After about a week of checking various sites like Amazon Spain/Italy, E Global Central, Ali Express to get the Mi 9 (6/128) in the UK, I eventually decided to purchase it [color=var(--newCommunityTheme-linkText)]via ebay from a seller I found listed in this sub.
At GBP 449, it appeared a little more expensive than some other options, but the retailer is fully VAT registered in the UK so for me (running a business) it means that I can get a tax refund which is often not possible with offshore retailers due to missing paperwork (or lack of actually paying taxes).
The phone arrived as promised on time (ordered Saturday arrived Tuesday) and in original packaging, due to replace my old Max 2 so an upgrade in every sense other than the size. I'm not an expert but there is very little I dislike about this phone after 2 days. So I'll try to cover some of the common downsides I've seen in other reviews.tweakbox appvalley https://vlc.onl/
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