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  Reply # 706148 25-Oct-2012 10:40 Send private message quote this post

Just paid the $17.25 (then the kiwibank10 discount) on the shipping for the eyefi card. lets see when it arrives.




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  Reply # 706174 25-Oct-2012 11:06 Send private message quote this post

My parcel arrived in Auckland, NZ yesterday, cleared customs and was delivered this early morning in Hamilton.




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  Reply # 706188 25-Oct-2012 11:33 Send private message quote this post

billgates: My parcel arrived in Auckland, NZ yesterday, cleared customs and was delivered this early morning in Hamilton.

Is that the Chips? are they good?

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  Reply # 706195 25-Oct-2012 11:47 Send private message quote this post

trig42: 
Is that the Chips? are they good?


No. Bought couple of Zyxel 16 port PoE switches. they are $330 each + GST here in NZ. I got them both for NZ$330 incl GST + $70 shipping via YouShop in NZ.

Chips are on their way to NZ as well. Should be here in 3 business days hopefully. Have 3 more parcels already on the way to YouShop as well (Surface tablet + touch cover) and microSDXC cards.




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  Reply # 706242 25-Oct-2012 12:47 Send private message quote this post

Oooh, link for the switches? Are they gig and rackable? I have several of the cheap tplink 4+4 ones but they are only 100 meg and its a mess.




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  Reply # 706252 25-Oct-2012 13:02 Send private message quote this post

YouShop seems to work fairly well - maybe a bit slow to consolidate and on-ship. Have had a couple of items come through in the last week and more on the way.

One issue I have: if you have more than one item in their system, you get tracking numbers from the original suppliers/shippers that stop once the item is delivered in Portland. When you have paid the NZ Post on-shipping cost, YouShop gives each item their own shipping/tracking number. Because there's no link between the original tracking number and the YouShop-issued number, it's very hard to tell which item is which.

Anyone else had this problem?

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  Reply # 706253 25-Oct-2012 13:04 Send private message quote this post

I can see that will be an issue if I get more things coming thru. I dont think I will be till they get repackaging and consolidation or orders happening, since even if I order lots of amazon things at once there is a good chance they will all arrive seperately.




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  Reply # 706260 25-Oct-2012 13:11 Send private message quote this post

richms: Oooh, link for the switches? Are they gig and rackable? I have several of the cheap tplink 4+4 ones but they are only 100 meg and its a mess.


I bought the 10/100Mbps version. Only 8 ports are PoE capable out of the 16 ports. I bought them for a CCTV install job. They are also unmanaged. You can buy the 10/100/100Mbps managed version but the price is almost 3 times but it's a 24 port model with 20 ports being PoE capable.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833181234

The one I purchased is below. Only 10/100Mbps though.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833181164

The best thing about the ZyXEL switches is that PSU is built into the unit and uses a standard desktop PC power cable. It is rack mountable. 1000Mbps PoE switches from ZyXEL only come in Managed series from what I have found out. Expensive though as linked above.









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  Reply # 706261 25-Oct-2012 13:13 Send private message quote this post

Would be good to know whether NZ Post are keeping an eye on this thread. Anybody out there, YouShop?

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  Reply # 706834 26-Oct-2012 12:34 Send private message quote this post

richms: I can see that will be an issue if I get more things coming thru. I dont think I will be till they get repackaging and consolidation or orders happening, since even if I order lots of amazon things at once there is a good chance they will all arrive seperately.


Er, can't you tell Amazon to hold all of your order until they can ship it in one go?  I distinctly recall that being an option - and for free super saver shipping the only option.

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  Reply # 706864 26-Oct-2012 12:50 Send private message quote this post

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richms: I can see that will be an issue if I get more things coming thru. I dont think I will be till they get repackaging and consolidation or orders happening, since even if I order lots of amazon things at once there is a good chance they will all arrive seperately.


Er, can't you tell Amazon to hold all of your order until they can ship it in one go?  I distinctly recall that being an option - and for free super saver shipping the only option.


