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    Hello all,

    I am thinking of buying a better telescope. After doing some research e.g. Looking at ebay and alibaba.com i found some online vendors who sell telescopes for half or even less than i would pay here in france or another european country.
    The online shops i foun are located in eastern countrys like indonesia or singapore. They all can be payed with paypal. Are there forum members arround with experieces of buying there?
    Examples of prices:
    EdgeHD-SC CGE Pro 1400 GoTo 9750,= euro at astroshop gemany vs. 4352,33 euro at c2-optics in singapore
    EdgeHD-SC CGEM 800 GoTo 2495,= euro at same shop vs. 1082,63 at same shop
    All these prices are include shipping to home adres in france and will carry the insurence of paypal.
    This is just one of the online shops....i found several.
    Pls. comment this reflection, thank in advance Rob

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    hi and welcome to the forums.
    i have purchased items from overseas for astrononmy,
    but not a telescope.
    one good reason to be wary:what if the scope arrives and it
    is damaged?this can happen more often than you think.
    you then have the hassle of shipping damaged items back.
    also,you will have no warranty on your scope,so if all is
    well on arrival,and then it breaks down 6 months down the line,
    then what?
    they sound like a good deal,but you need to weigh up the pro's
    and con's.
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    thanks for your swift reply.

    isnt the factory (celestron, meade etc etc) obligated to give the factory warrant worldwide ?? If that isnt the case i wont think of buying overseas. The shipping is assured by paypal and the transport company (ups or other). I understand it would be a pain to recieve a broken telescope but i also read its possible to ask for extra packaging.

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    I too have eyed the far east telescope vendors but can't see where the savings is worth the risk. There are problems buying telescopes from outside the EU. The EU does not practice free trade. Most EU countries have some sizable customs duties and VAT they collect as well as brokers fees, ware house storage fees, etc. For you, this is dependent upon the bureaucracy in France. Here in Greece clearing customs for a telescope will also take a day out of your life to do the paper work. Been there and done that.

    Second, The telescope market is divided around the world using distributorships. The warranty of a telescope is only good within the territory assigned to the distributor who furnished the scope to the dealer where you purchased it. This breaks down a little within the EU. Here we return our scope to the dealer where we purchased it and the dealer works with the distributor for the warranty service. I've purchased telescopes from both the UK and Germany and had warranty issues with both. With the UK company, we split the shipping costs and they took care of the problem (very professional by the way). With the German company, again a warranty issue but I had to pay shipping both ways.... It was far cheaper for me to get the spare part and fix the scope myself which I did so I don't know how the actual warranty service would have been with the German company but suspect that they would have promptly taken care of the problem. I also find that most of the UK telescope companies will not sell Celestron and Meade outside the UK.


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    your last comment is nicely detailled and give me enough reason to have a better look close to my home
    now i have to think about what to buy a Celestron CPC 1100 StarBright XLT GPS which will eat my complete budget or a smaller aperture telescope on a CGEM mount which gives me more possibilitys in future. I have seen the EdgeHD-SC CGEM 800 GoTo for 2495,= . What i have read it seems to be a good mount and a nice SC for photos also

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    Also check if their is any duty imposed on imports from other countries. For all you may know, you may end up paying more than what is priced in your country. Best thing would be to request a friend or someone to bring it along with them. Getting them to agree is where your skills lie.
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    One thing to consider with the 11 inch CPC: it's going to be heavy - I have a nexstar 11gps and it's just on the border of being movable for short distances by one person, if you move the tripod seperately. I can lift an 8" SCT attached to the tripod fairly easily, but not the N11gps - there's a big jump in weight from the 8" to 11" models. Not too much of a problem if you can leave it set up, but the 8" models are definitely far more portable
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    In the UK you get charged import duty and VAT - and the really annoying thing is that you get charged VAT on the shipping cost as well .

    I think someone mentioned importing stuff from the UK - does that mean there's actually somewhere more expensive than the UK to buy scopes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jerryTheC;1057455474 I think someone mentioned importing stuff from the UK - does that mean there's actually somewhere more expensive than the UK to buy [autolink
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    Yes Jerry, most astronomy gear in France is more expensive than the UK.
    I believe this is what prompted the OP's questions.

    I got my telescope delivered to the south of France from Germany.

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    I am having relatives in the states send me a scope, in various packages, as in Australia we only pay duties on value over 1000 Aus
    in my case i could fly to the states buy the scope , and it would still have been cheaper than buying the scope here, that way i could also check the scope out, and had a trip to the states. if the vendor would a specify the value as less/a gift ......

 

 
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