Buying sticks overseas.

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  1. The Dampener

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    Have any of you US buyers had any success buying your frames from overseas sellers?

    I'm trying to run track down and buy a few of those rare Aerogel frames unavailable here in the states.

    If you have any ideas, tips, advice, suggestions, warnings, etc., you have my gratitude.

    Thanks.
    Damp
     
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  2. ollinger

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    I've purchased two racquets, one from an internet dealer in England and one in France, in the past several years. Takes a few weeks and it's not cheap, but it went uneventfully.
     
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  3. Rorsach

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    Shipping for a racquet is about 30 bucks, so don't get nailed on that one.
     
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  4. gymrat76

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    I strongly advise against it. I was stiffed by a racquet dealer in Netherlands. Could hardly get my money back from p*a*y*p*a*l. Also had a tough time with a German man once. Everything went smooth at first but the deal turned south in the end. Wait for another item and stick to good ol' U.S, instead.
    (But this doesnt mean good sellers do not exist in Europe. No offense to anyone)
     
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  5. greenfan

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    There are some excellent online shops, especially in UK, where you can order and buy without any problem, but I think that the prices are higher in Europe, than in the States....
    And don't forget shipping too...
     
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  6. treblings

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    I had a bad experience with a seller from the U.S. but i´m sure there are some good sellers.:)
     
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  7. The Dampener

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    Yeah, I've run up against the high prices. Conversion rates and shipping charges make purchasing overseas nearly prohibitive. But if we want certain frames, we have no other choice.

    I haven't run into any questionable sellers, though. Dumb luck, I suppose.

    I appreciate all the thoughts. Keep 'em coming.
     
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  8. scs96ajr

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    Hi there, I do live in the UK and I travel to the states often. I always buy my rackets in the US. Prices in Europe are quite higher than the ones there. So unless the racket is not sold in the US, I wouldn't buy in Europe. Actually last summer I bought 4 Extreme Pro at half the price than in the UK! Of course that you have to phone TW and ask for a rebate :)

    PS An exception seems to be Dunlop. Their frames are dirt cheap in the UK!
     
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  9. Keifers

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    First time experience... I just bought a Dunlop Aerogel 200 16X19 (not available in the US) from a UK sporting goods retailer. The shipping cost was pretty steep but the racquet itself was sale priced, so I went for it. It could have been better packed (no padding, box was heavily dented), but no problem otherwise.

    Btw, it shipped on Nov 4 and I had it on Nov 5!
     
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  10. The Dampener

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    And those are the ones I seek. Specifically, the elusive Aerogel 300 16x18.
     
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  11. The Dampener

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    Really? How did they ship it? By satellite drop? : )
     
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  12. The Dampener

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    I wish we could get these frames from TW Europe through an arrangement with TW here in the US. Sure would make things easier.
     
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  13. Cruzer

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    I have purchased a few frames from Europe without any problems. As long as you deal with a legit retailer and they will ship overseas then the transaction should be smooth. I bought my Pure Drives from a UK retailer a couple of years before they were available in the U.S. Unfortunately the exchange rate is not very favorable at this time but if you want the frame and are willing to pay the price then you should not have any problems. I never found the shipping costs to be outrageous although understandably they were higher than buying domestically.
     
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  14. ac3111

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    I keep reading about TW Europe. Is it located in a secret place in Europe because I am looking for it and I can't find it.
    They told me that before 2009 there won't be any TW store in Europe.
     
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  15. origmarm

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    There is an internet shop in the UK having a sale on AG300 16*18. If you want the address then send me an e-mail at origmarm@hotmail.com as we can't post competitors on the site. They are at 79.99GBP for one.

    Cheers, Orig
     
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  16. The Dampener

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    Email sent. Thanks. Damp
     
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  17. Tofi

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    It's in germany i think
     
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  18. origmarm

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    It will be yes, there are job posting threads for jobs there in one of the forums (I forget which).
     
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  19. ac3111

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    I know about Freiburg, Germany. But not before summer 2009. So it's not that close... But on the other hand some say time flies, so...
     
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