Join Date: Mar 2009
Cheaper to Import An O2 To Australia
The price of the 32 GB O2 in Australia is a massive $550 Au.
Definitely very much overpriced, - the price of some mid size screen LCD TVs.
The 02 can be bought on EBay from the US, from dealers with 99% reliability rating, for $240 US.
Even with priority airmail postage and when the $Au is below 70 cents US, the device can be delivered to your door any where in Australia for $440 Au or less (depending on the exchange rate).
Now, whilst the warranty might not be upheld in Australia, - it is unlikely you will need to use it.
Although reading the problems on the forum, about what is supposed to be one of the best brands of PMP, around ...one might wonder.
But then again, considering how many O2's must have been sold, at least in the States, - there should be more problems posted to the forums, if they were all unreliable.
I bought mine via EBay from North Carolina, and it arrived with the box totally unmarked, and the internal packaging is superb.
It gets used every day, and I am quite pleased with it.
I am the only person taking a bus to work that uses a video playing PMP, so far as I know.
I note that the very new Iriver model P9 ? with the same size screen - and I think a radio is being sold for $279 Au - but 16 GB. If not mistaken, it also takes an SD card.
It was actually the above model I was waiting for, - but was unsure about release date.
If Iriver can sell their device in Australia at a realistic price, so should Iaudio through their agent ( with representative on this forum).
The augument that Australia is a small market, isn't really valid. Iriver doesn't seem to let that worry them.
And unlike Cowon, not sold by any regular shops to the best of my knowledge, but by one local mail order house (minidisc), it is likely Iriver will see the light of day in regualr shops, as are their other Mp3 players.
So, if they were both sold in the same shop, would I buy the P9 for $279 or the O2 at $550?
Yes, you are right ....
And I would be checking on the price of the P9 in the States, and waiting to see if a 32 GB model eventuates.
All this is about price in Australia. I do loke my O2, and I think I made a good choice.
But when upgrading further down the track, I will be a swinging voter for both value and features.