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  1. #1
    AR Newbie Registered Member
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    May 2008

    buying from the web - your help is needed

    I live in Israel and the prices here are for amps/recievers are extremely high comparing to the prices that i saw in the internet.

    I want to buy from the web a new ROTEL (maybe RA-06) but I couldn't find any store.

    I need to have 220V so I thought that maybe i should buy it from hong-kong.

    your help is very welcome !!!

    Thank you, benny.

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    A couple of points:

    1) Many brands (and I believe Rotel is one of them) do not have any authorized internet dealers. So it will be dificult (if possible) to find their products for sale on the net + even if you do, the manufacturer will not honor the warranty.

    2) If you haven't done so already, then you should check out how much import duties are in Israel. Since by the time you pay shipping and import duties, it might be cheaper to just buy from a local store.

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    Start with eBay

    Ajani's points notwithstanding, if you're willing to buy used, there are some great deals to be had. I also believe that Israel's import duties don't apply to used gear, although I don't know that for sure. I also believe that not all areas of Israel have the same import duties and so depending on where you live, you could reduce your expenses. You may also be able to ship to a PO box in a lower tax zone, although I don't know the specifics of the laws in Israel. I'm certainly not advocating that you break the law.

    Regarding the 220v, you would probably be best ordering from European resellers. You may also need to invest in some good adapter plugs if they don't match what you're getting from Europe. Actually, if there is one item you would probably not want to buy from abroad, it's a good power source. Many countries have varying degrees of quality when it comes to power, so a power center designed specifically for your country or region is probably best.

    Start with eBay. They have good resources for buyers, payment, and all the legal details that are involved. I have sold gear to people in Israel and shipped it from the US w/o too much trouble, so there should also be people near you who can assist you in getting started.

    One more thing: aren't there hi-fi manufacturers based in Israel? Certainly your pricing on their gear would be better than it would be to anyone elsewhere.

    Anyhow, I hope this helps.

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    Man of the People Forums Moderator bobsticks's Avatar
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    Buy used. I don't really recommend this with speakers (and long distance shipping), but amps are extraordinarily resilient and have few parts that can be broken by even the most jaded delivery person. Rotel's are built like tanks and can be found in great condition for very little money.
    So, I broke into the palace
    With a sponge and a rusty spanner
    She said : "Eh, I know you, and you cannot sing"
    I said : "That's nothing - you should hear me play piano"

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    AR Newbie Registered Member
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    Thank you all

    I think that used one can be a good answer.
    I really wanted to have new but i couldn't find.
    I liked the RA-06 sound a lot.


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    Forum Regular hermanv's Avatar
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    Dec 2004
    Santa Rosa, CA
    Maybe a 220/110V converter transformer? They are easily found and allow you to buy from a large used equipment market.

    Not all sellers will be willing to bother, but this site has a very large selection of all things audiophile:

    I took a quick look, I'm guessing about 75 Rotel products.

    My stuff:
    Olive Musica/transport and server
    Mark Levinson No.360S D to A
    Passive pre (homemade; Shallco, Vishay, Cardas wire/connectors)
    Cardas Golden Presence IC
    Pass Labs X250
    Martin Logan ReQuests.

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