You can tell them, but they usually wont do it. And for small things they loooove those oversized boxes full of empty space. For many small items getting them sent thru a work supplier doesnt work out since they get annoyed at all the customs paperwork for them, whereas NZ post seem to just want the value of the items.




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  Reply # 707073 26-Oct-2012 17:45 quote this post

According to http://www.nzpost.co.nz/products-services/postage-packaging/youshop/things-you-should-know/at-our-usa-warehouse they do occasionally repackage, but don't consolidate at this stage.

"From time to time we may repackage parcels at our USA warehouse. This may be due to insufficient packaging for international postage or where there is a significant amount of wasted space which may increase your postage costs. We will not remove items from the manufacturer’s own packaging."

I purchased a sony car amplifier (XM-GS400) from Amazon for US$218 including shipping, YouShop charged me $44.89 postage using the Kiwibank discount code (including $6 extra compensation cover as it's -just- over the NZ$250 limit).  Total cost near enough to NZ$300, which is pretty good given a RRP of $479 locally.

Seems to be fairly well priced - I'm getting a head unit (Sony DSX-S310BTX) shipped from an Ebay seller who has charged me US$78.80 for USPS express mail international shipping.  Had I thought about it sooner, I probably would have bought it on Amazon and halved my shipping costs... although still much cheaper than getting it locally (RRP of NZ$600 for equivalent model with slightly crippled feature set).

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  Reply # 707145 26-Oct-2012 19:56 Send private message quote this post

I had a sony headdeck ex usa from a friends imported car that was not able to be switched to the NZ band plan. Also they dont seem to have RDS in most models over there. Shame the UK is just as bad as NZ for overpriced carbaudio. worse in some cases.

Amps and stuff for sure from the US but the tuner is a big questionmark on most I have looked at when looking at headdecks.




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  Reply # 707175 26-Oct-2012 21:04 quote this post

richms: I had a sony headdeck ex usa from a friends imported car that was not able to be switched to the NZ band plan. Also they dont seem to have RDS in most models over there. Shame the UK is just as bad as NZ for overpriced carbaudio. worse in some cases.

Amps and stuff for sure from the US but the tuner is a big questionmark on most I have looked at when looking at headdecks.


Groan - I completely overlooked that!

The thought had occurred to me - the original unit I was looking at (JVC KD-A95BT) has switchable frequency tuning intervals (10kHz/200KHz US vs 9Khz/50KHz EU and 10KHz/50kHz S.America).  Didn't think to check when I bought the Sony unit instead.

Oh well, guess I'll order the JVC unit and see if I can sell the Sony as-is on Trademe.  It'd make for a great iPod/Pandora interface, but the radio thing would irk me.

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  Reply # 707202 26-Oct-2012 21:44 quote this post

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richms: I had a sony headdeck ex usa from a friends imported car that was not able to be switched to the NZ band plan. Also they dont seem to have RDS in most models over there. Shame the UK is just as bad as NZ for overpriced carbaudio. worse in some cases.

Amps and stuff for sure from the US but the tuner is a big questionmark on most I have looked at when looking at headdecks.


Groan - I completely overlooked that!

The thought had occurred to me - the original unit I was looking at (JVC KD-A95BT) has switchable frequency tuning intervals (10kHz/200KHz US vs 9Khz/50KHz EU and 10KHz/50kHz S.America).  Didn't think to check when I bought the Sony unit instead.

Oh well, guess I'll order the JVC unit and see if I can sell the Sony as-is on Trademe.  It'd make for a great iPod/Pandora interface, but the radio thing would irk me.


Crisis averted - apparently you can get a band shifter to enable tuning of even frequencies (rather than the odd frequencies used in the US): http://www.edl.co.nz/shop.php?action=list&id=16

It's a bit of a kludge, but I think it'll do the trick.  I'd actually ordered the JVC unit already - Amazon has a great order management system though (was able to cancel the order fairly promptly).

A good reminder for me to do my homework before buying things sight unseen!

Edit - so it turns out that some regions use odd frequencies, whilst others use even frequencies - even with the band shifter, I'll only be able to tune one or the other.  So I think I'm going to go back to plan A and get the JVC unit - sigh...

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