I have just purchased a Snap Press set from China - I heard about this deal on the Ozcloth discussion list and thought I'd pass on the details in case anyone else is interested (I hope I won't make enemies by posting this message). The very helpful lady I have been dealing with is Serena (an American living in China).
* Kam Snap Press
* 2 die sets (size 20 and size 16)
* 1000 complete sets of resin snaps in colours and size of your choice
The total cost for everything (including shipping) is:
$99 USD ppd SURFACE (2 to 3 months delivery)
$130 USD ppd AIR LIFT (2 to 4 weeks delivery)
Payment by bank account funded Paypal. (Credit cards incur an extra charge of approx 3%)
Serena has never shipped to NZ before, so the above price may vary a little (she based it on known costs sending to Australia).
Snap sets are $5 per set of 100 complete snaps, that is 200 caps and 100 each studs and sockets, so you can pick 10 sets of 100 (unless you want engraved snaps which are a little more expensive). Most snaps are also available in sets of 50 as well ($2.50 each), if you want even more colors. Everything can be seen in this link... http://www.picturetrail.com/xiaohua68847 Password is: Amitymama
More about the snaps: (answering some questions I had)
The snaps and presses are all KAM brand. They are made of polyacetal resin, which is extremely durable, especially under temperature extremes. Diapershop sells a brand of polyacetal resin snaps that they call "polyacter" or "industrial" but I do not know how they compare to these. These snaps are not compatible with the dies for "polyacter" sold by Diapershop. I do know that Snapstore (http://www.thesnapstore.com) also sells KAM products, so they are widely used in the US. I have never heard of anyone having any problems with the snaps. They do NOT break easily... you'll find that out the first time you apply one to the wrong place and you need to get it off!
The size 20 KAM snap/dies are compatible with most other brands, EXCEPT the "polyacter" snaps sold by Diapershop will not work in the KAM press/dies.
The size 14 and size 16 snaps and dies are not compatible with those sold elsewhere. As far as I know, the press can only apply KAM size 16 or 14
Snaps sold elsewhere are compatible with this press.
Specifically, you can buy snaps from:
http://www.thesnapstore.com- size 20, size 16 or size 14
http://www.snap-happy.net - size 20 only
http://www.make-it-snappy.com - size 20 only
http://www.sewingmommies.com - size 20 only
http://www.diapershop.com - size 20 NOT "polyacetar" type
So you don't always have to buy from me if you don't want to.
You can order extra snaps with the press. I can usually ship an additional $50 worth in the same box, and after that I ship separately. The postage is included in the price of the snaps, though, so it doesn't matter. They are $5 USD per 100 sets.
Size 20 caps are 12.4 mm diameter
Size 16 caps are 10.7 mm diameter
Size 14 caps are 9.74 mm diameter
I have just ordered mine today via PayPal. Sadly, ASB does not provide cashflow cards that allow debit purchases on PayPal, so I paid by Credit Card instead (so I can't confirm the actual NZ price yet). I priced up similar equipment at The Diaper Shop and a similar package was approx $250 US. Serena has been fantastic to deal with. I can't wait for my snap set to arrive! Shall keep you posted.
If you would like to make contact with Serena her email is firstname.lastname@example.org