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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Brother LS2125 Australia vs U.S.?? ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Brother LS2125 Australia vs U.S.??
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Date: 1/11/13 6:25 PM

Am I interpreting it correctly, that the Brother LS2125 in Australia is $183 more than the LS2125 in the U.S.? The PDF for the Australian site says that it has a metal chassis, whereas I am pretty sure the U.S. machine at 13 lb. (approx. 6 kg) wouldn't have a metal chassis. And I suppose it's that metal vs plastic that would account for the price difference? I was just really surprised to see price differences on that site, but maybe they're just sturdier-made machines.

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Date: 1/11/13 7:07 PM

Machines are, generally, more expensive here than in the States. $183 is a very small price difference. The prices on Aust sites will, unless stated, include 10% GST (sales tax).
Just about everything here costs more, which is why we do so much shopping with US online retailers. The postage increases at the end of the month are going to hit hard.

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Date: 1/11/13 7:15 PM

Thanks for explaining that, misschris! That was something new to me.

And I must say...I surely am sorry about the postage increases. We here in the States never really understand what the USPS is doing, either.

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Date: 1/11/13 9:51 PM

It depends on where it is shipped from and what taxes and fees are charged by the country the item is being shipped to.

What would be the cost of shipping if the item where purchased from a merchant in the UK?

I think they are both the same machine.

Here is Brother's overview.


-- Edited on 1/11/13 9:56 PM --

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Date: 1/11/13 10:03 PM

PattiAnn, the US dollar being weak in relation to Australian dollar compared to its previous strength has made shopping in the US attractive for many people, I remember a few years ago when it wasn't and few people shopped in the US for supplies. Travel to the US was expensive then too.

How the Aussie dollar stacks up against the UK pound will always be a factor. I remember travelling there in 1997 and buying steak, chips and salad at a local pub for two, and it cost the equivalent of $81 dollars in our currency. It wasn't even good steak but we had dinner there the night our tour had ended with a bunch of people, and it was a fun night. That same meal here costs a fraction of that. Travelling then was very, very expensive. It has improved some now though, and I guess if people find things there they want that can't be sourced locally or are ridiculously expensive locally, they may buy more from the UK. Time will tell.

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Date: 1/11/13 11:16 PM

Quote: PattiAnnJ

I think they are both the same machine.




Oh, true, no doubt they're the same machine. But as the PDF from the Australian site specifically noted "metal chassis" and the U.S. site says nothing about that, I'd initially assumed that the higher cost came from metal on the inside to bring up the price that way. I now realize it's probably just caused by different taxes or fees of some sort. On the flip side, I guess that means I can assume that that model in the U.S. also has a metal chassis. That would be good. (I suppose it'd be wonderful if a friend from the U.S. could bring along a machine purchased at U.S. prices when visiting an Australian friend.)
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Date: 1/12/13 1:10 AM

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I suppose it'd be wonderful if a friend from the U.S. could bring along a machine purchased at U.S. prices when visiting an Australian friend


But then we'd need to buy a stepdown transformer ($200/300 at a guess) Plus the excess baggage charge. And the warranty would be invalid.

Patterns, fabric and books on the other hand .............
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Date: 1/12/13 10:45 PM

It's not a huge price difference. I was looking at a different machine today that is $4,500 in the US and $8,000 here. Explain that difference!



Added: I just realised you were talking about a machine that is $129 in the US, so an extra $180 is a huge difference!
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Date: 1/12/13 10:52 PM

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It's not a huge price difference. I was looking at a different machine today that is $4,500 in the US and $8,000 here. Explain that difference!

That does not sound like the US dollar is less than the AU dollar.


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Date: 1/12/13 10:56 PM

$8,000 AU is worth $8,400 US at the moment

You can't blame the difference just on shipping. I'm sure you could send a machine across the Pacific in its own seat in Business Class for $3,900!
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