HP 7970 E spool disk drive (fwd)

From: John Lawson <jpl15_at_panix.com>
Date: Thu Jan 9 10:51:00 2003

On Thu, 9 Jan 2003, Sellam Ismail wrote:

> Rajat followed up and told me he bought this at auction and had no use for
> it so he wanted to either sell it or donate it.
> Anyone up for shipping costs on a 100lbs piece of computer gear from
> India?

   If you're up for paying duties on around 70% of *new acquisition cost*,
backed up by *the original (NOT a copy) manufacturers invoice* -OR- the
right amount of discrete 'speed money' to the right person (you hope),
which 'speed money' will be a substantial fraction of the original duties,
and *then* you pay the re-crating (because the customs guys tear this
stuff apart and then throw everything back in what's left of your box and
some guy from the villages comes and slops 3 feet of cheap tape on it...
and then you pay the actual shipping... *then* you deal with customs here
in the US... AND you pretty much need to be there to take care of the
little 'derailments' as they continually arise. Doing this long distance
with no representative there, would be impossible.

  Been there, done that more than once, was going to get the t-shirt but I
had to give it away as a bribe.

  The company I worked for in India (in '01) bought a big SGI Onyx from a
guy in Wisconsin who refurbs them and sells them on eBay. We gave US$7K,
including crate and ship. We had to have a 'Chartered Engineer's
Certificate' (a European group of appraisal and capital equipment
inspectors, not found in the US) and of course the 'original factory
invoice'. "Negotiations" began... four months later, we had to pay just
US$22K in duties, plus 'speed money' plus 'storage'.... originally the
bastards wanted 73% of *new cost* of the Onyx - it was over $300K new.

   That's one of the reasons there is so little used gear availale in
India - everyone hangs on desperately to whatever they have.


Swami John
Received on Thu Jan 09 2003 - 10:51:00 GMT

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