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Old 11-04-2010, 06:02 AM   #1
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Decision time

I'll be in Sydney next week. Ever since I found out the blue 350 was sold in Oz and not the US, I planned to get one on the way home.

The 350 is 229 AU and with the exchange rate now being 1 to 1, I realized I could get a 650 for the same price at home. Since it won't be over 300 AU, I wouldn't qualify for the VAT refund.

I have a 350 and I love the size. Considering I haven't seen either one yet, it's gonna be a hard decision. **sigh** I really like the blue one! Is blue really worth $50 more??
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I must admit I haven't seen any blue 350's here. I've only seen silver 350's and black 650's on sale in Border's here in Newcastle.
Maybe the blue ones are reserved for Sony stores in the capital cities ?
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Old 11-04-2010, 06:51 AM   #3
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Hedgeddown did a review a few weeks ago of the 350 and 650 he picked up at SonyStyle in Sydney. He had pictures of the blue 350. It almost looked black in the pictures. They also have them on Sonystyle AU, but they don't take foreign credit cards or I would have had one shipped to me in Alice Springs. I have a silver 300 and don't want a pink one. I do wonder why they are only selling the blue in Australia and mainland Europe. This will probably be my only chance to one.......
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Old 11-04-2010, 08:04 AM   #4
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Hello everyone, my first post here at MobileRead.

Just picked up my first e-Reader, the blue 350 at SONY Centre Melbourne CBD. Perfect with the blue cover. I chose it over the silver because the silver bezel reflects too much light and the blue one seems to give me a better contrast of the screen. If you are going to be reading on it every day, I'd say the extra $50 is worth it. You can pick up some other stuff there so the total would be greater than AUD300? But then who would do that, they are all so overpriced compared to the US.
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Old 11-04-2010, 09:59 AM   #5
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You can pick up some other stuff there so the total would be greater than AUD300? But then who would do that, they are all so overpriced compared to the US.
I'd check and see if Borders or Myer also stock the blue 350. Fair enough if you really just want to buy the 350 by itself, but in Borders or better yet, Myer (big upscale department store which has a lot of different things), you could possibly find items of interest to push you over the $300 total limit in the one transaction, thus qualifying you for the tourist refund scheme.

Of course, if only the SonyStyle stores have the blue 350s, then no go. Also, it's probably not worth all the effort of getting the refund unless you really do find other things that take your fancy.

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Old 11-04-2010, 12:26 PM   #6
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I'd check and see if Borders or Myer also stock the blue 350. Fair enough if you really just want to buy the 350 by itself, but in Borders or better yet, Myer (big upscale department store which has a lot of different things), you could possibly find items of interest to push you over the $300 total limit in the one transaction, thus qualifying you for the tourist refund scheme.

Of course, if only the SonyStyle stores have the blue 350s, then no go. Also, it's probably not worth all the effort of getting the refund unless you really do find other things that take your fancy.
I actually went to both Borders and Myer, even DJ to see if they stock the blue 350. No luck. I went to the SONY Centre and they said the blue (or even the pink) is exclusive to the SONY Centres. I got home and checked www.sony.com.au and it did say both colours are exclusive only at the Centres.
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Old 11-05-2010, 03:37 AM   #7
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I actually went to both Borders and Myer, even DJ to see if they stock the blue 350. No luck. I went to the SONY Centre and they said the blue (or even the pink) is exclusive to the SONY Centres. I got home and checked www.sony.com.au and it did say both colours are exclusive only at the Centres.
That's good to know. I planned on going to the Sony store. I can always think of it as a souvenir of my time in Oz when I use it everyday. And it will be unique in the US. What's $50 anyway? I probaby won't have any doubt when I finally see one!
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That's good to know. I planned on going to the Sony store. I can always think of it as a souvenir of my time in Oz when I use it everyday. And it will be unique in the US. What's $50 anyway? I probaby won't have any doubt when I finally see one!
Exactly. You are gonna love it!
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Old 11-05-2010, 02:01 PM   #9
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I thought 5350 only came in pink and silver. Your post got me seaching for the blue 350. You are right, it looks really good Am sure you;ll enjoy using it =)
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