Perhaps tax... but what got me was the shipping costs. These are classified as special goods (imagine what they could do to a compass!), and so are not cheap to ship. But I also found that site, and thought the prices were great!
I have preferred to deal with a local importer, and pay more but reduce my risk/hassle.
See http://windpower.org.za/products/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=8 for the sizes I tend to use. The prices can fluctuate a bit, hopefully they are a bit lower than quoted there. There is also a shipping fee, so once someone knows what they want, I get a final quote including shipping.
The wedge shaped magnets are not something I have looked into. The rectangular ones are more common, and hence cheaper. I could ask the importer at make a special arrangement if it is a standard size, but this would either mean at least a six week delay for shipping, or costly air freight. If its not a standard size, it could mean a minimum order quantity of a few hundred.
jkproperties wrote:Are you guys planning on ordering any magnets soon?
I had a meeting yesterday with a guy who builds capacitors and UPSs and regularly imports components from the U.S. He is willing to import the wedge magnets (in the picture above) and will let me know what the import and shipping is going to cost me.
Anyone interested in these magnets can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hi Mielies, thanks for your interest. Hopefully I will be running another course later this year, and will order a lot of magnets for that, and so get a very good price. Please make sure you are on the mailing list (sign up on windpower home page) and you will be notified when that happens.