good going jay
i'm also considering the d80 + 18-200mm
which ebayer did you make the transaction with?
i'm also from aust, and its hard to find a good deal thats not from overseas..
do tell how everything went
I bought the body and lens individually from 2 different sellers (Nicell and gadgetman1976, I think). both items were buy it now, didn't bid at all.
Now both items said the shipping location was from Melbourne. I found out yesterday when i received the lens that it was actually shipped from hong kong, however i paid into an Australian account. I think it was an Aussie business ordering from hong kong when they needed it.
Also the body I haven't received yet but in the add it said it was overseas stock posted from Melbourne, which i believe to be true coz it has been sent express through Australia Post. hopefully I will receive it on monday morning. the total price i ended up paying was $2100AUS including the postage which is a bargin, $700 saving.
I my case i was lucky to pay to an australian bank of an australian business so the overseas mambo jumbo didn't matter coz the product is the same (apart from the power plug, which they provide an adapter for) .
However buying direct from hong kong and doing a credit payment or a wire transfer in my books doesn't feel safe. I bought a $1700 guitar from japan about 2 years ago and paid through western union and although in the end it worked out great, the hastles and dramas concerning money made the day i got my guitar a relief, not joyful.
My advice would be monitor ebay for few days and a few different items b4 clicking that all important button. I was watching about 6 or 7 different packages and individual cameras and lens for about 5 or 6 days b4 taking the plunge. I was kicking myself for letting a good deal go but 2 days later i found a better deal and bought it. so yeah just read every word on the add and ask question to the seller. there some good deal with buy it now items not just ones you bid on so have a good look.
Hope I helped