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Buying From America

I appreciate this might be a bit indelicate on a site sponsored by Olympus UK but I wonder if anyone has any thoughts on buying from the US. Specifically is the 1 year warranty a worldwide supported one? ie could I contact Olympus UK in the first year if I have a problem.
Reason I ask is my daughter is presently in Washington. I've checked B&H prices and I could get the OM-D body + 14-42mm lens for 680. As well as this their offer is the MMF-3 free (you pay $179 but claim it back). A second offer is to buy the 40-150mm at the same time and get that for approx 100. I'm really tempted.
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Re: Buying From America

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I appreciate this might be a bit indelicate on a site sponsored by Olympus UK but I wonder if anyone has any thoughts on buying from the US. Specifically is the 1 year warranty a worldwide supported one? ie could I contact Olympus UK in the first year if I have a problem.
Reason I ask is my daughter is presently in Washington. I've checked B&H prices and I could get the OM-D body + 14-42mm lens for 680. As well as this their offer is the MMF-3 free (you pay $179 but claim it back). A second offer is to buy the 40-150mm at the same time and get that for approx 100. I'm really tempted.
I was going to do this back in April but then decided not to get the OM-D. But the Oly warranty was 2 years online if you register your purchase. However, I think you have to show purchase proof to claim
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Re: Buying From America

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I think the 2 year warranty is only on purchases within the EU. I just wondered if anyone had purchased any Olympus kit abroad and were able to use Olympus UK for within the 1 year warranty repairs - if needed.
From all of the reviews I've read and the posts here I'm really interested in the OM-D. I think the deal in the US is a pretty good one where you could end up with the camera, 14-42,40-150 and MMF-3 for less than 800.
My main problem is there is nowhere in the central belt in Scotland that you can go handle the camera - no one has it. What I have realised however is that it has very similar dimensions and weight to my old OM-10

OM-10 135 X 85 X 35 - W x H x D excluding the lens mount. Weight 425gms approx according to my kitchen scales
OM-D 121 X 89 X 42 Weight 425gms including battery

On that basis I think I could live without the grip and battery holder. Maybe I could go back to the ever ready case.
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My main problem is there is nowhere in the central belt in Scotland that you can go handle the camera - no one has it.
I have it - you're more than welcome to come over here and try mine.
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Re: Buying From America

I suspect it's more than a warranty issue. US prices seldom include local sales tax which can add a bob or two. HMRC will want VAT off you as well.
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Re: Buying From America

David,
I've gone through the B&H site to checkout and there is no added sales tax. I appreciate that bringing the camera into the country has its issues but if its in your luggage there is little chance that HMRC is going to question its purchase.

Stephen,
Thanks for the offer I'd really like to see the camera in the flesh - so to speak. I work in Edinburgh Mondays and Fridays - this week Tuesday due to the holiday. Would it be possible to arrange something soon?
Thanks again for the offer.
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Re: Buying From America

We visited the US a couple of years ago and I had every intention of buying a lens from one of the big camera shops there. All looked good until you added the tax onto the price, and then with the exchange rate being low at the time it was just about as cheap to buy one here, and if bought here you had the peace of mind that the warranty gives you.
One thing I did like over there is the fact that the camera shops seemed to stock Olympus gear and you could try a lens on your camera, or even actually hold a camera in your hands before buying it.
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David,
I've gone through the B&H site to checkout and there is no added sales tax. I appreciate that bringing the camera into the country has its issues but if its in your luggage there is little chance that HMRC is going to question its purchase.
From some recent posts on FTU it seems that as US sales taxes are levied at different levels by each individual state companies like B&H do not include sales tax on internet sales for "out of state" purchasers. US citizens are supposed to declare such purchases on their Tax Return (yeah, I bet they do). However if you purchase "over the counter" in one of their stores they will automatically add the local sales tax.

From many years experience of international travel on business I would advise never to chance your luck with HMRC. If they find a high value item in your luggage they will certainly question its purchase and ask to see a receipt. They also have a database of serial numbers of all items which have been legitimately imported into the UK. With today's concerns over security and drug smuggling I suspect that at least a proportion of incoming baggage is also X-rayed. If you are caught going through the Green Channel with an undeclared item you will certainly have to pay the VAT and any import duty plus they may confiscate the item or fine you or all three!
Add to this the risk of pilfering by baggage handlers and it doesn't seem worthwhile.
Sorry if this is all negative but I don't think it's worth the risk.

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