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Apeks finger spool + shipping limitations outside UK?

Discussion in 'Apeks' started by Jake, Dec 17, 2018.

  1. Jake

    Jake Divemaster

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    I want to buy an Apeks 45m finger spool. In the US it retails for around $170 before shipping. In the UK it's about $90, and with shipping is about $110-120.

    However, I can't buy it from a UK retailer to ship here, as Apeks actively prohibits it.

    What's the deal? It's not like I'm going to sell Apeks UK-only finger spool technology to Libya.

    In any case, does anyone know whether the spool sold in the US is identical to the one sold in the UK? If it is I'll just have it sent to me by a mail forwarder. (Why do you have to make my life harder Apeks?)
     
  2. Mike1967

    Mike1967 Manta Ray

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  3. Chanly83

    Chanly83 Nassau Grouper

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    I am curious as well. The above website with DHL shipping is still only $85 and change.

    Am I missing something?
     
  4. Chanly83

    Chanly83 Nassau Grouper

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    I just did the math, I can buy the 15m and the 60m shipped for $137.31.

    From a well known Midwest dive shop without shipping or taxes it is $300.

    Now do I want to order the 45m or the 60m?
     
  5. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Along the same lines - Apeks regs are considerably cheaper in Europe.

    If you’re not so set on these spools, don’t others make some along the same lines?
     
  6. AJ

    AJ Solo Diver

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    Aliexpress offers spools that do look alot like the Apeks spools.
     
  7. Mike1967

    Mike1967 Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Victoria, Australia
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    I went right through checkout to the buy now button to make sure it was going to let me before I posted the link in here, you can pay by PayPal so there's no risk anyway.
     
  8. Chanly83

    Chanly83 Nassau Grouper

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    Thanks for looking out. Now I just need to decide on the 45 or the 60...
     
  9. Mike1967

    Mike1967 Manta Ray

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    Location: Victoria, Australia
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    No worries.
    I really want the 45m one but as others have said, can they really be that much better than the no brand ones to warrant the extra $100?
     
  10. Jake

    Jake Divemaster

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: CA
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    No, I was just venting because the two places I tried blocked the shipping (one was Simply Scuba; I don’t remember the other one now). I stopped trying after that.
     

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