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has anyone ever made a big order through starbike.com or merlynscycles.com over $800?

Old 08-29-15, 01:25 AM
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has anyone ever made a big order through starbike.com or merlynscycles.com over $800?

i want to buy a wheelset, cassette and ,tires from them but i don't know if i'm going to get charged extra money for duties and shipping and what not.
have you guys ever order something from them and been charged for those things??? How about your Bank did they charge a currency exchange fee??
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Old 08-29-15, 04:31 AM
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Minimize your exposure by ordering each item separately. I've never been hit with extra charges for anything.
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Call your credit card company and ask about exchange fees. Usually the exchange rate on a reputable credit card is very attractive, and many cards charge no fees. Lots of Chase and Citi cards fall into this category, especially the ones that are intended for travel use, like the ones affiliated with specific hotel chains and airlines.
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The uk sites charge U.S. dollars. Make sure you choose us dollars for currency and U.S. for shipping location.
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Originally Posted by rms13 View Post
The uk sites charge U.S. dollars. Make sure you choose us dollars for currency and U.S. for shipping location.
They charge pounds even though they quote prices in US dollars. Your credit/debit card company pays that then collects dollars from you according to their exchange rate which may be slightly worse than what you look up online. Some cards charge a currency conversion fee up to several percent, some charge nothing like my Chase card.



Usually it's still much less expensive than buying the same things in the US, with shipping taking about as long to California as UPS takes getting here from the US East Coast.
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I use PayPal credit for purchases from merlin, ribble and pbk and the amount charged to my account is always the same U.S. dollar ammount quoted. And OP, I would not consider your order to be a big order.
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I use PayPal credit for purchases from merlin, ribble and pbk and the amount charged to my account is always the same U.S. dollar ammount quoted. And OP, I would not consider your order to be a big order.
it's a pretty big order for me buddy. but thanks for your input.
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it's a pretty big order for me buddy. but thanks for your input.
He's not insulting you, he's telling you how to judge your order against the general business type that these stores do. And BTW do you think the US Customs Service cares whether you think the order is large or small. They define the duties to be applied to the order based on a certain dollar number, not on how it affects your finances. rms13 is simply saying that many folks building up a bike are likely to spend a lot more than that. It isn't a pissing contest.
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker View Post
He's not insulting you, he's telling you how to judge your order against the general business type that these stores do. And BTW do you think the US Customs Service cares whether you think the order is large or small. They define the duties to be applied to the order based on a certain dollar number, not on how it affects your finances. rms13 is simply saying that many folks building up a bike are likely to spend a lot more than that. It isn't a pissing contest.
seems to me that you feel insulted, for you thinking that i feel insulted hmmm. thanks for your input

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Originally Posted by allen254 View Post
seems to me that you feel insulted for you thinking that i feel insulted hmmm. thanks for your input
I haven't felt insulted since back in '48.
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it's a pretty big order for me buddy. but thanks for your input.
There is one guy here who was buying like 10-20 wheelsets at a time to resell, thats a big order. Buying parts for one bike is what most people do so an average order
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There is one guy here who was buying like 10-20 wheelsets at a time to resell, thats a big order. Buying parts for one bike is what most people do so an average order
Thats good to know i guess? ??
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I have made $500 and $800 orders from starbike, no extra fees for US customs or whatever, just that sweet sweet discount of no VAT. I have a credit card that does currency exchange at no added cost. It does lock my card up and wait for confirmation each time I have ordered from starbike (unlike, say, British Amazon).
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I have made $500 and $800 orders from starbike, no extra fees for US customs or whatever, just that sweet sweet discount of no VAT. I have a credit card that does currency exchange at no added cost. It does lock my card up and wait for confirmation each time I have ordered from starbike (unlike, say, British Amazon).
thanks man will probably be ordering through one of these guys soon .
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I have ordered from star bike thm cranks and brakes from them and never been charged customs. I use paypal.
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