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    Default Re: Excited about my order: Thunder Laser Nova 35

    First of all..before I go into the charges and fees I have incurred, I want to make sure everyone knows these are things out of Thunder Laser's control.
    The charges do impact the overall total cost of the laser, so you must take that in to account.

    All in all I will have $1,688.06 in getting the laser to me. That includes the gas for my truck and the fee to rent a trailer to pick it up. (Another forum suggested it cost them $1,671.20 to get the desktop version of the laser to their door via DHL) So the grand total cost for the laser was: $7,658.06

    Time was not of the essence with mine...although now I want it yesterday because of the excitement. So opted for ocean container and got a larger laser.

    When you put that in perspective.....On paper... There is a fairly respected dealer in the US that imports at least parts if not whole units that would have charged me $11,589.00 for a 60 watt machine (I ordered an 80 watt) that uses steppers instead of servos, missing a few of the nicer features, and only a 7" z axis. (It uses the same software..and perhaps the same controller as it looks identical) I will certainly review my laser with photos/videos..etc so everyone can be a judge of my purchasing decision....but on paper the value his hard to deny and the sales support I have received from Thunder Laser has been spectacular.

    I did get a broker to handle my importing.

    I shopped around and there were a lot of differences in pricing. Having never imported anything like this I didn't want to mess anything up. I had quotes that ranged from 300-800 for the broker only fees. (Not including government fees and shipper fees.) I went with a local outfit that charged about $433.67 in their fees. I had a sticker shock moment when the shipping company.... an addtional charged $346.65 to get it from NY to NC via truck..and I didn't even know it was coming by truck. I actually thought it was coming directly to the port in NC. I feel that fee should have been made known upfront from the shipping company. But...I find this whole international import thing crazy. I could track the container..but once it got to NY I had no way to check on it myself. It took 8 days to make it from NY to NC

    I am posting a snippet from the invoice I received from the broker so others can anticipate the fees.

    Please keep in mind, I may have had a misstep on my choices with brokers etc. But..from the other quotes that I received I think the broker did all right by me.

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    Default Re: Excited about my order: Thunder Laser Nova 35

    Looks like they charged twice for the FDA form.
    Are you going to be laser slicing cake?

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    Default Re: Excited about my order: Thunder Laser Nova 35

    Why didn't they deliver it to your home, instead of you picking it up.
    Also as for port, you usually can choose the closest one. I live in WI, so I choose Chicago.
    It came through Canada, so I never had to file the ISF. Shipping to my door, with liftgate
    was only about $300. I am about 250 miles from the port.



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    Default Re: Excited about my order: Thunder Laser Nova 35

    It was really well packed. Everything is looking great. A big thanks to my Dad for helping getting it home. It was hot Heat Index over 100F 37.7C.
    May be the weekend before I can give it a whirl though.



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    Default Re: Excited about my order: Thunder Laser Nova 35

    It's hot in China, too.
    Thanks for the pics.

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    Default Re: Excited about my order: Thunder Laser Nova 35

    Quote Originally Posted by anthropod View Post
    I did get a broker to handle my importing.

    I shopped around and there were a lot of differences in pricing. Having never imported anything like this I didn't want to mess anything up. I had quotes that ranged from 300-800 for the broker only fees. (Not including government fees and shipper fees.) I went with a local outfit that charged about $433.67 in their fees. I had a sticker shock moment when the shipping company.... an addtional charged $346.65 to get it from NY to NC via truck..and I didn't even know it was coming by truck. I actually thought it was coming directly to the port in NC. I feel that fee should have been made known upfront from the shipping company. But...I find this whole international import thing crazy. I could track the container..but once it got to NY I had no way to check on it myself. It took 8 days to make it from NY to NC
    I also got an Import Broker. Yumiko suggested one to me and I took that one. We'll see how that works out. Yumiko also failed to let me know the details. I was under the impression that my crate would be delivered directly to Detroit by Container ship. Once the Laser (My Ship) left Shen Zhen I've been enjoying tracking my ship via GPS online at several locations, as it traveled to Colombo Sri Lanka then up the Red Sea then through the Suez Canal then across the Mediterranean then through the Straits of Gibraltar and now about 300km out in the Atlantic Ocean. It says it's destination is New York City and will be there June 21st at 15:00 at first I thought it would off load partial load then continue to Detroit. But after I read your post I decided to investigate what was going to happen after New York. Thats when I emailed my Broker and inquired. She said the ship unloads then segregates the containers then ships the various packages/Containers across America by "IT" that stands for Inbond Transportation from port to port, I don't know she may have misspelled Inbound. I requested shipment to Detroit Port of Entry. So my official Invoice says "Shipping Cost to Detroit" so I'll see later if there is a trucking fee to Detroit. I think there will be a charge, but there shouldn't be. My invoice says shipping to Detroit. If there's a charge to Detroit then there is a problem with the way they present the details. Had I known that there was going to be a charge to ship to Detroit I would've at least considered have it shipped directly to my residence. Then I wouldn't have had to drive to Detroit to retrieve my package. BTW my truck has a width of 51" between the wheel wells so there shouldn't be a problem with loading it on my truck.
    Hopefully discussing details like this will keep other potential customers ot Thunderlaser better informed.
    ATTACHED: Invoice and list from Broker.

    Excited about my order: Thunder Laser Nova 35-nova35-invoice-pngExcited about my order: Thunder Laser Nova 35-brokerage-list-possible-fees-png



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    Default Re: Excited about my order: Thunder Laser Nova 35

    Hi cvalley,
    there are two main port in USA, Los Angeles and New York, almost all ships will stay there, and then transport to other cities's warehouse.
    From your invoice, shipping cost to Detroit, you don't need to pay the shipping charge from New York to Detroit.
    If they charge you, please let us know.
    But you need to pay the port fees, customs, duty, etc when the machine arrives there. and yes, you still need to pay shipping charge from
    Detroit warehouse to your door. (or you can pick it up by yourself)

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    Default Re: Excited about my order: Thunder Laser Nova 35

    It's home and it's working!





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    Default Re: Excited about my order: Thunder Laser Nova 35

    Wow, nice video, it is like a movie.

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    Default Re: Excited about my order: Thunder Laser Nova 35

    Just playing with card stock. I'm loving the Nova 35. I have a lot of experience with an Epilog 24. Right now my only issue...or thing I like more... And not a big one... Is how to keep my pieces square to X&Y? the framing function helps. I may cut... With the laser... A jig that lets me put pieces square on the honeycomb. The Epilog has rulers that let you butt up against a corner where the laser can cut/engrave.

    On a side note... The fit and finish on a thunder laser is impressive. My lighting was not the best but look at this wiring.

    Also.. I love the Adobe Illustrator import function of RDworks. Corel draw is fine but... I have more experience with AI. Perhaps SVG will be supported in updates? I like Autodesk Graphic on the Macintosh for quick things and it best exports in SVG.



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    Default Re: Excited about my order: Thunder Laser Nova 35

    Sent u a pm

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