Newegg begins shipping to NZ
One of the United States' largest retailers of computer parts, Newegg, has begun shipping to New Zealand customers from its online store.
The development may make it more practical for gamers and other computer enthusiasts to assemble their own high-performance computers from tax-free imported components.
Newegg is not the only parts seller that will ship computer components to New Zealand but it is one of the more competitive and best known.
The Californian company, which was founded by Taiwanese immigrant Fred Chang in 2001, has been named among the internet's top 10 retailers by the US Internet Retailers Magazine and claimed a turnover of US$2.5 billion ($2.95 billion) last year.
IDC Research analyst Arunachalam Muthiah estimated that as many as a quarter of desktop computers in New Zealand were self-assembled. Many were put together by gamers seeking to save money or get the particular hardware configurations they wanted.
Newegg said it would ship a limited selection of products to New Zealand at first, but availability would "grow and improve in the coming months".
It is possible to assemble computers using components that individually cost less than $400. That is the point at which GST and a flat-rate customs and biosecurity fee of $46.89 become payable on purchases from overseas websites.
However, some powerful processors and graphics cards and components such as high-capacity solid drives can cost more.
New Zealand is one of an additional six countries that Newegg has began shipping to as part of its international expansion. The others are India, Singapore, Poland, Ireland and the Netherlands.