I'm not Dutch and when I go to the Netherlands it's usually work related at the Technical University with little time for tourism, so I'm sure several people will have a lot better suggestions, but, from my walkings around Amsterdam I can recommend the Tuschinski Theater, the canals of course, Westerkerk is nice if you like churches, several nice museums and the diamond district. Both Gassan diamonds and Coster Diamonds let you tour the premises and see how diamonds are made/cut.
it is not a matter of shipping cost... Emotiva is using DHL and FEDEX at very reasonable prices for shipping overseas. importing non E.U. goods makes the cost to take off when they are passing through the border customs... if here in Europe a guy buys an XPA-1 for 999 USD,at the end will cost him more than a 1000 euros,at least... more than 30% expensive from a guy in the States...
plus there is the service buck-up... it is not the same to have your amp repaired from a local electronic,as it is to have it done from a verified Emotiva technician,is it?
Post by mysterymachine on Sept 4, 2011 12:25:23 GMT -5
All I know is if they have a european branch they need to make sure they get customs right for repairs. I had a Netgear router that broke under warranty and they had me send it to france and fill out a special exclusion form stating it was for repair only so no tax was to be paid... but then they didn't do the same when they shipped back to switzerland and I got hit with 30 bucks in import tax and 20 bucks in DHL "tax collection fee" (DHL is the worst that way). I looking into fighting it but its a huge ordeal that would cost more than 50. I can only imagine the charges on something more expensive like most of emotiva's stuff.
I did see they mentioned they will have something in place for UMC-1 owners in europe that want to update to 3D enabled UMC-1 so they will have some sort of presence or contracted out repair here. Heck I work on electronics all the time and don't have a job right now - they could hire me to do it and I'm in switzerland... right in the middle for europe
Post by LCSeminole on Sept 5, 2011 10:11:14 GMT -5
Cathy said they've made a lot of headway on this for their presence in Amsterdam. Their product will be shipped directly from China to Amsterdam. There is more but I am fuzzy on the details and don't want to misquote Cathy, so I'll let the fine folks at Emotiva fill in the blanks when they deem it releasable.
Post by spilegou13 on Sept 13, 2011 0:53:50 GMT -5
the question: Hi. I am reading in your forum that you intend to have a new European branch in Amsterdam,Holland. This would be great for all of us living in Europe as we may buy your products much cheaper,as we would avoid border customs taxes,and this means that prices would be equal to these in the States.... For now buying and importing goods outside the E.U.,costs to us at least 30% more than U.S. citizens..... Plus there is the issue of support and service as it would be more convenient to all of us...
Therefore,could you be more specific and let us know if the European branch is going to happen and if possible,when is it to be a certain fact?
the answer: Hello Spiros,
Thank you for your email. Yes, we are in the process of obtaining a European distribution center. The details are still being worked out, so as soon as we have more information we will update our website. We are very excited!
Please let me know if you have any further questions.
Sarah Terry Office Manager Emotiva Audio Corporation
Missed this thread, since I usually don't scroll down this far! But a Dutch branch would be nice if this meant reducing the shipping costs and duties. Also good for warranties and repairs, since most buyers aren't as adventurous (naive?) as myself.
BTW, if I was setting up a distribution center (without a window anyway), I would be looking for the south of Brussels. Less traffic jams and there's an airport with ample capacity. Brussels "South" as Ryanair calls it. And closer to Erwin's home I might add...
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