The price of a Steppir Monstir at a major suppliers in Europe is at
least EURO 4800 not including S&H.
So someone who is afraid of buying overseas will have about the same
price for Ultrabeam and Steppir.
Direct from Steppir to the Netherlands:
International price of a Steppir Monstir direct from Steppir: $5039+
4.5% custom duty: $227 = $5266.
$5266 + 19% VAT: $1000.= $ 6266.
With current exchange rate this is EURO 3662,-.
European distributors tend to use the same price in Euro as they are in
Dollars for imported equipment.
I always buy direct from the USA factory or distributor as this is way
> firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
>> Hmm, let's see:
>> Ultrabeam 4-el. 40-6m yagi: 4,850 euro
>> Steppir Monstir, 4-el, 40-6m yagi: $4,500 ish.
>> Considering that 4,850 euro translates to about US$7,550., I can't quite
>> comprehend the math that
>> says buying the Italian knockoff saves any coin...
>> Italians, however, could probably save loads of lira by buying the Steppir.
>> That $3,050 price difference
>> pays for a whack of shipping!
>> 73, kelly
> But.. say a year ago, when the Euro/Dollar rate was roughly 1:1, the
> shipping and import duty (5-8%, I think) would make the SteppIR more
> expensive than the Ultrabeam.
> Right now, the hideously low dollar makes it much more attractive for a
> EU ham to buy the SteppIR..
> Now, if FluidMotion (or Ultrabeam) had worked out appropriate currency
> hedges in advance....
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