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Rusty: Hi from AU and question for buying from the US
I normally visit the site to just look at sets occasionally, and have never really visited the forums, so this is my first post... and typically, its to ask advice!
I'm in Australia, and my girlfriend is over in the states seeing her family, and I can get her to get me some Lego whilst she is there... seeing as it is a LOT more cheaper to buy in the states then it is here.
So... what are the most awesome / biggest lego sets I can get right now?
Just want to give her a list that she can grab from the local Toys'R'Us or something... Thinking about grabbing:
10210 Pirates Imperial Flagship
10211 Grand Emporium
10218 Pet Shop
10197 Fire Brigade
10185 Green Grocer
Any other recommendations?
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Do you have a price limit? I just got the Shuttle Expedition (10231) from TRU for $100. Also Barnes and Noble usually has a pretty decent selection of LEGO along with coupon code (A4N4M4V). If your girlfriend will be here more than a week she can order online and get free shipping.
As mentioned, the big box sets will take up a lot of room in any luggage. So either an extra suitcase will be required or I'd recommend deboxing them and packing the contents loose in any luggage.
What is available in store will really depend on the local situation. I'm in the Los Angeles/Orange County area of California, and my local TRU never has sets like the Grand Emporium or Pet Shop. Some other TRU's in the surronding local may carry them occasionaly. Fortunately there are several LEGO stores here, so big sets can easily be found. So, it'll all depend on where your girlfriend will be...
For the best deals, have your GF sign up for a TRU Rewards card using her families US address, then also sign up online to get their special offers. There probably isn't time to get good deals that way this time around, but if she or you come to the US again, it may work. Besides the BOGO50 deals TRU had going recently, they have email coupons. I just got one for $10 off.... might not be great for a big dollar item, but it'll be good for me to get some extra collectible minifigs!
Postage from here is pretty reasonable: Prices here for airmail:
Surface mail is much cheaper, but takes about 2 months!
Even with shipping, my customers still pay significantly less than buying from LEGO direct, due to the ridiculous "Aussie upcharge"
I've been told a Motorized Excavator (8043) is on it's way to me. (postage)
She is also going to NY... so may (or may not) go to the Lego store there.
I'm fine with them being posted to me, still works out a lot cheaper then buying here.
So, we'll see what happens.
AU$1,000 via postal service
AU$500 via a courier
Tax law isn't meant to change based on the shipping method.
Basically if the total for the cost of the item, the postage, insurance and any custom duties, is more than $1000, GST is payable. If it is under $1000, no GST is payable upon entry to the country.