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Old 02-26-2018, 11:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What is the deal with inflight 200? You can't get them in North America until after Europe has them. But by then they are going for $200,$300 and more.

Why are they doing this?
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It's always been their distribution system..... Asia / Australia get them first, then Europe, then North America about 3-4 weeks after Europe. I have no idea why.

If you really want a IF model, I'd suggest pre-ordering. You'll wait a while in some cases, I've waited up to year before getting the release.

Also, what I've found lately is that it's easier to order the model from Europe, arrives before the releases hit North America and the cost is cheaper than getting in the US, even with international shipping.
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Old 02-26-2018, 12:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It's always been their distribution system..... Asia / Australia get them first, then Europe, then North America about 3-4 weeks after Europe. I have no idea why.

If you really want a IF model, I'd suggest pre-ordering. You'll wait a while in some cases, I've waited up to year before getting the release.

Also, what I've found lately is that it's easier to order the model from Europe, arrives before the releases hit North America and the cost is cheaper than getting in the US, even with international shipping.
They must go by ship from Asia. My go-to dealer on the US east coast usually has them last. Sometimes this works out well, since there is a good chance to get advance photos and reviews from other areas in case of a deal-breaker. I'm generally pretty patient with models, just so long as I know it's coming, but Inflight can be really glacial at times.

Who do you use in Europe that's so cheap? Does the US typically assess import duties on models, and if so how much?
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They must go by ship from Asia. My go-to dealer on the US east coast usually has them last. Sometimes this works out well, since there is a good chance to get advance photos and reviews from other areas in case of a deal-breaker. I'm generally pretty patient with models, just so long as I know it's coming, but Inflight can be really glacial at times.

Who do you use in Europe that's so cheap? Does the US typically assess import duties on models, and if so how much?
I didn't mean "cheap" as in huge savings....but it comes out about $10-$20 less sometimes than ordering from a US dealer. Aviation Retail Direct is who I used if I order from Europe.
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I was in Zurich the other day and they have models that just came in I didn't even hear about! The prices are high because it's Switzerland I get that. But then I check with my sources and they are like what? Don't have it and don't know when or if it will come in.
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I was in Zurich the other day and they have models that just came in I didn't even hear about! The prices are high because it's Switzerland I get that. But then I check with my sources and they are like what? Don't have it and don't know when or if it will come in.
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Old 02-26-2018, 05:18 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I've noticed the delay but not the price savings. True that Inflight models arrive in the U. S. 3-4 weeks after the are available in Hong Kong. Maybe a week after that in Europe and England, but that is about it.

What I have noticed is a big price difference (much more) if the model is bought from Hong Kong. A good example is the Inflight Qatar 777-300ER. Although some dealers have it listed for more, the price is roughly $129, with around $15 shipping from other U. S. dealers. There are several listings from England for between $138-$141, with shipping at around $35-$42, and no pre-orders listed from Hong Kong.

You can get a Qatar A350-100 for around $130 from England, but add to that the shipping of between $32-$42 and your cost is still $160. The same model is listed at $129-$138 with around $15-$20m shipping, for a total cost of around $15 or so less expensive.

My take is you may get the model quicker from Asia or Europe, but it will be around $20 more that just waiting until they arrive in the U. S.. If it is worth it to you, I say go for it.
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I recently ordered the Inflight Qatar A350-1000.....I couldn't find it even for pre-order at any of the US dealers, other than Jetstreams USA....it would have been about $145 to order from there. I got it from Aviation Retail Direct for $137 including shipping to the U.S.

I'm also looking at ordering the Oman Air 787-8...right now the cheapest price I can find it ARD, $125 with shipping the U.S.

If i order Inflight from US, I normally use Diecast Airplane, but they don't always get every IF release, or they sell out on pre-order.
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Jetstreams USA gives a 10% discount for pre-orders if you ask, so the shipped price would have been around $140, still $3 more than your price. It is hard to believe the model from ARD was that cheap with international shipping being what it is. The price ARD has now is $139.55 BEFORE shipping.
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I just looked at the last few planes I bought from ARD. I'm on the left coast and the 747s I ordered cost between $50-60 for shipping! A330 or DC-10 about $30. Which is why I buy from US retailers. Unless a model is sold out and I don't have an option.
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Take a look at this, shipping to California for a 1/200 747 $76.55.
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The shipping costs definitely depends on the size of the plane. For US buyers, remember you don't have to pay VAT tax, so that comes out of the cost. For the QTR A350-1000 I ordered, with shipping to US was around $140 shipped. I'm currently looking at an IF Oman 787-8 which is at $130 shipped.

I'd for sure not purchase a 747 for a $70 price in shipping.....

It does seem spotty on what releases make it to the U.S. I've noticed some releases available in Europe that never show up at US dealers. Or US dealers receiving models at different times. For example, I was looking to purchase a IF Ethiopian 777-300ER, EZ toys got 1, back in December. Diecast Airplane is still showing it on pre-order. JetStreams shows it as available.

I think the reason we get anxious about IF releases is because you just never know when you'll see them. JC Wings is getting to be the say way....announce lots of releases, may never see them for months, to a year. Gemini has spoiled us by announcing releases and having them in shops around the world in about 4 weeks.

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Old 02-27-2018, 03:49 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I can only presume it's the cheapest cost for IF to go Asia / Australia, then Europe, then North America although going by distance, would be thinking it's cheaper to go Asia / Australia, then North America, then Europe Isn't it this way with Gemini?
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Hi everyone! The Jetstreams USA still functioning?
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Yes. They are the US Distributor for Inflight 200.
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why dont you just go to their website and see that it is up to date?
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Not wanting to get into a political debate, and not taking a side, but is it possible that with relations between USA and China, that someone in China is making a point by making American collectors wait until last before receiveing their models. Interesting thought don't you think?
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Yes. They are the US Distributor for Inflight 200.
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Not wanting to get into a political debate, and not taking a side, but is it possible that with relations between USA and China, that someone in China is making a point by making American collectors wait until last before receiveing their models. Interesting thought don't you think?
Good point Tim. Perhaps InFight wanted to make sure you got your Air Anglia F28 before anyone else.
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Good point Tim. Perhaps InFight wanted to make sure you got your Air Anglia F28 before anyone else.
To those members stateside lm sure your InFlights will arrive eventually, patience is a virtue.
Yes indeed, Bob promised it would be before Christmas.
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First of all, once again here is a thread that was started a year and a half ago,,, long before the China virus.. there is no conspiracy theories.. China doesn’t hold models back to the United States last.. most of these companies are run by US citizens and Brits and nothing would make us happier than to get the models sooner..it’s just the way the distribution system works, it’s always been that way so let’s put to rest any conspiracy theories..
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I keep in contact with a few asian sellers, for example jochan for jc wings. It is what it is, if you want the cheapest price and first avail for a lot of these models, you just have to buy it directly from asian sellers a lot of time.

It;s also the same with crane models. I collect those also. A lot of them are made in europe (conrad, nzg, wsi) so i source a lot of mine from euro sellers, still cheaper even with the increased shipping cost. but you do get the VAT tax break.
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Not just Inflight200.. Six months on and I am still waiting for the JC Wings Aeroflot A350 .. (JC2AFL430A)
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