A curly one, I have a wad of US cash sitting in a paypal account. Does Red have a Paypal account, anyone know? As it seems crazy to convert my US funds into Aussies then get it reconverted to US again via my credit card. Any suggestions, as there must be others in a similar situation.
You're going to lose a few hundred bucks in currency conversions and transfer fees if you do that.
If you have a trusted relative in the US who already has a US bank account whom you can transfer that US money to, that might be a better idea.
If someone ordered a camera today ... from everything I hear, reasonable delivery date would be March(Febuary is the date RED has given when their factories are fully functioning).
As far as I know, no AL Scarlets have been shipped from web orders(i.e. people that were not at the event). I don't believe red has stated when non-event Al orders will start shipping (at least I don't see any as green/red on the spreadsheet), my guesstimate was mid-December.
@ Sean, Thanks for the suggestion,. but you don't know my relatives ;)
It's a problem for us Aussies, 1st paying credit charges, than foreign X charges, then just to make it that much sweeter, GST when it lands in OZ ( fortunately tax deductible). Maybe I should open a bank account in the Caymen islands!
Last edited by Mike Garrick; 12-08-2011 at 03:20 AM.
I guess another alternative is to open a US dollar bank account in Aus and transfer your Paypal money into that account so that it retains the US currency and you will not be charged currency exchange fees. You'll still lose a little bit of money in the transfer but it would be a nominal amount (check with your bank what fees are involved though).
HSBC for example, has a US dollar account option.
I'm just trying to think of ways for you to get your money out of Paypal without converting it back to Aus dollars first.
The only other possible thinnest of alternatives is - a couple of weeks ago the Aus dollar dipped below the US currency so if you had transferred your money over then, you would have either (i) gained Aus cash in the process, or (ii) you would've come out relatively even because whatever you gained in the exchange would have covered the transfer fees. I don't know when the Aus dollar is going to dip again though.
I've had my eye on purchasing a Scarlet for a while, so earlier this year when the Aus dollar reached parity and beyond with the US dollar, I opened that US dollar account with HSBC and transferred some money into that account. Before the Nov 3 announcement, I waited and waited until the Aus dollar bumped up again before transferring more cash over. I gained a chunk of additional US cash from waiting for the right moment (more or less) which is now going to the deposit and shipping costs for the Scarlet with some extra cash to spare which is going to remain in my Red account.
Last edited by Sean Lee; 12-08-2011 at 01:31 AM.
Great hint about HSBC. I will look into it tomorrow. Still be preferable if Red had a Paypal account. Thanks for the tips.
Last edited by Mike Garrick; 12-08-2011 at 03:47 AM.
How does the pricing change on Jan 1? Can this be added to the thread? Thanks.
Price for Scarlet-X, including Brain, Side SSD and Canon aluminum mount (auto-focus support) is $9,750 if ordered before December 31st, 2011. After Jan. 1st, 2012 the price for Scarlet will be $9700 for the Brain only.
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