Icom R2500 - Overseas Purchase Questions

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Scan New England Janitor/Maintenance
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Oct 27, 2002
Marstons Mills, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Has anyone in the US purchased an Icom IC-R2500 or IC-PCR2500 receiver from Japan? I have never made a radio purchase from overseas, but was looking at some pretty good pricing options from a Japanese source on eBay.

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I've been in contact with the seller and am confident that the transaction itself would be fine, but does anyone have an idea or approximation of what I might pay for duty on such an item? Are there any other concerns I should be aware of? The R2500 I'd be purchasing is an unblocked model. I have no interest in monitoring "that band" as there's nothing there to listen to anyway, but I am curious as to potential issues in that regard. He indicates that he marks it as "used" and that there likely would not be duty charges as a result.

Again, pardon my ignorance in this regard; I've just never dealt with it before. This is a good chunk of change to put down, but there is a pretty decent cost savings from the prices I'm seeing listed in the US for whenever it gets here. Before I plunk it down I want to be sure I'm not in for something silly.

I know there are a few people out there with the 2500 in their hands already. Any input would be most welcome. Thanks in advance.
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