Buying a Performer

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Buying a Performer

Postby lobstermash » Wed Mar 26, 2014 4:33 pm

I'm a little more than halfway sold on buying a Performer Toscana 700C. Can you order straight from Performer, or do you have to use one of their distributors (like A1, Natural Engine Speed Shop)?
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Re: Buying a Performer

Postby OldBloke » Thu Mar 27, 2014 8:51 pm

I ordered two trikes direct from Performer. The contact there has always been very helpful. I had a couple of challenges because I wanted some non-standard specs but they have been responsive to deal with. I'm happy with the quality for the price.

Two things to be aware of:
- Make sure you are very clear in your emails because you are communicating with someone who has English as a second language or uses Asian English which is subtly different to Aussie English.
- Expect to pay 10%+ in GST and other duties. Customs can sometimes be slow, particularly if they decide to question the paperwork.

OB

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Re: Buying a Performer

Postby lobstermash » Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:07 pm

Cool. I sent them a message through their contact us page on the website a couple of days ago and haven't heard back. I'll try and track down an email. I'm a little loathe to order through a drop shipper.
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Re: Buying a Performer

Postby John Lewis » Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:27 pm

You will pay GST and some other fee the name of which escapes me but which has been increased a bit recently..
As a new "Bicycle Complete" there will be no duty.
"Under Tariff Concession 0104891 (Tariff Code: 8712.00.00), duty is not charged for complete bicycles."

Have a look at this information . It worked for me.

http://www.bicycles.net.au/2010/08/ulti ... as-orders/

John

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Re: Buying a Performer

Postby lobstermash » Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:38 pm

That's a handy guide. I found an email address for Christine and shot her a direct enquiry. I've had plenty of experience with Asian CS for other hobbies...
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Re: Buying a Performer

Postby Baalzamon » Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:53 pm

Have you tried your local mob Flying Furniture?
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Re: Buying a Performer

Postby lobstermash » Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:03 pm

Ian doesn't sell the Toscana.

Just got a reply back from Christine (very quick!). The direct price quoted is pretty much the same as A1...
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Re: Buying a Performer

Postby OldBloke » Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:53 am

I forgot to mention that they take payment by Paypal.

OB

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Re: Buying a Performer

Postby Riggsbie » Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:04 pm

The other person to try is Alex McNee.....in ACT.....

He imports Performers....

Try Alex at: amcnee(at)grapevine(dot)com(dot)au

Tell him that Riggsy sent you !
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Re: Buying a Performer

Postby lobstermash » Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:34 pm

I will! I got on to him today. His name is also really familiar and it turns out he used to work at BRS. Canberra is a very small place... I'm going to have a go on an USS Toscana (20/26 is the only USS one he's got) next week.
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