Quoted from Maken:
You've probably got a good relationship with your distro and may receive lower prices... certainly you have incentive to defend them in online forums.
Yes, you can buy a new machine in the states and ship it back. But you can’t just plug it in and play it ... they are region zoned.
I’ve done all the sums a dozen times. Here they are for an Aussie. These figures are ballpark but they’d be pretty close.
New pro “street price” say $5600 USD = $7887 AUD
Drive it to the depot $0
shipping it LCL $600 by the time you add all the fees and add ons
GST payable when it lands $788
Pirate board to make it work $250
= more than what AMD charge.
If they were cheaper, there would be new pins flooding into Australia.
The one guy did do it, he got the pins at a wholesale rate and shipped in containers (much cheaper) - that would work out less of course. Eventually he got shut down. But one guy buying one pin at US retail and shipping it - the maths doesn’t add up.