To buy new or take old
Hi we arrive in SA on the 1st September . I'm in the process of deciding what to take with us. Could someone please let me know the cost of new adult size bicycles. Trying to decide is it worth spending the time cleaning what we have or to buy new ones. Thanks
If you want an expensive bike, be aware of the import taxes you could be liable for if you buy it now.
FWIW, there is a very good UK company which ships to Aus and it tends to work out cheaper to do this than buy in Aus. I can't recall the name off hand, but 5 minutes of online research your end will turn it up I am sure. It was discussed on here or PIO recently and surprised me but it does seem to be true.
Hubby takes his road cycling very seriously and has a few bikes and he plans to buy a new one before we move but is allowing a year before we ship it out to avoid the taxes on it. When you are spending a few thousand possibly its better to not take the risk. If it was a £500 bike we'd buy it from UK and ship to Aus once we are there.
I looked at general daily type bikes, not the top end range, around a few hundred pound make and think they are rather pricey in Aus. If we get me a new one it'll be once we are in Aus and we'll order it from the UK.
Wiggle, thats the UK site people seem to use. You can compare doing a simple search online using something like 'bike stores, Australia' and then working out the conversion, taxes you may have to pay and so on.
Last edited by snifter; 18-06-2012 at 09:43 AM.
Depends on what sort of bike you are looking for? If you are an expert cyclist then it maybe better to bring your bike with you but if its just a cheap and cheerful then then there are loads here. Gumtree is a good place and porn brokers. I know of a great one for bikes on Unley Rd.
I took my Trek Madone on the plane but did have increased luggage allowance with Singapore Airlines. Thinking about it - it was just over the year but because it came in with my luggage in a bike bag customs were only interested in its cleanliness!
Originally Posted by snifter
The other 9 bikes we brought were easy enough to clean and packed up small in the container in bike boxes. Plenty of Jeyes fluid is the key as it stinks as a disinfectant!
Am buying no1 son a new bike (another Trek) which is $319.00 here from Oxygen Cycles in McLaren Vale and was £220 in local bike shop in UK - so that is currently cheaper but this is not always the case!
Snifter - Hubby will be pleased to know Wiggle deliver here fairly quickly! Have ordered several things recently.
I've not read this post but from the title I would say bring everything and anything. We bought it all with us including beds, cheap bikes, work tools, wardrobes, wish now i'd even bought over our old car (you'll see). it will cost you a lot more to by new than what you will get for selling things to friends, family and car boot sales.
Depends on hows paying for shipping. I bought everything bar the lawnmower. When you arrive you will have all kinds of financial demands who never foresaw so bringing something form the UK means its one thing less to buy here.
I am really struggling with this one.
Most of our large Furniture is 10-20 years old and much of it might not stand up to the move. Also it is all olde worlde style as our current home is cottage style. In Oz we hope to go more contemporary.
I am currently negotiating with a prospective house buyer who will give me an extra £7000 on the house price for all the major items and most of the decorative items. As shipping from here is approx £5000 for a 20ft container, I reckon that by not shipping the big stuff I would be about 10k in hand. Not a lot really, but since my big stuff is at the end of life I am finding this offer attractive.
I have crunched the numbers - if I ignore the fact that much is at the end of its life then I agree with the idea "ship everything". But when I consider what I will need to replace over the next 12-24 months anyway, then I struggle to make up my mind.
Any thoughts/ideas/comments appreciated.
What about things you haven't got? We moved in with my parents and we now haven't got a microwave, kettle, iron, fridge, wash mach.... Should we buy here & ship or just buy in oz?
Irish Stew - If I was in your shoes I'd not bother shipping furniture and buy once in Aus.
We'll be buying a fair bit once we buy a house and defo not shipping everything from the UK.
I'm planning to ship personal belongings, kitchen stuff like crockery and bedding, towels, clothes and so on. Books, kids toys etc. only real furniture shipping will be bed, desk and a couple of chairs I love and we won't get in Aus.
I'd buy in Aus. You 'll have the warranty with it all then also and have it from when you arrive rather than wait for container.
Originally Posted by Paula H