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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Should I Buy My Wheel in New Zealand?

The exchange rate between New Zealand and the US is low right now. That means our dollars buy a lot of NZ dollars. Things are cheaper. A lot of people are buying their spinning wheels from New Zealand dealers, and why not? Who doesn't want to save money?

Here are a few things to consider before you send your VISA number to the Land of the Kiwi.

1. You are buying from a dealer who cannot service your wheel. If there is a problem during shipping or customs it is YOUR problem, not the NZ dealer's problem.
2. You are buying from a dealer who doesn't have a toll-free number and doesn't keep USA hours.
3. Your NZ-purchased spinning wheel is not as cheap as it seems. You will pay hefty shipping charges, custom fees, insurance, and a 3% foreign currency exchange surcharge from your credit card.
4. You are sending your money overseas at at time when we desperately need to keep it here in America. One of the reasons for rising unemployment is that it is cheaper to do business overseas.You can choose to be part of the solution by purchasing your spinning wheel at home.
5. Your spinning wheel dealer can also take advantage of a favorable exchange rate giving you a fair price without sacrificing the service and ongoing relationship you deserve. She may have exactly what you want on hand. Why wait? And if she does have to place an order, she will be responsible for your spinning wheel's safe arrival.

Before you buy from New Zealand, ask your USA Majacraft dealer for a quote.


  1. Ok, you've convinced me. We need to do what we can for the economy...still, it's hard not to want to save every penny.

  2. I got my wheel from a US dealer. Great service and communication. Free shipping and I still got advantage of the exchange rate. I thing I got a good price.