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Could anyone provide inexpensive sources for Compact Flash cards?..

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Comment #1

Depends on where you are in the world. I'm in Australia and have bought a few 256 and 512 MB CF and SD cards over the last few months on eBay (you need to deal only with professional sellers) and have saved 30-50% on the best retail deals I can find in Australia. For example a Sandisk 256MB CF card for around US$55 (including postage). Have a look at www.tech4bargain.com. The great catch buying from overseas sellers is the potential for getting slapped with import duties and taxes - this seems to be a regular problem for Europeans buying from the US. In Australia many small items with a value less than AU$300-500 inevitably come straight through as the customs service doesn't bother to charge where the duty and tax is less than $50...

Comment #2

I personaly prefer buying at home country (not stuff from the overseas), because there maybe import tax, slow for parcel to arrive and etc. etc.... Secondly, some online sellers = crooks, so do you really want to buy stuff from a con-artist??? Since it is online you just don't know who you are dealing with. But I have to say that some online tend to be cheaper than high-street. My recommendation go to ebay.com (or which country of origin) OR go to.

Http://www.resellerratings.com/ basically it have ratings on each online store (if you saw a good deal online then I suggest have a look on this site, it may tell you nothing at all or pervious buyers may given a review that should best avoid)..

Comment #3

In many ways you are correct but for relatively safe trading on ebay I use only vendors with lots of feedback (50+), who respond to emails and have been registered for 6 months or more. It is also very important to know the local price of the item and the regular retail price in the US. A few minutes on the web soon sorts that out. At the moment for Australians, many local sellers are still sourcing product costed at around US$0.50 to US$0.60 per Australian dollar - many importers are ripping off the Australian public as the current exchange rate is US$0.76 to the Australian dollar. Buying from the US doesn't have that same exchange rate lag in the pricing. I expect European purchasers will find the same discrepancy.

With some products, the different importers have very different markups. For example Nikon is imported into Australia by a private distributor where in the US it seems to be a branch of Nikon. US prices on many Nikon items are around HALF the Australian price even when adjusted for currencies. For example a SL-1 Coollight for macro photography in Australia sells for around US$150 (AU$199) whereas in the US the same product can be bought for US$70 to US$80. I paid US$82 (AU$108) including airmail postage for one just before Christmas.

So there are a number of reasons to buy from the US - particularly for Australians - the only time I've been ripped off on eBay was by a local...

Comment #4

I walk into Costco and buy SanDisk 256 MB cards for $48 and some change...

Comment #5

Like many others I tend to stick to my local country and avoid imports as I've been caught by VAT too many times. eBay's cool, although you've got to be very careful with dodgy sellers. I've recently bought a Sandisk 8 in 1 reader and a Compact Flash Ultra II from netxposure.net. Prices were pretty cheap and delivery was fast. Cheers George..

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