07 May 2010 5:04 AM
|We are coming over in October. Are we best to buy new stuff before we come over, ie electrical items and furniture?|
07 May 2010 7:13 PM
don't come on here very often, but we found it better to buy over here,
because you get a good price when buying a lot of things together. Like
from The Goodguys electrical store. You get the gurantee on the goods, less shipping costs, plus no hassle with plugs!! Some things might seem expensive but you have
to be carefull when shipping new itmes over, you may get charged on import(not sure).
When you rent you don't always get white goods inside and we found it easier to buy
new ones than wait 9 weeks for customs with our crate. When you do come over bring a short extension lead with adapter in your luggage so you came charge up laptops,phones and use hair-dryer. we found this very usefull.
Hope this helps
07 May 2010 7:14 PM
|No, save your cash for when you get here. If you check out Good Guys online and Argos online, you will find that most items you can buy here are roughly the same price in the UK. At least if you buy them here, you will be able to take them back to the shop if they are faulty. Furniture takes up lots of container space and wood, leather etc. all have to be treated before import. Also. UK furniture may not look right in an Aussie home. Bring what you already have and save your money till you get here (my opinion).|
07 May 2010 8:33 PM
|Regular furniture both wooden and leather do not have to be treated before import. Only unsealed wood needs to be treated.|
08 May 2010 12:19 AM
|Jim I reackon with the exchange rate I would be stuffing a container with as much stuff as I possibly could. We are looking to import furniture from UK for our new house and with shiping costs and import duty they still come in cheaper. I stuffed our container with new stuff from Germany, took all the labels off, repacked it and didnt get charged import duty. My only regret is that I didnt buy more!|
09 May 2010 10:51 PM
We arrived here 7th Feb 2010 and shipped everything including a BMW car and GSXR Motor bike and our push bikes. The only thing we didn't ship was our fridge, freezer or lawn mower ( didn't want to risk it not being clean enough !.
It has made it a whole lot easier to settle.
For a start, it will help you feel more settled with your own things around you and it also takes away all the hassle of shopping around for the best deals.
Things are pretty cheap in the UK at the moment and while you are there and know where all the best deals are, you should snap up the bargins and bring as much as you possibly can.
Even if you find you don't need it when you get here...you will get more for it second hand here than you would in the UK. Second hand stuff is not cheap here (I have found)
Vanessa and Mal|
10 May 2010 12:22 AM
|You probably made a wise decision not bringing your fridge or freezer with you. We bought ours which was only about a year old,but realised that the fridge couldn't handle the hot summer temperatures.We have bouught a new fridge freezer which also has more room as it is side by side.Prices were pretty reasonable too.