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moving finally - feb 2014 aus questions.

Post by Mukik » Thu Jan 02, 2014 5:24 pm

so. a few things come to mind. but the first is. power conversions. I know with the power supply I can get a cable and set the switch to 220w?

I was curoius about monitors. is there a way to find out if your monitor is adaptable to the australian power supply vs us?

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Post by Ddrak » Fri Jan 03, 2014 3:46 am

Most modern PCs have auto-switching power supplies - if there's no switch, check the compliance info and it probably will say 110-240V or something.

Same with monitors - the compliance panel will tell you but all the ones I had were the standard 3-prong IEC plug and happily accepted 110-240V. Routers/switches/etc. tended to fare less well and only supported 110 and needed a transformer (or just replacement).

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Post by Mukik » Fri Feb 21, 2014 3:28 pm

We are getting settled , and I was wondering if there is an equivalent to fry's or microcenter over here? I may need to get the youngin a laptop for school , or give her mine and upgrade mine. I found the good guys, and harvey normans to be like best buy and maybe target electronics.

I love the food, is ironic a normal grocer's quality - woolworths or coles,is what you have to hunt for at like whole foods / sprouts. we do have a 'green' grocer close by as well whos prices arent a 50% mark up like you see back in denver.

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Post by Taxious » Fri Feb 21, 2014 3:49 pm

Mukik wrote:we do have a 'green' grocer close by as well whos prices arent a 50% mark up like you see back in denver.
That must be nice! Frugal me hates going into those places here.
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Post by Minute » Fri Feb 21, 2014 4:10 pm

Spiders & Snakes everywhere. BURN THAT COUNTRY DOWN & START NEW!
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Post by Mukik » Fri Feb 21, 2014 8:01 pm

in the month we have been here I have seen one huntsman which was out of the ordinary, otherwise its been daddy long legs. there was a cockroach that looked like it could haul off a baby, and no snakes yet.


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Post by Ddrak » Sun Feb 23, 2014 5:52 am

Mukik wrote:We are getting settled , and I was wondering if there is an equivalent to fry's or microcenter over here? I may need to get the youngin a laptop for school , or give her mine and upgrade mine. I found the good guys, and harvey normans to be like best buy and maybe target electronics.

I love the food, is ironic a normal grocer's quality - woolworths or coles,is what you have to hunt for at like whole foods / sprouts. we do have a 'green' grocer close by as well whos prices arent a 50% mark up like you see back in denver.
No Fry's or Microcenter, sadly. Best bet is maybe something like umart.com.au, or there's a ton of independent small computer shops around. Can also try kogan.com.au if you're into grey market imports.

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Post by Minute » Sun Feb 23, 2014 9:50 am

There is an upside.
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Post by Mukik » Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:12 am

And I found nerd central . Work is off george st by the asian marketplace - aka chinatown? Theres this building full of computer stores.

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Post by Mukik » Wed Feb 26, 2014 1:55 am

Im waiting on my optus broadband to be activated , the date passing and am getting this gut feeling I am dealing with the australian version of comcast or uswest....ugh

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Post by Ddrak » Wed Feb 26, 2014 3:01 pm

Broadband takes forever to activate. Doesn't matter who you go with, it just takes forever. Welcome to Australia. :/

I'm with Telstra, but only to have the same provider/bill for cellphone, landline and broadband. Remember over here cell calls are only charged outgoing, not incoming.

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Re: moving finally - feb 2014 aus questions.

Post by Mukik » Tue Jun 10, 2014 2:34 am

ok so next noob question.


we buy something on ebay and the disclaimer says - you are responsible for the imporation taxes, etc if it comes from china.

whats this about and
is it even worth bidding on

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Post by Ddrak » Tue Jun 10, 2014 6:19 am

http://www.customs.gov.au/webdata/resou ... netWEB.pdf

Essentially, if you're not importing alcohol or tobacco and the value is less than $1000 then you don't pay duty or GST. Above that and you get slugged for 5% import duty and 10% GST on pretty much the whole price including shipping and customs is nice and friendly and holds the stuff for you until you pay.

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