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Still useless to us here living in southeast Asia.
You can use a shipping forwarder to get it to your country.
too bad that already defeats the main purpose of massdrop...getting it at a cheaper price. :(
It will still be cheaper than getting HD650s. Shipping forwarders are pretty affordable.
I bought 1more headphones using forwarder and I had to pay more than a USD100 even with the first time promotional discount. Not worth it. And you get to pay Import Duty as well which you need to send them a digital copy of the invoice to prove the actual purchase price. Seriously not worth it.
You have to pay import duty fees anyway, regardless of the method of shipping. In my experience, shipping forwarders tend to be more expensive than direct shipping (obviously), but it should not be too bad. They usually have calculators that can help you estimate the price if you know the weight and physical dimensions of the package.
For example, if you use assume the dimensions are 12.4 x 10 x 4.3 inches and the weight is 3.4 pounds (took it from the HD650's product page on Amazon.com), then shipping the package using a shipping forwarder (VYKING SHIP) to Hong Kong would cost $32.18 (using USPS Priority International), instead of $15 that Massdrop offers. Shipping forwarders usually offer $5-$10 discounts, so the difference certainly does not make this deal irrelevant for folks that cannot get direct shipping from Massdrop.
Yeah but I was lucky not to have paid any import tax when directly shipped to Australia.
With forwarder there is no escape.
They not only ask for the weight but the volume as well.
The discount was only for the initial shipping, nothing subsequently.
It's definitely a hit or miss. I can say that I used VYKING SHIP last month and did not have to pay import duty fees. I just had to fill out the customs declaration as required by law. I am aware of some forwarders that charge you the import duty fees in advance, though.
Yes, they requested digital copy of invoice to calculate the import tax so I had to pay immediately.