Hyperion's on-site download prices subtract VAT when you download to the USA?

I bought a download (Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 [FLAC Studio Master (24-bit 96 kHz) Album])  from Hyperion yesterday. My credit card was charged the GBP amount listed on the site using the current conversion rate, 1.60 yesterday. VAT was not mentioned or itemized.

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« Reply #762 on: January 19, 2013, 08:31:35 AM »
It usually costs that or more at other sites. Importcds has it for $55+shipping (59.98 if in the US). I don;t know their rates outside the US.

I just ordered this set yesterday at Amazon US for just under $66 (shipping already included).  There is no advantage of buying the set from across the pond since there is really no price break there for me ...

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Re: On-line Stores & Sellers
« Reply #763 on: January 20, 2013, 09:55:11 AM »
Has anyone else got one of these yet?

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Re: On-line Stores & Sellers
« Reply #764 on: January 21, 2013, 01:15:45 AM »
There is no advantage of buying the set from across the pond since there is really no price break there for me ...

I generally stopped buying stuff from the US, not because of the price, but because of the EU import obstructions.
Everything above 22 euros in value is subject to VAT (21%) + customs handling fee (approximately $10). And even if no VAT is required, the package usually spends as much as a month in customs and sometimes it even gets lost (= stolen).
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Re: On-line Stores & Sellers
« Reply #765 on: January 21, 2013, 08:24:38 AM »
I generally stopped buying stuff from the US, not because of the price, but because of the EU import obstructions.
Everything above 22 euros in value is subject to VAT (21%) + customs handling fee (approximately $10). And even if no VAT is required, the package usually spends as much as a month in customs and sometimes it even gets lost (= stolen).

There is no VAT in the US YET.  I am not sure what dollar threshold would trigger an import duty when I buy from Europe, though I have exceeded $200 on a single order only on one occasion.  Buying on Amazon US is still good as long as I do not have to pay state sale tax.

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Re: On-line Stores & Sellers
« Reply #766 on: January 28, 2013, 04:09:47 PM »
Um. So MDT's giving me a quote of $66.99 shipping on my $183 shopping cart.

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Re: On-line Stores & Sellers
« Reply #767 on: January 28, 2013, 04:27:12 PM »
Um. So MDT's giving me a quote of $66.99 shipping on my $183 shopping cart.

Not too bad I guess. What do they charge for the shipment of each item?
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« Reply #768 on: January 28, 2013, 06:41:16 PM »
Um. So MDT's giving me a quote of $66.99 shipping on my $183 shopping cart.

Shipping & Handling is not cheap at MDT.  I think Presto Classical is a bit cheaper when it comes S&H but MDT does have much better selections ...

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« Reply #769 on: January 28, 2013, 08:49:08 PM »
Shipping & Handling is not cheap at MDT.  I think Presto Classical is a bit cheaper when it comes S&H but MDT does have much better selections ...

I've found that if Presto has the same item on sale as MDT,  it will be cheaper at Presto;  and shipping charges are way less at Presto. You'd pay $66 in shipping charges only if you were ordering 60 plus items (and a box set counts as one item) or you were ordering an especially big and bulky boxset.  (About $3 for the first item, and approximately $1 per item for anything after that.) And I find the selection at Presto meets my needs as well as MDT's does.  Perhaps that's just a function of the type of music I prefer--at any rate,  I've stopped using MDT, mostly because of those shipping charges, which did seem rather steep to me when I did order from them once or twice.

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« Reply #770 on: January 28, 2013, 09:16:26 PM »
Re: Presto, hear hear: I've bailed on good-looking MDT deals pretty much routinely because the large shipping rates to the USA cancel out the deal entirely.  On my last couple order from Presto, medium-small by my standards (~8 items), shipping came to perhaps $1.30 per item, a bit cheaper than Importcds domestic shipping (though the prices between those places end up balancing out, pending sales) and very little more than BRO.
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« Reply #771 on: January 28, 2013, 09:47:09 PM »
MDT must charge per disc, because my ultimate total has been much higher at MDT than at Presto, at least for shipping to the US.  Maybe MDT has changed their shipping policy recently?  Presto charges per item, not per disc; though I have noticed that occasional heavier box sets incur a surcharge for weight.  (Nothing that I've ordered from them has suffered such a charge, yet.)
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« Reply #772 on: January 28, 2013, 09:59:17 PM »
MDT must charge per disc, because my ultimate total has been much higher at MDT than at Presto, at least for shipping to the US.  Maybe MDT has changed their shipping policy recently?  Presto charges per item, not per disc; though I have noticed that occasional heavier box sets incur a surcharge for weight.  (Nothing that I've ordered from them has suffered such a charge, yet.)

MDT changed their shipping policies quite some time ago.  They are still cheaper than Amazon for single discs.

I usually use Presto for box sets, though MDT may still comes out cheaper for small sets.  You could also check Crotchet.

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« Reply #773 on: January 29, 2013, 05:34:17 AM »
MDT -   $2.00 for first CD, $1.00 every CD thereafter

Yeah, my problem was I had a couple of big jazz boxes (e.g., the RCA Complete Nina Simone) for which they were obviously charging by the disc instead of by the box.

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« Reply #774 on: January 29, 2013, 05:31:56 PM »
Yeah, my problem was I had a couple of big jazz boxes (e.g., the RCA Complete Nina Simone) for which they were obviously charging by the disc instead of by the box.

In that case, I can only imagine what the big Brilliant boxes ship for!

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« Reply #775 on: January 29, 2013, 07:18:14 PM »
Yes, for boxes, Presto is the way to go. For old school, jewel CDs, MDT is cheaper. (this is all speaking for shipping only)

Presto does not care if one item is a box set with 20 CD's, you pay that single item rate - $3.25.  MDT will pro-rate the box.  I have yet to figure out how they come up with the shipping charge if you have a box in the order ...

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« Reply #776 on: January 30, 2013, 01:50:04 AM »
mdt was my go to shop until their new postage rates started to apply a couple of years ago. Now I rarely use them, except for single discs when they have attractive offers and they've lost at least 80% of my business.

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« Reply #777 on: January 31, 2013, 07:22:09 AM »
mdt was my go to shop until their new postage rates started to apply a couple of years ago. Now I rarely use them, except for single discs when they have attractive offers and they've lost at least 80% of my business.

MDT used to have better postage rates?  I do not like etailers make money off me via shipping & handling.  They already make money off the products I order ...

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« Reply #778 on: January 31, 2013, 08:48:12 AM »
To be fair to MDT, when I lived in England and shipped boxes to the USA, they cost a fortune. I think I spent $80 mailing two boxes of sweaters. So Presto may be losing a lot of money on their P&P/shipping rates.

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« Reply #779 on: February 01, 2013, 09:43:26 AM »
Just a note to say how pleased I've been with Presto Classical. I've placed about 20 orders with them over the last couple of years, and everything has always arrived in perfect condition due to their sturdy packaging (strong cardboard boxes with bubble wrap) which puts Amazon to shame. For the first time, my most recent order contained a box set with a faulty disc; it looked fine, but skipped on a couple of tracks. I phoned up Presto, and received a replacement disc four days later without any hassle - a very good turnaround given they had to order in another box set.

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