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Pros Of Buying Musical Instruments Online

Buying musical instruments such as guitars, keyboards, microphones etc has been an expensive task if you're living outside of the USA. Often local music stores inflate their prices and they end up costing you up to THREE TIMES what you'd pay for a local USA shop. An extreme example of this can be found in New Zealand where that John Mayer Stratocaster costs $999 USD in the United States, but by the time it's shipped to New Zealand with staff costs, rent costs, inflation, markup and taxes - you'll be paying three times more! For this very reason many musicians worldwide choose to purchase from USA stores who ship internationally. Checkout Hilton Piano Center LLC. Though they must advertise their products as non-international, a simple phone call to any of these companies can have your item shipped internationally. Most retailers offer DHL, USPS and FEDEX. For piece of mind you can ship DHL/FEDEX but will be paying twice as much as USPS rates. USPS have more common occurrences of goods being damaged in transit, or being lost altogether while FEDEX/DHL are very diligent most of the time. Google the above business names and I'm sure you'll find a shipper who can deliver musical instruments to your international location for a fraction of the price you may buy at locally. Although do bear in mind currency conversions and 110VOLT/240VOLT adapter differences as you wouldn't want to plugin your new item only to have it explode because you didn't take the time to check this minor detail. Other things to consider when buying online are: * Power supplies - do they match your local voltage? * Warranty - what support will you receive in your country? * Currency conversions - check your bank rates before buying online! * PayPal protection - Always shop using PayPal so you can be covered in the event of problems. * Import taxes/duties - currently Hong Kong is the only country which will not charge you additional taxes when importing gear from overseas. Some countries such as Australia have a threshold so any value under $1000 will not incur import tax/duty. As to the question of why American listed prices are generally much lower than their retail counterparts in the UK, Australia, NZ, etc. This question has many answers: For the last 30-40 years the American Musical Instrument industry and their retailers have been battling it out,…