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Old 01-16-07, 08:38 PM
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Best way to buy something not sold in USA?

Been shopping for a Deda top cap to go with my Deda stem and handlebar. Have not had any luck finding a source in USA. The Deda Elementi web site shows they sell a Deda top cap but a Google search has not produced any source in USA. Lots of sources in Europe (primarily UK) but none in USA. My LBS tells me he can buy Deda ....but only the Deda stuff that his distributors choose to import...and this top cap is not one of those items. Same for all the USA web I have found sites selling Deda products...top cap not listed as an available product. Unless someone here knows of a USA source, it looks like I will need to buy from a shop in the UK if I want it bad enough.

That brings me to the crux of my question. I have never purchased vis web from overseas and the web sites do not make it east to determine what an item might cost me if I did that. Hard to know what the actual cost (item + VAT + shipping + import expenses + other hidden cost) would be after I make a purchase.

What am I up against to purchase an item in UK (or any other site outside USA) and have it mailed to me in USA?
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Old 01-16-07, 08:45 PM
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I would email the company direct....they might be able to put you in contact with a US vendor and at the very least they should be able to put you in contact with an overseas vendor that will ship to you over seas....

I have done this with a few companys and they have always been more than helpful in getting me there product. Flattery will usually get you every where....
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My baby brother purchased an old Holden (Aussie car) in the US many years ago. He has alot of friends in Oz and always loved the Holden cars.
Hi instrument cluster went bad and the cost of having one shipped here was just way too much.
After about 6 months of pissing and moaning one of his buds from Oz was coming to the US for business so he had his aussie buddy buy the part, and when he arrived in the US he went to a FedEx and mailed it to my baby bro.
saved him a small fortune

a little far fetched for most, but this is *one* option
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Old 01-16-07, 09:30 PM
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I wish I knew someone traveling to the UK...good option. I did dig into one of the main web sites and they wanted 6 Pounds for the top cap plus a flat 15 Pounds for shipping. That 21 Pounds translates to about $41 US. I don't want it that bad.
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Recently I've been buying a few items from Europe on Ebay. I only pay for the item plus shipping.

Keep these tips in mind...

1. Buy from 'powersellers' only or dealers with impecable histories.
2. Watch the exchange rates.....its very easy to overpay. The U.K. tends to be in pounds while the rest of Europe is in Euros.
2. Watch the shipping charges!!!

Good Luck,
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Old 01-17-07, 12:18 PM
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Originally Posted by oldokie
I wish I knew someone traveling to the UK...good option. I did dig into one of the main web sites and they wanted 6 Pounds for the top cap plus a flat 15 Pounds for shipping. That 21 Pounds translates to about $41 US. I don't want it that bad.
I hope you don't want it that bad!

But keep looking: there are several euro vendors which sell some items for substantially less than their US competitors, even when shipping is included. Many here have bought from the UK vendors probikekit.com (no shipping charge to the US) or totalcycling.com ; maybe you can put together an order for some other items that would help absorb some of the shipping cost.
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Total Cycling is the source I found that would cost $41. Have not seen this item on eBay but I did contact some eBay sources from UK and have not found one yet that carries this item. And....no, I don't want it bad enough to pay that kind of price!

BTW...I found other Euro sites that carried it but no english translation to the sites so I don't know what the situation would be with them.
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Old 01-17-07, 01:31 PM
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You might ask probikekit.com. They ship a lot to the US and sell Deda.

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Old 01-17-07, 07:39 PM
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I had never shopped at probikekit befors so I tried them out. They did not carry the Deda top cap I wanted but I did see some other odd's & ends that I ordered as an experiment. Currently have free shipping to US so that was not an issue but I am now curious if I will get tagged for customs? Should not be much if I do get hit...only ordered about $44 worth of small stuff. Anyone here have a problem with customs when ordering from UK? How do they decide when they will charge customs fees?????
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Old 01-18-07, 03:54 PM
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Originally Posted by oldokie
I had never shopped at probikekit befors so I tried them out. They did not carry the Deda top cap I wanted but I did see some other odd's & ends that I ordered as an experiment. Currently have free shipping to US so that was not an issue but I am now curious if I will get tagged for customs? Should not be much if I do get hit...only ordered about $44 worth of small stuff. Anyone here have a problem with customs when ordering from UK? How do they decide when they will charge customs fees?????
Either total or probikekit has a table of US customs charges for different categories of parts/accessories. In any case, you are not likely to be charged if the order is under $200 or so. For some large orders the customs fee will be collected, but it usually dosn't exceed 10%.
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another option purelycustom.com , they do custom top caps and other bike stuff asa
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